What is “digital”? Etymologically (17th Century), it is what has to do with numbers and their calculation. But since the advent of computers in the 1960s, “digital” refers to signals (text, image, sound, multimedia, etc.) transformed into numbers so that they can be processed by computers.
The digital is opposed to analog; for example, a vinyl record (analog) preserves the sound by burning a groove whose curve is analogous to the vibrations in the air, whereas in digital (CD, file, streaming), the sound is preserved in the form of a series of numbers representing, in a simplified way, this same curve of the vibrations of the air.
In summary, analog is a trace of the real (example: the negative in silver photography), whereas digital is a digital coding of this trace.
Until now, computers have used the binary code: numbers are represented as 0 and 1 only (the “bit”, the elementary unit of digital information). It is a very poor information (binary...), that’s why the bits are organized by groups of 8 (“the byte”). These 8 bits allow 256 possible combinations of 0 and 1, so one byte can store a number between 0 and 255, which can, for example, represent a letter of the alphabet, thanks to an international standard called the ASCII code. It is thanks to this type of common standard that computers can communicate with each other.
For example, each character in the text you are reading corresponds to a byte, which itself is a group of 8 bits. Bits can be stored in a thousand ways: black or white squares (the QR codes), magnetic magnetization (hard disks), light or dark (optical fibres), sound or silence (magnetic tapes and old modems), microcassette or flat (CDs, DVDs and Blu-ray discs) . The digital code can change media without losing information, unlike analog, which is dependent on its medium (you can’t put a vinyl disc in a cassette player for example).
We extend the term “digital” to all its uses: “digital video”, “digital cultures”, “digital economy”, “digital rights”, etc.
Roundtable / lectures on the issues of creation in the digital age.Rouen, 2 December 2014. I participated in the roundtable / lectures as an artist and cultural player. It is obvious, digital upset the issues of artistic creation, whether from (...)
Benoît Labourdette is a filmmaker, educator, expert in new media, cultural innovation and entrepreneur. He was born in 1970. He founded, among others, the Court Bouillon screenings (1988-1997), the video production centre of the University of (...)
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A film by Benoît Labourdette (2’00s, 2020).
An innovation from the past that comes to visit us.
Interview of Benoît Labourdette by Jean-Yves de Lépinay (11’37s, 2020).
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Animation by Benoît Labourdette of a day of sharing digital mediation tools for cultural and digital mediators in the city of Nantes. September 17, 2019. Intentions and MeansIn order to transmit digital mediation tools that can be effective, it (...)
43rd Grenoble Open Air Short Film Festival : film analysis course.
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Active conference to equip social actors with digital skills to work on self-esteem with adolescents. Exchange of experiences and practices, and proposal of a lived experience.The [Image Forum-https://www.forumdesimages.fr/] organized the (...)
The municipal newspaper “Lilas News” announces the digital audiovisual creation workshops, as part of the project “The Digital Factory”, proposed by Benoît Labourdette..
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A method for the sustainability of projects.
Based on the way the human body balances itself, for a sustainable approach to project management.Observation of nature is often very good advice for engineering projects (architecture, aviation, textiles, IT, neural networks for example...). (...)
Animation of a conference by Benoît Labourdette on the issues of the new screens, October 8, 2010.“What is digital ? : The stakes of new screens”: this is the theme of the 3 days of training offered by écla Aquitaine on 6, 7 and 8 October 2010. (...)
Express Training about the basics and best practices of digital video, for the authors of the SCAM.The SCAM (Civil Society of Multimedia Authors) has for the first time offered its members technical training, because everyone is increasingly (...)
Nine films to present a selection of 2019 winners from the Afnic Foundation for Digital Solidarity. AfnicAfnic is the Internet Registry of domain names in.fr. Its profits are donated to the Afnic Foundation, which supports projects that (...)
A film by Benoît Labourdette (2’06s, 2021).
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Collaborative creation of a film for 80 people.The Regional Meetings of Image Passengers of the Rhône-Alpes Region, organized by Acrira (Amaury Piotin) at the cinema of La Turbine (Michel Caré and François Bonifacj) on October 7,2017, brought (...)
Conference by Benoît Labourdette in video on the theme “New digital tools and image pedagogy”. Duration: 1h. Pôle Image Franche Comté. March 2016, the 22th.The challenges of image education change deep enough due to the changes in uses and (...)
Development of practical and creative thinking in the pedagogy of images, with digital photography.July 8, 2013, invited by Jean-Yves Moirin and Francis Jolly in the Seminar of the Photographic Encounters, I proposed a conference on the (...)
Expert training to technology and digital video workflows, for editing teachers from several schools in the African continent. At AFDA, Johannesburg, South Africa. Inter-school training programCFI the French Cooperation Agency media, organizes (...)
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The Cinematheque of Martigues offers a program of films by Benoît Labourdette. “From the sensitive to the camera”Benoît Labourdette’s film program, from April 1 to 15, 2017, as part of the exhibition “Films in the Pockets”.Presentation textTo (...)
What is a web documentary?A web documentary is an interactive audio-visual object, consisting of photographs, sounds, text, video ... which is accessed with a computer, tablet, phone ... In the case of a tablet or phone consultation with the (...)
Lost film distribution, a company headed by Marc Olry, releases in theaters in August 2013 Ryan’s Daughter, directed by David Lean (1970, with Robert Mitchum Sarah Miles, Christopher Jones).Quidam production ensured the upscaling and (...)
Conference on the creative potential and the conquest of new audiences that digital allows, in the context of the launch of the call for projects “Identities Paths and Memory” (IPM) in the PACA Region. “Path and Memory Identities”Since 2002, the (...)
Inventing art forms, filmed with drone.The Company, place of contemporary art in Marseille, led by Paul-Emmanuel Odin, invited me to offer to local youth, in the central and very popular in Marseille where it is an audiovisual creative (...)
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A film by Benoît Labourdette (2’00s, 2020).
The Fondation Afnic supports projects that combine digital technology and solidarity. Benoît Labourdette’s visualization of the 2020 calls for projects.
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I led the team for the association Documentary on Big Screen a two-day training on technologies “Digital Cinema”.Documentary on Big Screen is an association that supports the documentary in theaters and its dissemination in general, through (...)
Does scenarios differently because of the existence and operation of the future is conceived on DVD ?It is of course difficult to generalize. You have to look in different areas. Let’s take two: film and corporate video. FilmIncreasingly, (...)
Stage de 5 semaines (formation en présentiel, à distance ou mixte).
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Collective film (4’34s, 2016).
In nature, objects share their digital experiences.
Red Pixel image pole of the Poitou Charentes region, proposed as part of “Lycéens in cinemas”, that one of the features of the program be replaced by a program of short films shot with mobile phone from the festival Takavoir, and students benefit (...)
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Video interview between Franck Ancel and Benoît Labourdette on the stakes of images and digital, as part of the prefiguration of the Digital Washhouse.
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Collective film (7’30s, 2019).
Digital things whisper their existence in our ears.
Collective film (4’38s, 2019).
When objects also decide to tackle their problems with digital technology.
Collective film (2’37s, 2020).
In the den of technology, the place where humans mutate.
Professional meeting led by Benoît Labourdette (duration: 1h35’).
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