For memories’ sake / Lovell Films & Preservation Project present, a film by Ashley Maynor ; producer, Paul Harrill. (OCLC #651057604)

RDA on Details of Colour Content describes recording “details of the presence of colour, tone, etc., in the content of an expression, and the specific colours, tones, etc., including black and white, present. Record details of colour content if considered important for identification or selection.” There was a specific rule for color of moving image, but it has been deleted in a revision to RDA.

The OLAC best practices guide for DVD and Blu-Ray gives more detailed examples, including the one used in the physical description of this video:

300 __ ǂa 1 videodisc (29 min.) : ǂb sound, color with 
    black and white sequences ; ǂc 4 3/4 in.

Lollapalooza / Sister Ray Enterprises. (OCLC #909786219)

On first glance, I thought this video might be black and white, which would have been coded:

007 __ ǂa v ǂb d ǂd b ǂe v ǂf a ǂg i ǂh z
300 __ ǂa 1 videodisc (63 min.) : ǂb sound, black and white

I watched some of the video and, like the cover, it is in (filtered/washed out) color, so I coded it:

007 __ ǂa v ǂb d ǂd c ǂe v ǂf a ǂg i ǂh z
300 __ ǂa 1 videodisc (63 min.) : ǂb sound, color

using vocabulary described in RDA I didn’t think Details of Colour Content (RDA were important for identification or selection, so didn’t include any more detail.


The Munsell book of color. Matte collection. (OCLC #871204356)

This binder of color chips appears to be a classic tool for precisely communicating colors; the earliest version in OCLC is from 1929.

The copy I have in hand has no dates on it, and vendor web sites don’t mention when it was last revised. No records in OCLC quite matched it, and the differences were major enough to justify a new record in OCLC: slight change in subtitle, different tools included in a pocket, etc.

It is not surprising that there are so many new and different editions. The back of the binder has a blank to record the date you first use the book, so you can keep track of when it expires (two years later), ceasing to be a faithful representation of those colors, so the publisher may not keep a large stock of the current edition.