Paul Shaffer visits DC Video to digitize his legacy videotapes
Thanks to our esteemed client, Reelin’ In The Years Productions, The David Frost Show which was syndicated from 1969 -1972 has become more available than ever! The show was previously handled by CTV (CBS) and now is exclusively handled by Reelin’ In The Years on behalf of The Estate Of David Frost (Paradine Productions).
These pictures are from the digitization of this series (1969-1972). Source material is 2" Quad videotape. All images shown, unless otherwise noted, are from the unusual Quad speed of 7.5 ips. Yes, high-band color at 7.5! Each preserved show is a 2" to 2" dub.
After viewing these images, you will agree: This is one of the finest collections of television programming ever created, recovered and preserved!
Reelin’ In The Years Productions archive houses over 20,000 hours of music footage spanning 90 years and 7,000 hours of in-depth interviews with the 20th century’s icons of Film and Television, Politics, Comedy, Literature, Art, Science, Fashion and Sports filmed between 1962 - 2012. The interviews are primarily from the archives of Sir David Frost, The Merv Griffin Show, Rona Barrett and Brian’s Linehan’s City Lights from Canada. Here’s a four minute demo which is a complete overview of the Reelin' In The Years archive.
For more information including clip licensing opportunities, contact:
RITY Productions: http://reelinintheyears.com/contact-us/
DC Video is proud to be able to contribute to Reelin' In The Years Productions release of the Merv Griffin DVD Box set. Thanks to David Peck and his team for the kind words and appreciation of our work in the liner notes.
As we discussed earlier, the archive exists in many different obsolete formats. There are very few people who know how to properly transfer these tapes and, most importantly, care about the work they are doing. In our opinion, David Crosthwait and his company DC Video are alone at the top in this field. David, along with his associate Craig Asato, spent an incredible amount of time getting these tapes to look their best. Transferring these obsolete tape formats requires extraordinary measures. For example, with some of the ½-inch open reel tapes, it took upwards of six hours to transfer one 60-minute reel to make it look its best. David and Craig’s extensive knowledge, passion and work ethic made this material look better than it ever had in the past. We really can’t stress enough the important role they played in the restoration of the entire Merv Griffin archive.
While David and Craig at DC Video performed miracles on some of this footage, the simple fact is that these tapes are very old and, as we discussed above, the material is housed on both broadcast and non-broadcast formats. Consequently, there will be imperfections and glitches here and there, but we felt, whenever that was the case, the shows in question represented important moments in the history of television and were worth including, even if some of them are in less than pristine form.