Planning Your Videotape Project
Consider your goals for tackling the video in your collection. Here are some questions to ask and some information about the digitizing process.
- How many tapes do you have?
- For your first visit, bring two or three tapes so we can assess the condition and perhaps take a look at the content. ALSO, bring a portable hard drive formatted for your office environment - Windows or Mac.
- Do you know the formats of your tapes? See Videotape Identification and Assessment Guide.
- We can digitize VHS, U-Matic, Betcam SP, Digital Betacam, 1” open reel, D2, Hi 8, MiniDV and DVCam.
- Do you know what the content is?
- Have you done appraisal? We can appraise in-house, but it’s helpful to do what you can in advance.
- If labels are not adhered well to your cassettes, please remove them, but keep the label or have info about what's on the label written somewhere else, if you think it’s accurate.
- How many videotapes do you want to digitize? Having a catalog entry and an item number is helpful for tracking your video through the digitization process.
- Videos are digitized in real time; you might not want to bring more than you have time for during your allotted time.
- We will discuss the correct preservation and access file formats for your institution. Once the digitization is done you have not only the original videotape but associated digital files.
- Consider how you describe and store the files you receive at your home institutions. We can talk to you about this.
- Which digitized videos do you want to put on the Internet Archive? See Making Your Videos Accessible.
- Are there any copyright restrictions?