Re: Digital Video format for archives.

From: Steve Polta (email suppressed)
Date: Thu Sep 25 2008 - 05:18:12 PDT

Hi Matthew. I don't want to slag on frameworkers but if your collection is really valuable you might want to make contact with someone on the archival community about this. For a job like this to be done right, there probably should be some additional steps in your workflow, for example one would probably want to create hi-quality lossless digital preservation masters and then create DVD access copies. You'd probably want to keep the masters (and originals) in the care of an archives that specializes in media preservation. There are tons of papers and procedures out there and it can be overwhelming trying to take it all in; it might not even be worth your time trying to grok it all. I only have a passing conversational familiarity with procedures but I know that there are plenty of things that can go wrong in this process that it might not be best to try to do it all yourself. Depending on the historical/cultural value of the collection you would
 possibly do best by contracting the services of an film/video archivist to advice you and possibly manage this process. I would recommend looking at (the website of the Association of Moving Image Archivists) for resources. They have their own listserv as well. It sounds like an interesting valuable collection. You really do not want to be putting it in danger or compromising its (cultural) value by doing a poor preservation job.

Feel free to contact me if you want to talk about this more.

Steve Polta

--- On Wed, 9/24/08, Matthew Geiger <email suppressed> wrote:

> From: Matthew Geiger <email suppressed>
> Subject: Digital Video format for archives.
> To: email suppressed
> Date: Wednesday, September 24, 2008, 11:23 AM
> Hello Everyone-
> I have to transfer about 50 3//4 inch tapes which will end
> up on DVD, we are planning on donating the tapes to a
> university or museum after we archive (they are the raw
> interview footage of hiroshima survivors from the
> 1980's).
> For our own archives we are planning on dumping to dvd
> and collectively know very little about digital
> archiving. If any one has any suggestions about file
> formats, brands of archival media etc.we would gretaly
> appreciate your advice.
> thanks
> Matt
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