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>> No. 20371 Anonymous
12th February 2016
Friday 7:23 pm
20371 Engineering/Corporate Videos
I'm quite interested in watching promotional videos of manufacturing companies, mainly for education/general interest, but I occasionally stumble across gems which are somehow just hilariously bad.

Please share anything you have which falls into any of these categories, either interesting or comical.

This is one of my favourites, mainly due to the exciting script and expert narration.

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>> No. 20372 Anonymous
12th February 2016
Friday 7:32 pm
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This one's from Bethlehem Steel, about highway construction.

Not a whole lot has changed since this video was brought out, frankly.

>> No. 20374 Anonymous
12th February 2016
Friday 8:33 pm
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I'm rather partial to safety training videos. They combine engineering nerdiness with a hint of disaster movie drama.

The US Chemical Safety Board produce a lot of films that pique my interest.


In a similar "painstaking analysis of a horrific explosion" vein, here's a superb lecture on the Piper Alpha disaster:

>> No. 20376 Anonymous
12th February 2016
Friday 8:36 pm
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Oooh me too, I love good safety videos.

This one's a cracker;
>> No. 20377 Anonymous
12th February 2016
Friday 9:18 pm
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Fucking hell, that crab.

The BBC did an interesting documentary a couple of years ago on saturation divers:


No discussion of safety videos would be complete without mention of Paul Tyreman, the ubiquitous face of railway training:

>> No. 20378 Anonymous
12th February 2016
Friday 9:21 pm
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This is amusingly shit.

>> No. 20379 Anonymous
12th February 2016
Friday 9:24 pm
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Yeah, seen it, it's a great doc.

That balfours video's a corker, brilliant.
>> No. 20385 Anonymous
13th February 2016
Saturday 6:57 pm
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I don't know whether this would fit, since it was intended for customer consumption, but take a look at this:


A couple of years later they brought in a new format promo that contained even more about the background and less about the content. A good choice of running order too. I mean, who doesn't get excited about franchise agreements with the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg? This is one of many iterations:

>> No. 20395 Anonymous
14th February 2016
Sunday 9:56 am
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>In a similar "painstaking analysis of a horrific explosion" vein, here's a superb lecture on the Piper Alpha disaster:

Thanks for that. I watched a "seconds from disaster" style documentary on that the other day, their explanation was very over-simplified.
>> No. 20396 Anonymous
14th February 2016
Sunday 1:48 pm
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Fucking hell dude you just nostalgia'd my head off. I remember when my family had satellite TV in the early 90s, in the days before it was Sky Digital dominated, and there were several channels we didn't pay for that would instead just show the Astra promo on repeat 24/7. For some reason I'd just sit there and watch it, I must have been about 6 or 7, but I loved seeing the spaceship launch and the explaination of how satellites orbit and broadcast and stuff. I seem to recall it had Prokofiev's Dance of the Knights too.
>> No. 20397 Anonymous
14th February 2016
Sunday 2:57 pm
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Glad you enjoyed it. What fascinates me is how a cascade of minor errors turned into a complete catastrophe, starting with something as seemingly trivial as a mislaid bit of paper. Nobody at any stage did anything blatantly stupid, but nevertheless 167 men died.
>> No. 20399 Anonymous
14th February 2016
Sunday 4:47 pm
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They call it 'Swiss cheese' in safety jargon; basically your safety procedures are like slices of Swiss cheese, and if all the holes in the cheese line up, the hazard can get through safety slices and cause a disaster.
>> No. 20400 Anonymous
14th February 2016
Sunday 4:58 pm
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In fact fuck it have a link and a graphic http://patientsafetyed.duhs.duke.edu/module_e/swiss_cheese.html
>> No. 20402 Anonymous
14th February 2016
Sunday 7:02 pm
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Abu Dhabis own version of Bob the Builder is struggling to gain popularity.

>> No. 20404 Anonymous
14th February 2016
Sunday 8:53 pm
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This is rapidly becoming one of my favourite threads over. I've watched too many of these so far....

Loved the ultra tedious one about trains.
>> No. 20405 Anonymous
14th February 2016
Sunday 9:38 pm
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Did someone mention ultra-tediuos videos about trains?



>> No. 20406 Anonymous
14th February 2016
Sunday 10:32 pm
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How about an hour and a half of excruciatingly dull promo videos for Acorn Computers?


At 1:09:00 there's a painfully nineties sales video, fronted by notorious sex beast John Leslie.
>> No. 20407 Anonymous
14th February 2016
Sunday 10:46 pm
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I genuinely love the Computer Chronicles, the earlier stuff especially:
I tried introducing it to a couple of my nerdier friends and they found it un-watchably boring, so I might be mostly alone on this.
>> No. 20409 Anonymous
14th February 2016
Sunday 11:26 pm
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I'm a big fan too. There's a naive joy to early computing, a sense of unadulterated wonder.

Today, we've become completely blase about technology. On the one hand we're bombarded with dreary corporate hype about the latest iThingie or an app that promises to change the world forever; on the other, there's a sense of cynical resignation about ad tracking or mass surveillance. If we're not bored or annoyed by technology, we're scared about what it might be doing behind our back.

There's a gentleness and earnestness about the Computer Chronicles that reminds me of Carl Sagan. Every new development is a wonder to behold, just for the sheer ingenuity of it. Nobody knew why they wanted their first computer, they just wanted to be a part of the future. I miss that.

>> No. 20411 Anonymous
15th February 2016
Monday 12:24 am
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>> No. 20412 Anonymous
15th February 2016
Monday 2:54 am
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If you like these kind of videos, there is a brilliant series on one of the cable channels, Quest I think, can't remember what the series is called, that is just "making things" - it shows how they make stuff, factory machines stuff like that.

There were also a couple of recent BBC4 documentaries - one showing a dude making a knife from scratch, another was a glassblower making bottles and vases by hand - the notable point about these was that there was no voiceover or commentary whatsoever - definitely the future of television! I can definitely recommend these two programmes if you can find them. (There was a third which was all about the dawn chorus, which was cool and that, but not as good as making stuff).
>> No. 20413 Anonymous
15th February 2016
Monday 1:18 pm
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How It's Made? Yeah, that's kind of the poster child series for this kind of thread.

They did a lot of "slow TV" over the Christmas period, I missed the forging and glassblowing ones but did catch the Sleigh Ride. It's probably not on iPlayer any more but I'd thoroughly recommend it to anyone here who likes this sort of contemplative, peaceful style of telly. It was wonderful.
>> No. 20415 Anonymous
16th February 2016
Tuesday 2:00 am
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If we're veering into old factual TV in addition to industrial videos, how about this? It's a 1988 documentary about TV manufacturing, contrasting Panasonic's new factories in South Wales with Fidelity, one of the last remaining British TV manufacturers.

I think it offers a fascinating snapshot of Britain in transition, as well as some interesting details about manufacturing. The uploader has left the adverts in, which are interesting in their own right.

>> No. 20416 Anonymous
16th February 2016
Tuesday 3:12 am
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Not exactly what OP is looking for but I love industrial and engineering documentaries. The BBC does fair few but many float under the radar.
>> No. 20418 Anonymous
17th February 2016
Wednesday 6:57 pm
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Courtesy of the excellent Ephemeral Film channel.
>> No. 20419 Anonymous
24th February 2016
Wednesday 6:26 pm
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Some engineering porn.

>> No. 20420 Anonymous
24th February 2016
Wednesday 7:55 pm
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I love the Ceefax Jazz soundtracks to most corporate videos. Engineering firms are big fans of using really corny stock music.
>> No. 20421 Anonymous
24th February 2016
Wednesday 9:40 pm
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I've got a whole stack of actual Ceefax jazz sitting around somewhere.
>> No. 20550 Anonymous
18th March 2016
Friday 10:05 pm
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I need to get myself a shed with a three-phase power supply so I can put on of these in it.

>> No. 20552 Anonymous
19th March 2016
Saturday 12:17 am
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This is oddly satisfying.

>> No. 20553 Anonymous
19th March 2016
Saturday 7:42 pm
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This has become my new favourite thread.
>> No. 20556 Anonymous
20th March 2016
Sunday 2:06 am
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This British Leyland film on "quality" has a certain tragicomic charm.

>> No. 20559 Anonymous
20th March 2016
Sunday 7:29 pm
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George A Cooper 1.jpg

I thought I recognised him somewhere.
>> No. 20564 Anonymous
25th March 2016
Friday 12:20 am
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Your embed didn't work.
>> No. 20565 Anonymous
25th March 2016
Friday 12:25 am
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Bloody awful.
I blame the wine


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