Threading the RCA Projector

The latest entry in our boredom contest. This guy's voice is particularly deadly--especially when he repeats the same passage!

However, I now want to say "sprung idler" and "snubber roller" over and over, so the film must have worked!

The fact that this skill is extinct does add a certain piquancy to the boredom, though.
     Posted By: Paul - Tue Jul 08, 2014
     Category: Boredom | Movies | Technology | 1950s

I worked in a company that custom made automated equipment for the mining industry. Part of my job was the programming and hence I had to write an operation manual. The buyer's head honchos wanted a manual that a chimp could understand (no offence). In reality, on installation, it was hand them the keys.
Posted by BMN on 07/08/14 at 08:22 AM
How could I watch this if I didn't know how to thread a projector to begin with?
Posted by S.Norman on 07/08/14 at 08:25 AM
Wow that brought back a lot of memories of being a young A.V. Geek in school! It always made everyone happy when we could fix a projector and save the show. :lol: :coolsmile:
Posted by Tyrusguy on 07/08/14 at 09:34 AM
Quickly becoming one of the lost arts of the past.

Notice that the usage in popular language lags behind the continuing demise of physical methods of recording either visual or audio. We still refer to "taping" or "filming" an event when the large majority of capture devices are solid state electronic with no physical media involved. May you live in interesting times.
Posted by KDP on 07/08/14 at 12:30 PM
@ S. Norman:
The same way you viewed those video tapes on how to set up your VCR, either read the manual and follow the instructions, or called Bob* to come set it up for you. THEN you watched the how to video.

*Why is it the guy that knows how to do something is always named Bob?**

**Must be the Enzyte!
Posted by Captain DaFt on 07/08/14 at 04:25 PM
I was always better at taking things apart than putting them together. I am the one the AV geeks and IT people have to clean up after. :red:
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 07/08/14 at 08:07 PM
Somehow this made me think of Spaceley Sprockets and George Jetson.
Posted by tadchem on 07/11/14 at 06:49 PM
Re: this skill being "extinct"
Reports of its death have been greatly exaggerated.

The only time I ever ran a projector this complicated, I was simultaneously running two of them. My instruction consisted of the directions printed on the machine, in the dark. I received one verbal note, explaining that as the reel ran out I'd see a circle flash in the upper right corner of the screen. When the circle appeared for the third time, turn on the second projector and turn off the first, in that order. Then rewind the reel and set up the next reel so it is ready to go at the flick of the switch.

And so, with no formal training at all and no experience with anything but an old 8mm projector I had watched some porn on, I wound up being the projectionist for a screening of Othello (the one with Sir Lawrence Olivier) for a college English class when I was like 13.
Posted by SpyOne on 07/12/14 at 12:44 PM
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