Sony AV 3600

IMG_4993I 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.

I found this handy little 100 pager over at my buddies, Internet Archive, thanks guys, you might be seeing these reels if I can’t figure this out.

You Always Have the Best Ideas!

Here is a little PSA I put together to promote the channels to the community. I used Illustrator to make the icons, After Effects  to animate, Garageband for the soundtrack and a borrowed ukelele for the sound track. I wanted to start from a positive place and get people’s attention with an upbeat message.

Small Video Archive in practice

Today’s post is about a small collection of videos created in 2000, 2001. It is a series about local businessmen and their entrepreneurial activities. There are 15, one hour programs that are in the interview format. Processing these shows involves

1. Encoding them from the original DV tape into Final Cut Pro using the NTSC DV compression setting.

2. Exporting the Timeline (with a minimum of editing, ie, removal of outdated PSAs that had nothing to do with the program) to Compressor to the Higher quality settings to be burned onto a DVD.

3. Further compression of the file to the Leightroinx format standard for playback on the channel.

4. Publishing of the Leghtronix formated file to the network attached storage for playback archive.

5. creation of a 2-3 minute teaser clip for use on the library’s YouTube page.

6. Publishing of the Leightronix file to PegCentral, the department’s webstreaming service

Graph showing progress
My high-tech tracking system.

It’s on like Donkey Kong

At the staff meeting last night I brought up the fact that we are going to be presenting a workshop at the end of July on Community Media Archiving, specifically PEG Access collections. So we need to get our walk up to our talk. I was tasked with overseeing a workgroup that will hammer out the details of the care and feeding of the Access Fort Wayne Program Archive. The group includes me, the Program Director, the current archivist and some as yet unnamed I.T. person.

What we want to accomplish

1. Review the Collection Development Policy

2. Write a Digital acquisition Policy

3. Appraise the Collection

4. Weed the collection

It came to light that many of the files that have been “Born Digital” are in no way being archived. Standards for past formats will need to be written forward to include such formats.

Digital asset management needs to be addressed. The storage, deletion and description of digital assets should be a priority as many of the external storage devices being used are near capacity.

I will schedule the first meeting of this group for the end of next week.