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Any old farts remember synchronized slide shows?

Discussion in 'Cameras and Photography' started by ConradH, Oct 29, 2017.

  1. ConradH

    ConradH Addicted Member

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    We did these back in high school. If I remember right, we used a stereo tape deck, probably a Wollensak, with music on one channel and a tone to trip the slide projector on the other channel. We matched appropriate images of the times (war protests and such) with Simon & Garfunkel's Sounds of Silence. Actually made a pretty decent impression, though we certainly weren't sophisticated artists at the time. The closest thing we had to a computer back in '72 was a floor standing programmable HP (I think) calculating machine.
     
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    Beep.
     
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    I remember ...
     
  4. fredcohiba

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    I was the AV guy in grade school and definitely remember seeing them up and waiting for the - Ding.....
     
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    I do but I am not an old fart - yet.
     
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    Yes, we had a few educational "slide-tape programs" shown to us, and we got to make our own on occasion.
    There was also a technique - I forget the exact details - where a piece of Polaroid film was placed onto the 35mm slide itself, and then a disc of similar film was rotated slowly directly in front of the projector lens: this created the effect of movement in certain parts of the slide
    At university, we occasionally got such a show using NINE projectors, with crossfades and dissolves.

    (We also had this diabolical machine that projected a story, in text form, one line at a time. It was supposed to teach good reading technique. I think now it probably did more damage than good).
     

     

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  7. Gazdatronik

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    Whaddya mean oldfarts? They were still using this tech when I was in elementary school, '91-'96
    Sometimes a proto-powerpoint presentation was still the best way to get info across to a group of idiot children.
    Of course, by then it was slightly more automated, no kid changing the slide. Unless the damn thing was half broken, and then you would have to conscript a child soldier to do so.

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    Not synchronized....but I did lots of presentations with slides and overhead projector.
     
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    When I started in the car biz BMW sent their training material on a 35mm filmstrip with a cassette for the Dukane system. I may very well have one of those stashed around here someplace. I know I have some of the film strips. Their next step in technology was Sony BetaS on the large carts used by TV stations.
     
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    Yes. And I learned that if it's more than about 15 minutes long you start losing your audience.
     
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    Does the Talking View Master count?
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    By '91 I had graduated HS, did 6 years in the Navy, graduated from college, had 2 kids and finally divorced after 8 years of purgatory.
    WOW, I am old!!! :yikes:

    Idiot children...:rflmao:
     
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    While digitizing Indiana Universtiy's collections we found many of these cassettes, but without their associated filmstrips. I clearly remember these from school for class lessons.
     
  14. old_tv_nut

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    In college, about 1964, they had a set of three rear-projection pedestals for publicity venues. They had maybe 25 inch screens, and would sit side by side with Carousel projectors in them. All three had been running from one cue source, but to get fancier, they had bought a punched paper tape reader, and I got the job of interfacing it to the projectors and then writing up a procedure for what characters to punch into the paper tape to advance the projectors individually or in unison. IIRC, the reader was advanced by the former single cue pulse.

    As far as picture quality, a new presentation would start out looking OK, but after many days of use would fade badly.

    I don't recall if there was any sound with that particular presentation. It could be; but on the other hand, it may not have been used in some public spaces.
     
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    Your jealousy is showing!
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    I'm pretty sure that Nan Golden's work "The Ballad of Sexual Depenency" uses this system. About 700 slides with an accompaning soundtrack (and a lot of slide projectors ...). Saw it once at a museum. Pretty amazing. Slides seemed to be up for varying lengths of time from memory.
     
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    I can't remember on account of the brain damage caused by excessive mimeograph chemicals
     
  20. Decibel_116

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    This is what I remember from school. A Dukane record player/filmstrip projector in one unit.

    BTW, what prompted you to think of this?

    Dukane Filmstrip.jpg
     

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