Artifact Details

Title

Video Ethnography of Visual Almanac

Catalog Number

102738853

Type

Moving image

Date

2018-08-07

Participants

Hsu, Hansen, Interviewer
Lison, Andrew, Interviewee

Publisher

Computer History Museum

Place of Publication

Mountain View, CA

Format

MOV

Description

In the late 1980s, prior to the invention of compressed digital video on personal computers, the Apple Multimedia Lab created a number of multimedia software titles that involved a LaserDisc player being controlled by hypermedia software on a Macintosh computer, allowing video to be played alongside text and still graphics. This represented a transitional stage for multimedia, which would be transformed by Apple's invention of QuickTime video only a few years later. Dr. Andrew Lison, an Assistant Professor of Media Study at the University of Buffalo, has been researching this moment of multimedia's transition in the geopolitical context of the end of the Cold War. Dr. Lison demonstrates and discusses two such videodisc/software hybrids produced by the Apple Multimedia Lab: the Visual Almanac, and The Encyclopedia of Multimedia.

Category

Documentary

Credit

Computer History Museum

Lot Number

X8741.2019