Making Media Collections Accessible.
Over time, many media assets in cultural institutions have become obsolete. Even recordings in good condition are difficult to view or listen to because finding and using the appropriate playback equipment presents unique challenges. Films might be too old or damaged to be serviceable, or they require obsolete projection equipment. As a result, many materials have not been available to researchers, scholars, or students for decades.
For more than 15 years, we’ve worked with libraries and archives to develop solutions to meet their unique preservation needs. Today, The MediaPreserve is able to safely and expertly reformat any difficult-to-access media into the highest quality archival master. The resulting output is easily accessible, searchable, forward compatible, and cost-effective.
The MediaPreserve’s end-to-end logistics process ensures the safe handling of your collection. Each item is tracked with a unique bar code and removed from its package only for digitization, and then placed back in its original container, in the same order.
Comprehensive Collection of Vintage Equipment.
The MediaPreserve’s collection of historic equipment spans the development of magnetic media technology and includes the 2-inch Quad, Sony’s U-matic, open-reel audio formats as well as other difficult-to-find vintage equipment. For film assets, we use the latest transfer technology: MWA-Nova Flashtransfer with a built-in color correction system for 16mm as well as a Rank-Cintel MK-III telecine and da Vinci 8:8:8 color corrector for 35mm.
Digitized Recordings for Preservation and Use.
The MediaPreserve provides both uncompressed archival masters for collection preservation purposes, as well as compressed digital files that can be used for web-based and other remote access, including handheld devices. Forward compatible, the uncompressed archival masters ensure the value and accessibility of the collection, even as technology advances.
Using the compressed files, scholars are able to listen to and view recordings, link to them, and send them to colleagues. They are able to do this remotely, without having to leave their offices.
Infinitely Searchable. Comprehensive Metadata.
Digitized media is searchable in the same way researchers access digitized print media contained in collections and repositories. The extensive metadata — including both descriptive and technical information — is provided in a format that suits your needs and existing metadata schema.
Advanced Technology Yields Substantial Savings.
The MediaPreserve utilizes a proprietary technology that allows us to reformat multiple recordings at one time. This changes the paradigm of digitizing recordings – an engineer’s time and process can be reduced exponentially. The result is a substantial cost savings without compromising quality. Your budget dollars go further.