Modern tech lets you relive classic, hand-cranked movies
posted Friday, June 14, 2013 at 2:10 PM EDT
There's still a lot of love around for traditional analog film when it comes to still photography, but on the video side of things, that love of older methods doesn't seem to have hung around in quite the same way. But there are still some people out there who want to play with the jerky, old, and slightly wonderful hand-cranked methods of recording and playing films.
On the recording side, Kinocam is an iPhone app that replicates the old hand-cranked home-movie cameras. You twirl a small digital handle to record the video, and the it comes out as jittery and discolored as you could hope. Unfortunately, we're not sure if, like a real hand-cranked recorder, you can slow down and speed up the footage by changing the speed at which you crank.
On the opposite side of the coin, a Dutch designer made a digital version of a hand-cranked movie projector, dubbed the Bioscope. Named after early projectors, this is a modern take on that same concept, but this time controling a digital movie file.
Once loaded up with a video, the playback is controled by the hand crank, allowing the user to advance at whatever speed they want, or even roll the film backwards. Powered by Raspberry Pi microcomputer and a custom shield, the Bioscope unfortunately was not designed for mass production, but rather to be shown at design events.