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University of South Carolina, Columbia (Columbia, SC 29208-0001)
Gregory James Wilsbacher (Project Director: May 2014 to April 2018)
AEO-Light 2.0: An Open Source Application for Image-Based Digital Reproduction of Optical Film Sound

The second-phase development of the AEO-Light optical sound extraction software, an open-source tool that enables more efficient digital preservation of optical sound motion pictures.

The University of South Carolina Moving Image Research Collections (MIRC) and the Interdisciplinary Mathematics Institute (IMI) seek a two-year, $222,146 grant to further develop our AEO-Light optical sound extraction software created through the support of a 2011 NEH PARD grant. The initial grant was successful as a research and development grant but the software has not yet met the high standards of the preservation community. Additional funding will enable us to respond to user feedback and provide the preservation community with an open source tool able to meet its rigorous standards and further the long-term survival of our nation’s optical sound motion picture history.

Project fields:
Cultural History; Film History and Criticism; Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

Research and Development

Preservation and Access

$222,146 (approved)
$221,728 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2015 – 12/31/2017