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Our Video-Preservation Challenge 

In this video we present the great challenge we face with preserving our video collection:

Our video collection is comprised of many small collections mostly recorded by non-professionals. 

There are several aspects to the challenge 

1. All the formats are obsolete, which means finding the right people and equipment for this task is not easy.

2. Since we have many formats we need to spend time on every one researching and finding the right methods and people to preserve them.

3. Even the tapes that were professionally recorded were never done with long-term preservation in mind, so all our tapes are badly deteriorated.

4. Most of our recordings were made by non-professionals who cherished these moments and wanted to capture them but didn't have the resources (including knowledge) to make good quality recordings and therefore besides for having a shaky camera A. they used amateur formats like 8mm and VHS(horrible for long-term). B. they would use different techniques to save money like recording with SLP speeds.


Our Video collection includes:

8mm Film

Super-8 Film

16mm Film

1" Reels

1/2" open reel (EIAJ)

3/4" Umatic




Digital Beta

Mini DV

HDV (on Mini DV)



Digital Files


Years recorded: 1940's - Present

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Yeah, I can see that! That's a great challenge! -Sarah-

January 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPoster Printing

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