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Uploaded on Apr 29, 2009

Man Walking Around A Corner by Louis le Prince

Click for details: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_Le...

A film by Louis Aimé Augustin Le Prince
comprising sixteen frames made with a LPCC Type-16
at unknown date.

Separate frames can be seen at flickrnospam's flickr account

http://www.flickr.com/photos/10912969...

Created from a scan of a 1930
copy of original frames by
National Science Museum (London).

Courtesy of
National Museum of Photography,
Film and Television (Bradford).

I made this amateur restoration to first show the film at 20 frames per second, and then in slow motion at 2 frames per second. There are only 11 usable frames, as 3 are either lost or over exposed.

Long story how I did this:

1. download File:Homme-au-coin-d-une-rue-man-walking­-round-corner.png from
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Hom...

2. resize it to 1333 to 1273 with the Lanczos filter in Irfanview

3. Of the 16 frames, 2 are mostly lost, 1 is overexposed and the last is barely recognizable

4. assign W, X, Y and Z to rows and A, B, C and D to the columns, and ...

5. measure the horizontal pixel-distance between the man's head and the prominent upright post:

Column: A __ B __ C __ D
Row
=============================
W .... : 23 _ 22 _ 2 _ ? :
X .... : 35 _ 15 _ ? _ ? :
Y .... : 38 _ 14 _ 20 _ -5 :
Z .... : 38 _ ? -22 _ -12 :
=============================

6. measure the horizontal pixel-distance between the man's head and the prominent black slot:

Column: A __ B __ C __ D
Row
=============================
W .... : 17? 17 _ 32 _ ? :
X .... : 7 _ 25 _ 25? _ ? :
Y .... : 0 _ 22 _ 22 _ 45 :
Z .... : ? _ ? _ 58 _ 50 :
=============================

6. I guess the frame sequence was as follows:

Column: A __ B __ C __ D
Row
=============================
W .... : 13 _ 12 _ 6 _ 5 :
X .... : 14 _ 11 _ 7 _ 4 :
Y .... : 15 _ 10 _ 8 _ 3 :
Z .... : 16 _ 9 _ 1 _ 2 :
=============================

7. mnually split the single image into 16 frames

8. register each frame to fit within a 416 by 384 pixel canvas,
aligning each frame by hand; replaced frame 9 with black
because it had no restorable image.

9. add title cards, and use VirtualDub to
compose the 20 frame per second sequence
followed by the 2 frames per second sequence.

10. upload to YouTube!


License: I release into the public domain all modifications for frames 1 to 16 for my amateur restoration of Louis le Prince's "Man walking around a corner" ("Homme au coin d'une rue"). Louis le Prince disappeared 1890, and these frames came from a poor scan of a 1930 photograph of the original 1888 film.

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