Catalog 1961: Ocsilloscopy

Posted by Scott

"John Whitney’s demo reel of work created with his analog computer/film camera magic machine he built from a WWII anti-aircraft gun sight. Also Whitney and the techniques he developed with this machine were what inspired Douglas Trumbull (special fx wizard) to use the slit scan technique on 2001: A Space Odyssey."

This reminds me a lot of the 70’s network identification animations. Anyone know of a modern software emulator for this sort of effect?

via CreateDigitalMotion

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Simon Jakobsson says:

April 1, 2008 at 12:46 am

That was the strangest stuff I’ve seen in a while. The music in the clip was pretty annoying actually.


Boreale says:

April 1, 2008 at 1:05 am

I thought of a plug-in for After Effects too, Echospace from Trapcode…
All that with many expressions…

But there are so many different things here…


Stano says:

April 1, 2008 at 3:58 pm

I’d go with Apple Motion. You can get most of those animation in a couple of minutes (at least some good drafts) in reatime.


Justin says:

April 2, 2008 at 1:50 pm

Hey scott . I have researched many techniques on how to create analog tv idents from the 70’s through the 80’s (Ala 321 contact or the electric company ). However there is no known plug in that i know of that will recreate the effect .

Why ?

Well for one something is lost trying to recreate these effects digitally .We can try to create the colors and the same types of styles in after effects but unfortunately the end result often becomes only an echo of the past and not a recreation of the past itself . Just like how no matter how hard we try we can never truly emulate a super 8 mm look with todays cameras .

So what now ?

Well the workhorse that created a lot of these types of analog effects still exists . Its called the SCANIMATE .
and there is One .. yes ONE still in operation by a fellow named David Sieg .

i recommend his dvd documentary its a very interesting look at the nature of 2 decades of visual effects .

Hope this helps

Cheers Justin

p.s. thanks for the candy that came with your prints .


Jon says:

April 2, 2008 at 5:31 pm

and my last comment made no sense… there should really be an edit button on here ;)


Justin says:

April 2, 2008 at 8:59 pm

Dude i totally forgot to mention the justice video .

Its amazing .

Though its like a crisp digital version of the 70’s style idents .. its still awesome. Of course i guess it really depends on what look your going for this is great for a music video but something more original would be needed for a period piece . I still think this is one of the most kick ass videos i have seen since well .. there last music video for D.A.N.C.E.

heres a link i found to a high res version of it,2,,92062.html


yaronimus says:

April 11, 2008 at 7:20 am

JUSTINE – imo restoring analogue effects in a digital way is good, because it generates new effects and language, such as we can see in scott’s posters. it’s a natural thing. people are doing these things for ages. no art stream was solely built on air, and some artist tried to imitate the effects of time and the qualities of bygone art and design, thus creating a new language (because the mimic can never be exactly like the original). you can see it in new-classic movement in the 19th centry (i think) trying to repaint rome in their view), or the builders of the globe theater in rome, painting the wooden columns in a special way, so they would look like marble and not like wood.
this is so natural.