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Silent Film mode for DVD players

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The "Silent Film" mode for DVD players will show all films in grainy black and white with a slightly variable frame-rate. The musical score for the film will be analysed and converted to a piano accompaniment. Random subtitles from the DVD's subtitle track will occasionally be extracted and shown, surrounded by decorative flourishes, in an old-fashioned typeface in white on a black screen. The credits will be shown at the beginning of the film. At the end of the film, the text "THE END" will be shown over the closing shot.
hippo, Nov 03 2010

Only tenuously related to this idea. http://www.boingboi...lloween-the-gr.html
[DrBob, Nov 03 2010]

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8th of 7, Nov 03 2010
  

       Brill. Though in the case of Star Wars, I would rather like to see Darth Vader recast as a moustache twiddling, top-hat wearing villain, who keeps kidnapping Princess Leia and tying her to the hyper-tracks.
zen_tom, Nov 03 2010
  

       //analysed and converted to a piano accompaniment// Is this possible to automate? Shouldn't it just _be_ silent? Or at least just make ciné projector sound effects sssschackerchackerchacker... You can sit at the piano and improvise your own accompaniment. I agree with [ZT], this sounds like a project for a studio of film-makers (in China presumably, to keep costs down)
pocmloc, Nov 03 2010
  

       / //analysed and converted to a piano accompaniment// Is this possible to automate? /   

       It should be, with the appropriate software, but on a computer, not on the cheap hardware inside a DVD player.
BunsenHoneydew, Nov 03 2010
  

       Very amusing :)
phundug, Nov 03 2010
  

       + fun but I'm afraid this is baked my old VCR player!! ;)
xandram, Nov 03 2010
  

       You’d also need a fairly complex processor on the board that looks ahead and analyses the visual signal, extracting and extrapolating a lot of preceding context: how we got to the current situation; what the characters do typically; who they are; what kind of situation we find ourselves in; what problems are about to occur; what we should watch out for next. Once this information has been extracted and displayed, we can then, after about 20 minutes or so of contextual build-up, begin the actual story.
Ian Tindale, Nov 03 2010
  

       Eh? Why?
BunsenHoneydew, Nov 04 2010
  

       I think what Ian's getting at is the style of older films to faff-about for much of the beginning of the film, setting context etc - in a way that's not so necessary nowadays (certainly not via the medium of big banners providing the exposition in text anyway) now that a common set of standard conventions (and alongside those, viewer expectations) can be relied upon, we can normally skip almost directly to the explosions.
zen_tom, Nov 04 2010
  

       Sounds good to me. [+]
xenzag, Nov 04 2010
  

       FINALLY! Old DVD porn is old again! [+]
Letsbuildafort, Nov 07 2010
  

       Friends did this with their wedding video. Devastatingly funny, with jerky motion and cars zooming about frantically.
infidel, Nov 08 2010
  

       Two thumbs up, by the way.
infidel, Nov 11 2010
  
      
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