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Rare Footage: The Andrea Doria on her Maiden Voyage, 1953

The Andrea Doria, once considered the most beautiful ocean liner ever launched, was made famous for her sinking in the North Atlantic.

The Andrea Doria sank on July 25, 1956, en route to New York from Genoa, Italy, after it collided with another passenger ship, the Stockholm. Of the Andrea Doria’s nearly 1,500 passengers and more than 600 crew members, more than 2,000 people were saved, in one of the most stunningly successful rescues in maritime history.

She made her maiden voyage on January 14, 1953, and after surviving a force 9 storm, arrived in New York 9 days later to a welcoming delegation.

Recently, we aquired some rare footage of this historic event – including life jacket drills!  This rare 16mm film was transferred to digital with heavily modified equipment.   Each frame was backlit with remote halogen lighting and captured through a condensor lense directly to a Canon GL2 and held on non-compressed files for preservation. You can see an excerpt of this rare video here.  (Frame rate been adjusted to 29.97 fps using a blending technique).  For more information call 615-479-8510.  (used with permission from the Landers family via their home movies).

You can read more about the Andrea Doria here.

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Going Digital Without DVDs

Most normal people got out their camcorders only at special events and birthdays.  But, if you’re like us,  you recorded so much in the last two decades you can watch your kids grow up again in real time.  What to do?  Forget DVDs and go direct to a hard drive.

Now you can have the luxury of watching your home movies on your flat screen TV straight from your hard drive without the use of a computer.  There are a few open systems out there, but most require peripheral hardware that you don’t need, or require you to have your movies stored in MP4 format (such as the Apple TV).

Our pick:  Western Digital’s new WD TV box.  This device is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand and connects between your hard drive and TV.  It sells for about $130 and accepts almost any format you can think of.  It comes with a handy remote so you can enjoy your movies straight from an animated menu.  You can learn more by going to their website at www.WesternDigital.com.

Why pay for DVDs if you can have your home movies digitized directly onto your hard drive and watch them on your TV?

What you have:    Film, slides, videotape, etc.

What to do: Have them digitized to MPEG2 for about 25 cents per minute

What you get: A WD TV box to connect between your TV and hard drive.  Then enjoy!

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