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FIRE FROM THE ARCHIVES

SEE THE OLDER RIGS, FIREFIGHTERS IN RUBBER COATS AND BOOTS!

FIRE LINE VIDEO WAS ABLE TO OBTAIN HOURS OF ARCHIVE NEWS
FOOTAGE FROM A NOW OUT OF BUSINESS NEWS COMPANY.
BROADCAST NEWS SERVICE WAS A LARGE FREELANCE NEWS
GATHERING AGENCY THAT COVERED ALL BREAKING NEWS STORIES
IN THE NEW YORK CITY AREA BACK IN LATE 1970’S THROUGH THE
LATE 1980’S. ALL OF THE FOOTAGE THEY RECORDED WAS STORED
ON ¾ INCH U-MATIC 1 HOUR VIDEO TAPES.

UNFORTUNATELY, NOT ALL THE TAPES FROM THE ARCHIVE WERE
RECOVERED. ADDITIONALLY, THE TAPES WERE NOT STORED PROPERLY
AND SOME LOSS OF QUALITY HAS OCCURRED. WE ARE REMASTERERING
THESE TAPES ON TO A FORMAT WHERE WE CAN MAKE THEM
AVAILABLE FOR VIEWING. PLEASE REMEMBER THAT THE FOOTAGE
IS SHOT FROM A TV NEWS BROADCAST POINT OF VIEW.
ALL SOUND IS NATURAL.

SPECIFICS:

THE VIDEO CAMERA AND RECORDER WERE 2 SEPARATE PIECES. THIS
REQUIRED TWO PEOPLE TO OPERATE. THE TWO PIECES OF GEAR
WERE CONNECTED WITH VIA A VIDEO CABLE. THE SHOULDER
SUPPORTED CAMERA WAS OF BROADCAST QUALITY AND AT THE TIME
WAS STATE OF THE ART. THE RECORDING DECK WAS CARRIED BY
MEANS OF A SHOULDER STRAP. THE DECK WEIGHED ABOUT 40
POUNDS. THE RECORDER OPERATOR ALSO CARRIED A BATTERY
BELT WEIGHING ABOUT 18 POUNDS, AND CARRIED A HAND HELD
MOVIE LIGHT. THEY ALSO HAD A MICROPHONE ATTACHED WITH A
10 FOOT CABLE.

HEARING THE TERM “SPEED” OR “ROLLING” ON THE TAPE IS THE RESULT
OF COMMUNICATION BETWEEN THE CAMERAMAN AND HIS
RECORDER OPERATOR. THE CAMERAMAN WOULD TELL THE OPERATOR
“ROLL” THE OPERATOR WOULD THEN PLACE THE RECORDER IN
PLAY & RECORD. THE VIDEO DECK WOULD THEN THREAD THE TAPE
AROUND THE RECORDING DRUM, AND BEGIN RECORDING, TAKING
ABOUT 3-5 SECONDS TO COMPLETE. UNTIL THIS OPERATION WAS
COMPLETE THE ACTUAL FOOTAGE WOULD BE UNSTABLE AND NOT
GOOD ENOUGH FOR EDITING; THE TERM “SPEED” WOULD INDICATE
TO THE CAMERAMAN THE THIS OPERATION HAS TAKEN PLACE AND
HE IS NOW RECORDING. VERY MUCH UNLIKE TODAY’S ONE PIECE
VIDEO EQUIPMENT.

EDITING: WE HAVE TRIED TO KEEP THE FOOTAGE AS INTACT AS
REASONABLE. SOME EDITING HAD TO BE DONE TO CLEAN UP SOME
VIDEO BREAKUP.

SOUND: AS MENTIONED ALL SOUND ON THESE VIDEOS IS NATURAL. YOU
MAY HEAR FIRE GROUND RADIO TRANSMISSIONS, BUT FOR THE
MOST PART IT'S GOING TO BE JUST AMBIENT AUDIO.

AS FOR THE FOOTAGE, WE WILL BE OFFERING FOOTAGE FROM NEW
YORK CITY, VARIOUS TOWNS AND CITIES IN NEW JERSEY, AS WELL
AS SOME OTHER PARTS OF THE TRI-STATE AREA INCIDENTS. WE
WILL PROVIDE AS MUCH INFORMATION ABOUT EACH INCIDENT
OFFERED AS WE CAN. AGAIN, THE INFORMATION PROVIDED IS VERY
MEAGER. MOST INFORMATION INCLUDED A TOWN AND DATE.




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