Mission: Moving Image Preservation of Puget Sound is a non-profit 501-(c)(3) corporation formed to help preserve our cultural heritage by assisting archives, libraries, and other organizations with the conversion of analog video recordings to digital formats according to archival best practices.
Moving Image Preservation of Puget Sound (MIPoPS) supports video tape digitization and preservation by archives, museums, libraries, historical societies, science and art organizations, and related institutions that have analog video in their collections but have neither the resources nor expertise to address it. Because most institutions no longer possess video tape decks, they might not be able to identify the content of their tapes. MIPoPS provides guidance in identifying tape format, content and condition and will advise on known, format-specific preservation issues. Based on this initial evaluation, MIPoPS can help determine whether use of the MIPoPS transfer station is appropriate for a collection.
MIPoPS can work with a variety of videotape formats including 3⁄4″ Umatic, VHS, Betacam, DigiBeta, DV, 1-inch, D-2, Hi8, DVD and LaserDisc. Using the MIPoPS video transfer station, users can create a preservation-quality digital file (ffv1 format, recognized by moving image archivists) and an access copy (mp4). MIPoPS will advise on maintaining the original material as well as the newly created digital files. Participants will be asked to have at least one migrated video posted to the MIPoPS Internet Archive site.
MIPoPS thanks 4 Culture for its support with a grant under the Heritage Collection Care program.
This project has been made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor.
Rachel Price is the director of Moving Image Preservation of Puget Sound. She completed an M.A. in Moving Image Archive Studies from UCLA in 2009. Prior to entering the program, she was the project lead for an access and digitization project of the film collection at the Seattle Municipal Archives, where she had previously volunteered. She was a DJ at community radio and Pacifica affiliate KBCS-FM for 14 years, where her first on-air position there was a midnight-3am film soundtrack show. She is currently producing a series of animated shorts about seabirds with Seattle animator Karen Lewis. The first short, Birdathlon, has been at several film festivals in the US, Canada and the UK. In addition, she and journalist Peter Monaghan run the website Moving Image Archive News.
Libby Savage Hopfauf is an audiovisual archivist at Moving Image Preservation of Puget Sound and Seattle Municipal Archives. She received a Masters degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Washington and a Bachelor of the Arts in Creative Writing with a minor in Sociology from Western Washington University. When not doing her best to conquer the magnetic media crisis, she can be found writing poetry, building terrariums and observing musical or theatrical performances.
Ari Lavigne is the Assistant Audiovisual Archivist and Metadata Specialist at MIPoPS. She also manages our social media and marketing! She received her Masters in Library and Information Science from the University of Washington in 2018 and started at MIPoPS in fall 2017. Ari revels in the variety of her work at MIPoPS – from the technical aspects, the research, training volunteers, working on the screenings – she enjoys it all! Outside of work she spends her time and energy putting more love into the world.
Hannah Palin helped to create the moving image preservation program at the UW Libraries, Special Collections and has been working on moving image projects there for over a decade. In her work as the Moving Image Archives Specialist, she has managed a number of grant projects including the Washington Film Preservation Project, in which Special Collections performed preservation work and conducted workshops for nine regional institutions that did not have the ability to preserve their film collections, including Seattle Municipal Archives, the Museum of History and Industry, the Museum of Flight, the Yakama Nation, and the Burke Museum. She co-authored The Washington State Film Preservation Manual: Low-cost and No-cost Suggestions to Care for your Film with Nicolette Bromberg, Visual Materials Curator for the UW Libraries Special Collections. They also co-authored a recent article in the Association of Moving Image Archivists journal The Moving Image, “Starting from Nothing, The Art of Creating a Film Archive.” She has recently completed work on a major multi-year project funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities to preserve the Mountaineers Film Collection. She taught workshops on moving image preservation for the Society of American Archivists, the University of Oregon, and the University of Washington. She is also one of the founders of Moving Image Preservation of Puget Sound, a collaborative project to assist small, regional heritage institutions preserve their videotape collections. Ms. Palin worked in both film and radio production and, before coming to Special Collections, she used to spend forty hours a week, sitting in the dark, watching home movies in a local film transfer lab.
Carol Shenk has served as King County Archivist in Seattle, Washington, since 2013. Before joining King County, Carol served as Information Manager for the Seattle City Clerk and Municipal Archives where she managed online databases, led digitization projects, and helped develop the Municipal Archives’ Digital Assets Preservation program. Prior to that, Carol served as records manager and public disclosure officer for the City of Shoreline; was a team lead in Amazon.com’s catalog group; and served several stints as clerk and then librarian at Municipal Research & Services Center of Washington. Carol earned her Master of Library and Information Science degree from the University of Washington in 1998 and has a BA in Fine Arts from the University of Oregon. Carol is a member of the Academy of Certified Archivists.
Anne Frantilla has served as Deputy City Archivist for the Seattle Municipal Archives since 1999. She oversees reference services, coordinates outreach activities, and processes audio, moving images, maps and drawings. From 1992 to 1999 she worked at the Bentley Historical Library at the University of Michigan in reference and university records. She began her career as an archivist at Burroughs Corporation, later Unisys, as Corporate Archivist where she worked from 1984 to 1991. Anne received her Master of Arts in Library Science from the University of Michigan and a BA in Spanish Language and Literature from the University of Washington.
Anna Briggs is a moving image archivist specialised in amateur and documentary film curation, film literacy, archival outreach and programming. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the Université François-Rabelais de Tours (France): the subject of her research is non-fiction moving images as archival and curatorial objects. She has recently presented her research at the Library of Congress’ Cultural Heritage Archive Symposium and at the 21st Visible Evidence international conference in Delhi. Anna is also a lecturer, teaching cataloguing and documentary film analysis. She is an expert for the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency of the European Commission, and is a board member of non-profit organisations Moving Image Preservation of Puget Sound and Xcape, a community recording studio in Saint-Pierre-des-Corps (France).
MIPoPS Frequently Asked Questions
What does MIPoPS stand for?
Moving Image Preservation of Puget Sound
Can anyone digitize their videotape at MIPoPS?
MIPoPS is open to cultural institutions in the Puget Sound area with technical resources and staff able to preserve and provide access to digital files of moving images created at MIPoPS.
How much does MIPoPS cost?
There is a cost per item to digitize videotape. (Or whatever we come up with as the cost) Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Does MIPoPS do 8mm or 16mm film?
No, at this time MIPoPS is not able to transfer film to digital.
What tape formats can MIPoPS digitize?
As of 2015, MIPoPS can digitize VHS, UMatic, BetaSP, DVCam, MiniDV, and 1-inch video.
Where is MIPoPS?
MIPoPS is currently located on Floor 3 of Seattle City Hall.