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Heavy Metal: Hardware Solutions for People Who Digitize Tapes
Videotape (and audiotape) preservation is all about equipment: sourcing equipment, getting the right equipment for the formats you’re digitizing, paying attention to how your equipment is functioning, repairing or finding experts to repair equipment for you, and putting all of these pieces together. In this hour-long webinar, Ben Turkus, audiovisual preservationists and members of the XFR Collective, will offer a tour of videotape/audiotape preservation gear, focusing on strategies for creating high quality but super streamlined digitization set-ups.

Topics will include:

> Gathering the right gear for your needs

> Overcoming institutional bureaucratic procurement issues

> Determining what gear is essential and what gear would be preferred but optional

> Interoperability issues, particularly between computers and capture cards

> Format-specific considerations

This workshop is designed for librarians, archivists, and community members with some experience with tape-based digitization and access workflows. The instructors will focus on the most prolific formats (VHS, audiocassette, MiniDV) and will cover other formats as well.

Benjamin Turkus (he/him) is the Assistant Manager of Audio and Moving Image Preservation at the New York Public Library. He's also an adjunct professor at New York University, where he holds an MA in Moving Image Archiving and Preservation. Previously, he was the Preservation Project Manager at the Bay Area Video Coalition. He is a member of XFR Collective.

Dec 1, 2021 04:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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