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Thomas Daniel: Video Restorer and a Great Friend

I first read about him on Greta's blog. He seemed to be quite knowledgeable about Indian and Pakistani films. Later I learned about his expertise in VHS/VCD restoration. I saw a few samples that he used to distribute as multi-part ISO files. The difference between the quality of the original VHS tapes and his final DVD-quality videos was magical. We became friends and, later, I also contributed a lot of videos that I had from my own collection and the collections of Dr Manohar Lal Kapur and late Amarjit Singh Anand. 

Also I would like to mention here that although I ended up writing the book on Edwina, Tom is the one who actually interviewed her and graciously allowed me to use his material in the book. Thanks Tom!

He posts his videos on YouTube, focussing on early films, for which the copyright has expired. For a while now he has been having problems with his YouTube channels. Here is a statement from his channels.

Description

This channel features films from classic (all public domain) Indian and Pakistani films.

I can prove commercial use rights for all elements of the films. Each film has undergone - on average - 40 hours of heavy editing and restoration. An example:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rwb-4G0jl_8

Please read its Video Information. No video in this channel 'duplicates' or 'reuses' any video found on YouTube or elsewhere. Any copyright claims found in the channel are 'mistaken' and are dealt with. Added value is provided by:

1. Better quality as compared to other similar videos on YouTube

2. Videos at film speed resulting in more natural movement and songs in tune (not a semitone too high, no PAL speedup, unlike other channels)

3. Original aspect ratio (not 'widescreen' as in most other channels)

4. Heavily edited and retimed English translations provided when available

Perhaps this recent article about me will help explain the added value this channel provides:

https://plus.google.com/111727494991241291110/posts/SQC6UyfmLRo

Here is the article about him in the Business Standard

 

Download pdf here

 

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