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Thursday, December 8, 2011

A Couple Experiments with "Video"

The staff at HMML (the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library) is always looking at ways to improve access to the Library's manuscripts and books.  Recently I tried my hand at making a couple simple video-slideshows to demonstrate the contents of two of our more interesting manuscripts:  The Kacmarcik Book of Hours and a 14th-century Graduale manuscript (choir book for the Mass).  Here are the results of these preliminary experiments--one lasts less than a minute and the other about two minutes.  Both are silent (I don't know about using music that may be under copyright, so I am avoiding that for now.

HMML has digitally photographed both of these manuscripts in their entirety. The Kacmarcik Book of Hours is already available in our free online image database, Vivarium ( and the Graduale will soon be available there as well.  There is also a fuller description of the Kacmarcik Book of Hours at the HMML Manuscript Studies Wiki:

Let us know what you think!

Happy viewing!

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