I was told that the uptake reel was messed up on it but it is physically functioning. I learned how to put a reel on and how to thread it. The heads pass signal and it’s kinda ok, but even with tracking and skew adjustment, it is still crappy, with lines running through the picture and a weird throbbing of signal. Ken says I should get the waveform vector scope out of the vomit pile storage unit and hook it up to see what the signal is doing.
Scope: digitization of all open reel-to-reel video tapes included in the “Street Scenes” Series created by Fort Wayne Public Library between 1974-1976. The entire FWPL collection consists of 169 reels with the Street Scenes series consisting of 16 tapes.
Overview: the project will begin with digitizing the 6 tapes that remain unprocessed. This will complete the collection for playback on the channel and inclusion on the Allen County Public Library’s Youtube page for use in this year’s Indiana Bi-Centennial Celebrations. Older( 2000s era) files will be reviewed to see if redigitization will create a better product in cases where there is significant drop out detected.
Process: Access Fort Wayne, a department of the Allen County Public Library will provide an open reel playback machine that will feed signal to an oscilloscope, time base corrector, DV digital tape machine and DVD recorder. The original metadata will be transcribed into an Excel spreadsheet, a screen capture will be made of each file. The original paper catalog (FWPL-TV Video Catalog) will be digitized and saved as a PDF. The original reels will be inspected and stored with copies of the digitized content and labeled with the old FWPL catalog number as well as the current AFW catalog number.
Outcome: the unique and local content will be preserved as well as access provided to history enthusiasts, specifically those interested in Fort Wayne architecture, vintage automobiles and fashions from the 1970s.
Time Commitment: Organizing existing files, tape reels and paper documentation will take 40 hours. Set up and configuration of equipment will take 40 hours. Transfer and in ingestion of signal will take 80 hours. Cataloging and upload will take 40 hours.
Order in the Stacks!. Sometimes there are multi formats that have been held together with rubber bands since the 90’s. Sometimes those formats aren’t even labeled. Sometimes I get angry, sometimes I just get sad.