The Digital Film Library - by Steve Kallis, Jr.
Steve Kallis, Jr. has sent in so much good
Digital applications history via the Film Library that we gave him his own
webpage. Thanks Steve!
In the late 1960s, when I joined
Digital, the company had copies of a short film, on 16mm film.
These were copies of a program broadcast on public television,
illustrating the use of a company computer, a LINC-8 system. The
program, LINC With Tomorrow, featured the system being used
by a medical facility to interview incoming patients about their
medical history. There were several copies of the film.
the mid 1960s, computers were unfamiliar to most of the public, and
the thought of lending films to schools and professional societies
that showed applications of computers would help familiarize
audiences on how Digital's products could be used in a variety of
it happened, I owned motion-picture production equipment, and
proposed creating a few films that could show other applications.
From this was born the Digital Film Library.
addition to Linc With Tomorrow and the films that I made,
we kept a lookout that showed other applications of the company's
computer, and we found several.
Digital Film Library was maintained through most of the company's
history. In the company's final days, the library closed.
Although most of these films were lost
in the mists of time, I received videos of the four films I did for
the Library. In time, I was able to get these transformed to MP4
format. Rather than having them lost, they're now available for
viewing, or downloaded for retention on the Archive.org website.
The films are:
Regrettably, those are the only ones I
could share. But for nostalgia, the above can provide Deccies with
a return to the thrilling days of yesteryear.