Digitize It! Part 2: A Workshop for Digitizing Your AV Materials

Day and Time: August 10th, 6:30-8:30pm

Description: This hands-on session will guide participants through the steps of digitizing and migrating audiovisual materials from their collections. With the assistance of an expert in audiovisual digitization, you will have the opportunity to test out the lessons about digitization and migration from the previous workshop as you transform some of your materials into digital items. Throughout this day-long workshop you will use affordable and open source solutions to create digital files from various tape-based and optical media formats, including materials from your own personal collection. These files will then be analyzed and prepared for long-term preservation. This workshop will be held at Scribe Video Center. We recommend that this workshop be taken jointly with Digitize It! Part 1.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify various at risk audiovisual media formats
  • Differentiate between analog and digital audiovisual media
  • Understand the difference between the terms “Digitize”, “Migrate”, and “Preserve” and recognize how these concepts are used in audiovisual preservation
  • Recognize the strengths and limitations of various digital media file formats
  • Confidently make determinations about which preservation file formats are best for their collections
  • Utilize open source software to analyze file-based media
  • Confidently store and maintain a collection of digitized media files

Instructor: Morgan Morel, Library of Congress (facilitating in a personal capacity)

Morgan Morel is an media preservationist who specializes in preserving tape-based audiovisual media. He has worked in various preservation labs, from small boutique labs to large mass-digitization facilities. While working as the Preservation Director for BAVC Media, Morgan developed a training program focused on teaching archivists and librarians the fundamentals of analog video preservation. Morgan has been involved in the development and documentation of various open source preservation tools, including QCTools, the AV Artifact Atlas, and DVRescue. He is passionate about preserving the cultural heritage and memory of marginalized and under-represented communities, and believes that educating and training archivists, folklorists, and activists will be critical in saving these records from being lost to deterioration and obsolescence.

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