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Saturday, June 1 • 2:30pm - 3:00pm
(Electronic Media) I Know a Guy: Collecting Technical Documentation, Locally

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As cultural heritage institutions have recognized the urgency of migrating rare and unique analog video content off of unstable carriers, many have begun to establish facilities for in-house reformatting. In determining which materials could be responsibly digitized in-house, open reel video formats are frequently written off as too problematic to tackle and remain in the purview of specialized vendors. In many cases this assumption is absolutely correct—scarcity of functioning playback equipment and the technical skills to operate it are logical deterrents.

This brief presentation will address an alternate tack, focused on collecting local technical expertise (as well as equipment) and documenting period production practices, with an eye towards in-house reformatting. The proposed case study is a collection of 1” IVC video, salvaged by a former employee of Charlottesville’s early local origination cable station. Through contact with former station staff, we have sought to document the technical and production expertise needed to understand how equipment was operated and how tapes were produced. This outreach work has helped us to acquire rare playback equipment, as well as putting us in contact with a local video engineer conversant with this obsolete 1” format.

This talk will provide an overview of this project, with wider recommendations for how documentation can be collected with the explicit goal of overcoming format-specific technical hurdles.


Steven Villereal

Audiovisual Conservator, University of Virginia Library

Saturday June 1, 2013 2:30pm - 3:00pm EDT
JW Marriott Meeting Room 201-203 19 S West St Indianapolis, IN 46204

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