Video Identification and Assessment Guide

Museum staff are increasingly faced with the identification, care, and conservation of videotape formats found in their collections and archives, some of which are many decades old. Staff must inspect the works to assess condition – often without the use of playback equipment – and catch problems before they compromise the works. Videotape has particular storage, housing, and handling needs …

Chasing Technology The Challenge of Preserving Audiovisual Records

Archivists who work with audiovisual records often find themselves confronting a challenge their counterparts who deal with traditional paper records do not have. They must often act as “bucket brigades”—chasing one “fire” after another as rapidly changing technology threatens to render the media formats storing audiovisual records obsolete and inaccessible. What these archivists face is the daunting task of preserving—and …

EAI Online Resource Guide for Exhibiting, Collecting & Preserving Media Art

EAI’s Online Resource Guide for Exhibiting, Collecting & Preserving Media Art addresses key issues and brings together information on current practices and critical dialogue relating to single-channel video, computer-based art and media installation. The Preservation section was created by IMAP (Independent Media Arts Preservation), a nonprofit resource for preserving electronic media. The Guide features a range of essential information: Best …

Accessing and managing file-based born digital video

This presentation given at the 2009 AMIA conference, offers a strategy and workflow for accessioning and managing file-based digital video (video that is recorded digitally at its point of creation, not Digital Betacam tapes or files that have been digitized from analog media such as U‐matic or Betacam SP). It describes how to take advantage of existing embedded technical and …

Lossless Video Codecs Comparison

The MSU Lossless Video Codec is a video codec developed by the Graphics & Media Lab Video Group of Moscow State University. The aim of development was producing lossless video at very high rate of compression. MSU currently has the second best compression ratio (behind YULS) when compared to many other lossless video codecs. The latest version, 1.2, was released …