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오래된 비디오 테이프를 정리하면서

   아마 여러분들 께서도 저와 같이 오래된 비디오 테이프를 갖고 계신분들이 많으리라 생각됩니다.

그동안에 여러 번 이사를 다니고 짐을 줄이고 살았어도 이것만은 버리지 않고 끌고 다닌것은 애들의 어렸을때 영상이 있기 때문이었습니다. 처음의 시작은 8mm촬영기와 영사기 였는데 애들(딸만 둘)의 어릴때 모습을 담은것으로 1979 년 경으로 여겨집니다. 촬영기 영사기가 각각 $1000 정도로 비싼 돈으로 애들 모습을 담은 멋있는 아빠 였지요.

   그 이후 1980년 초에 VCR (Video Cassette Recorder) 이 나왔는데 한국 드라마가 유행해서 이것들을 보느라고 많이들 갖고 계셨지요. Tape 는 VHS (Video Home System) 라는 format 을 사용했지요. 이때에 최초로 Camera 가 나왔는데 VCR Table Top machine (무거웠음) 에 cable 로 연결 하는 것으로 Yard 에서 찍으려면 무거운 Table Top 기계를 들고 다니는 어려움이 있었어요. 얼마 후에 Recorder 충전 해서 사용할수 있는 2 piece 로 된것 (각각 $1000)이 나왔고 결국 camera 까지 3 piece 인 셈이지요.

   다음에 나온 소형 3 in 1 piece (소형 Tape 사용: $1500) 까지 사서 동영상을 찍기는 했는데 그 이후는 애들이 크고 또 대학에 가서 따로 있으니, 찍는일이 자연히 줄고 없어졌지요. 다행이 처음 영화 촬영기로 찍은 영상들은 흰 벽에 영사한 후에 VCR로 녹화 했기 때문에 영사기가 망가졌어도 보존이 되었어요.

   이 Tape 들을 정리 보존 하려니 문제가 생겼어요. 첫째로 제 VCR 이 반쯤 망가져 Tape 를 잡아 뜯어 망가뜨리는데 새로 기계를 사기는 아닌것 같고, 오래된 영상물을 USB card 에 옮기는 Service 도 있는데 망가진 Tape 는 안될것 같고, 어차피 모든  tape 를 다 할수도 없고 하여 한 번 시도 했습니다.

 

   1. 망가진 VHS Tape Repair : 우선 망가진 Tape Box 를 열였어요. 5개 나사못을 빼고 열으니 모든 것이 튀어 나와 용수철과 조그만 플라스틱 부품이 섞여 도저히 모르겠어요. 나중에 알았지만 처음에 나온 RCA Box 는 다음에 나오는 Maxwell, Sony 등과 다르게 생겨 RCA Tape Box는 구입도 불가 할것 같고. 덜 중요한 Tape Box 를 열고 제 중요한 tape 를 수리(scotch tape 사용해서 연결)해서 대체하는데 성공.

   2. 많은 노력 끝에 Tape 를 망가뜨리는 VCR machine 수리.

   3. VCR machine 을 대형 TV에 연결해 영상 Play에 성공 (화질도 나쁘고, 화면이 움직임, 원본이 촬영시에 고정이 안되어)

   4. TV 에 나오는 영상을 i-pad 로 촬영.( i-phone 으로는 무지개 같은 방해 그림자 생김), 물론 TV sound volume 을 크게 하고 밤에 하는것이 좋음. i-pad 를 삼각에 올려놓기 힘드니 고정하는 방법도 연구 성공

   5. i-pad 의 영상을 computer 에 옮겨야. 촬영을 한시간 이내로 하고, 찍으면서 pause 가 없어 편집 불가. 찍은 양은 gigabite 보다 훨씬 많은 양임(i-pad 영상이 너무 좋아 많은 용량 사용). 토막내어 computer 에 옮김.

   6. computer 에 movie form 으로 있는 것은 그대로는 USB card 에 안 들어감. Movavi 라는 software 사용하여 mp4 system 으로 전환 하고 edit 도 가능하나 많은 어려움이 있었음. 상기 Movavi 는 유료인데 7일 동안 무료 가능 하여 7일 안에 작업 완료.

 

   이 모든 작업 하는 중에 저의 i-pad, notebook computer 거의 망가뜨릴 번 하고. 눈도 많이 상하고, 흔들리는 화면 때문에 골치도 아팠으나,

   소실 될뻔한 동영상이 화질은 나쁘나 보존이 되었고 손자들이 엄마 어릴때 영상에 정말 많은 관심 표명(딸들은 그저 그런데). 세월이 많이 지나면 가치가 생길려나? 옛날에 들인 돈을 그때 apple stock 을 사서 두었으면 이곳 바다가의 집 한채 값이 되었을까?

 물론 Professional 한곳에 맏기거나, 편한 convertor 가 있겠지요. 제가 있는 장비로 하자니 고생이 많았지요.

 

딸 들에게 쓴 편지를 공개합니다.

 

 

Note from Dad and Mom

 

     Quite some time ago, I made those video movies. I was the generator and recorder.  I did not check those for a long time, and during my several movings, I did not throw those away. Those days when I made these movies, it was very expensive and with lots of effort. Maybe not many of your friends have these kinds of movies ( 8-mm film movies). Luckily I transferred these (film movies) to the video movies later time by using a movie projector on the white wall and recorded by using a videotape recorder and video camera. You can see those movies here, that was before the video recording was available. Apple pick video is one of them, you can hear movie projector sound and you were much younger than other video movies.

    Those days, fathers who made film movies must be fancy and wealthy fathers (recorder, projector each $1000). When the video player from RCA came out on the market, it was the table-top model and was very heavy, and it was only for videotape players (we enjoyed lots of Korean drama). Later when the video camera came out, I was one of few early buyers and I connected the camera to the recorder using a cable, so some of the recording here, such as the snow sledding video, I had to take my heavy table-top machine out to front yard (snow-covered) and I connected my video camera to the recorder using a long cable in the cold weather. A couple of years later, carry-on recorder (2 pieces of machine  $2000 ) which were portable so I bought, most of the recordings done by these machines. That was not all.  Soon 3-in-1 piece recorder and camera came out in the market($2000), I bought. Also later I bought a mini video camera- recorder ($1500) and I recorded Louise's school play. It was small and lightweight.

     Those machines were new and very fancy, it was very expensive in Korea. My friend visited Korea and on entering, he was asked to hand-carry out those recorders and cameras at the time when he leaves Korea (otherwise they will charge heavy tax, it was highly profitable in Korea). It was recorded on the passport as a condition, but he forgot it and put those in the luggage bag, so he could not get out from Korea until his wife came to the USA and sent video machines back to Korea, then he was able to get out. 

   If I put all the money I spent for those machines into Apple stock, maybe it could worth a nice house in California now.

   Because of that history and my expensive hobby, I could not throw away my products, I showed them to Emmabelle and Dashiell a few weeks ago, and they were very much interested. They seem to really enjoy seeing their mom was their age. Also, you both enjoyed seeing your own piano plays. So I decided to transfer to some kind of digital format.

   It could be a simple thing if I sent to a professional place ask to transfer all of my tapes to a USB card. Regardless of the cost, I didn't need all of them, I didn't know which one I would need, I had to do edit and delete some of those, which would be a time-consuming effort.  Also, my tapes were very old and some of those were ruined and cut and broken boxes, so they might not be playable, and I did not know whether they can be even fixed to play.

  So I challenged myself.  (1) Fixing the broken Tapes:  I opened the VHS tape box. Once I unscrewed 5 screws and opened them, every little piece sprung out at the same time, I could not figure out which is which and where to start. I realized those VHS boxes are all different by different manufactures and by different time, so my old RCA  VHS tape box may not be even available to get, so I opened the later tape box which I had golf tournament recording, and I was able to put my old tape in that box to play.  (2) My next problem is to repair my temperamental VCR player, not to chew my tapes. I had a rough time fixing those.

   Finally, I was able to play repaired VCR tapes on my big screen TV. Since I didn't have a remote controller for the VCR machine, it was not a comfortable thing to watch a long tape(also pictures were moving due to handheld recorder; recorder position was not fixed at the time of recording), so watching gave me lots of eye pain and a real headache.   (3) I found out recordings should be done by i-pad (better than i-phone), I didn't have a tripod for i-pad, but I found the way. So I turned the TV volume loud and recorded using my i-pad.   (4) The next problem is from i-pad to my notebook computer. That was very tricky, since the apple product camera may be special, its quality is so good, its volume input to a computer is too much, my computer rejected to take those(high volume to accept). I found the hard way that if I re-boot both i-pad and my note-book, it will take only one recording under 1 hour, so I had to do a tedious job to move all of the recordings from my i-pad to my computer.  (5) From a computer to a USB card was also a task. I had to do some minimum editing job, otherwise, movie format makes too much volume for USB card, so I used free(only 7 days) software to convert movie form to MP4 form, and do the minimum editing job (very difficult: spent a lot of time and effort and frustration).  (6) Mom asked me to cut certain portions of tape simply she did not like her look or her saying on the recording, I had a really hard time erasing those.  (7) I needed a dark and sound-proof room to record, in reality, I closed my working room door and turned the TV volume higher and during nighttime recording only. Day time recording showed bright window shadow(even curtains on), it was visible on the recording.  (8) While I was doing the above tasks, I risked my favorite Sam Sung notebook and i-pad, few times I almost broke them (be non-functional).

 

   Nobody around me seems to know to solve my problems. Finally, I did it myself.

 

   I have few things to mention. You may not like all or a certain portion of the recording. Your children or your future grandchildren may appreciate it. You can edit or delete if you want.

   While we were watching these, mom and I realized, we had lots of effort and love for you guys, you were also good children, and you paid us back with all the pleasures. We love you and your children and will love you forever.

   Before you show these to your family, you should review them at your easy time. Some parts may not be comfortable to your husband or children. Do not spend too much time watching at one time, you may get a real headache and eye pain (poor quality picture and moving scenes). I spent quite a time putting the heading, so it may help you. Start with the one you are interested in and you may like.

 

             Producer: Dad       Recorder: Dad     Editor: Dad

             Supervisor: Mom

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