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Welcome to the Old Dyssean Society's Film Theatre. Video footage of the school and events.  Some of it is older than you might think.


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if they do not appear then you can try clicking on the link below them.


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Beginners HELP:
You can watch the videos on this page by clicking the play symbol (triangle) centre screen or to the bottom left of each video screen .  You can play / pause  or drag the timing bar to move about quickly as you will.  More HELP.


Diss Grammar School Buildings — 1990.

A film of the school taken by Doug Bartlett just prior to the bulding being demolished in 1990.  It looked like a cold windy day.  Turn up your sound!

(5m 46s runtime — by Doug Bartlett)
Click on play button to start.

DGS 1990 prior to demolition.

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Music subject to copyright, adverts may appear, 
these can be dismissed by clicking their X box.


For more of the schools history have a look at our history page. This need some work and any amendments / additions would be much appreciated.  For instance: when was the Gym block built?  When was the science block added?  What about the woodwork workshop?
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School Fête 13th July 1979 — Part I and II — Oh boy (girl) ! 
Some serious fun is being had here.  It's time to be proud or time to be embarrassed. It was a nice day weather wise.  

The video is in two parts, YouTube has a restriction on length of 15mins runtime (Jan 2012).  So rather than crop the 19min original I have spilt it.

Featuring:

Event
Trampo-boxing
Catapult
Knock me off the plank
Teacher in the stocks (pillory)
Mud pie and water pistol battle
Music on the grass
(if only they could sing)
Trampoline balls
Slow bike race
Darts

Aero bombing
Maggot racing
Mud pies
Target bowling 
Approx time on video ...
@ 0m16s
@ 1m55s
@ 1m00s & @ 6m41s
@ 2m17s & @13m55s
@ 3m35s
@ 4m17s

@ 6m06s & @15m12s
@ 7m26s
@ 8m51s
@ 9m23s
@10m25s
@11m07s
@12m47s


(18 minutes and 43 seconds — 14m 31s Part 1, 4m 12s Part 2
runtime by Doug Bartlett)

Click to start. 

DGS Fete, 13th July 1979 - Part I.

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Music subject to copyright, adverts may appear, 
these can be dismissed by clicking their X box.

DGS Fete, 13th July 1979 - Part II.

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(It opens in a new tab or window).
Music subject to copyright, adverts may appear, 
these can be dismissed by clicking their X box.


So come on boys and girls, identify yourselves!
Feedback here or on Mark's facebook group.

Let me have the video, Fête I or Fête II,
the approximate timing point (mins and secs in)
and any other info: names, the game, who ran it etc etc.
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School Sports Day 15th July 1980 — Part I and II.

THE LAST SPORTS DAY EVER AT DISS GRAMMAR SCHOL
  
 It was a cold and windy day in July.  

The video is in two parts, YouTube has a restriction on length of 15mins runtime (Jan 2012).  So rather than crop the 25min original I have spilt it.

(25 minutes and 18 seconds —13m 8s Part 1, 12m 10s Part 2
runtime by Doug Bartlett)

Click to start. 

DGS Sports Day, 15th July 1980 - Part I.

If the video does not appear click here.
(It opens in a new tab or window).
Music subject to copyright, adverts may appear, 
these can be dismissed by clicking their X box.

DGS Sports Day, 15th July 1980 - Part II.

If the video does not appear click here.
(It opens in a new tab or window).
Music subject to copyright, adverts may appear, 
these can be dismissed by clicking their X box.


So come on winners, runners-up or loosers,
identify yourselves!
Feedback here or on Mark's facebook group.

Let me have the video, Sports I or Sports II,
the approximate timing point (mins and secs in)
and any other info: names, the race.  
It's all running no, discus, Javelin, long jump etc. 
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A little about Doug Bartlett
(1924-2011):

Sadly Doug is no longer with us but his name shall remain after being given the VHS video tape.  Doug was not an Old Dyssean, he attended Dulwich College. His daughter Sarah has given posthumous permission to use Doug's footage on this site.

Doug was a director of Alma Components (see Hamlin Electronics) when he and his family moved to Diss in the early 1960s.  He was Chair of the board of govenors for Diss Grammar from 1975.  See Doug Bartlett Diss Express entry.

He was keen on technology and was a cine film enthusiast and an early VHS video follower as well.  These short snippets of the school and its events were from a 45 minute VHS video tape, filmed by Doug. 

Sarah, Doug's daughter, in reply to an email I sent to her says, "I would be very happy for Dad's school video to the be used.  He started with cine film before moving onto video, he was keen on modern technology. In fact, he is stuck on Facebook!! He joined some while before he died and we will have to try to work out his password to remove him!"
 

The VHS tape was given to me, Seth Reeder, in Jan 2012 by John Blagden, maths and physics teacher at DGS.  John's tape was already a compilation from Doug's originals.  The conversion to a digital format then ensued.  All this copying and conversion has its toll on quality but the result is worth watching as I'm sure you'll all agree.

Thanks Doug, John and Sarah.  Unique views of the school.


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How did we do that?

  1. The original VHS tape was played on a television and at the same time is was recorded onto a DVD, an imediate backup copy was placed on a USB drive.

  2. Using Freemake Video Converter the .VOB files from the DVD were converted to .WMV files for use on Window Movie Maker 2.6 which was used to do the editing, create the opening titles, captions, credits and add soundtracks etc.

  3. Using FreeMaker for a second time the .WMV file(s) created by Windows Movie Maker  were converetd to a form suitable for display on a computer or smartphone.  in this case YouTube was used as the host.
    (We had to convert twice as Windows Movie Maker cannot import .VOB files and since its output is .WMV files that format was chosen.)

  4. The files are availale from the WebMaster in various formats, please enquire here for further info.  All we ask is that you associate the name of Doug Bartlett with these videos.
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HELP HELP
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HELP - How to use the YouTube videos for beginners

YouTube is part of the Google stable, and the videos can be viewed on all types of computers and smartphones.

YouTube Help

The screen to the left is NOT an actual video. 

It is a picture to HELP demonstrate the various controls. 

Clicking on it will achieve nothing.


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  • Clicking the large Play icon (rightbound triangular arrow) centre screen will start the video.
     
  • Once rolling, clicking the Pause icon (vertical parrallel blocks) to the bottom left of the screen will pause the video.  The icon will change to a Play icon and clicking it again will restart the video.   It is a 'toggle action' button — Play / Pause (Start / Stop).
     
  • Hovering your mouse over the volume icon (a speaker shaped icon) will bring up the volume slider to adjust or mute the sound.
     
  • As the video progresses the timing bar (red with white spot) will move from left to right, you can drag this bar back and forth to select different parts of the video, similar to a fast forward / rewind only better.
     
  • The runtime of the video is indicated in numbers as is the current position.  This is to the right of the volume control.


See also the General Help page here.

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