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.

Did I ever PowerPoint on the importance of Metadata or what?

Me, Caroline Rubens, Colin Rhinesmith, Erik Mollberg

Yup, I went out on a limb and told a whole room full of gently dozing Alliance for Community Media attendees how I felt about Metadata and not one of them stood up, pointed a finger and shrieked “Imposter! I disagree! Dublin Core is CRAP! Don’t listen to her!” This is a small victory because I said some pretty racy stuff, like: “Don’t bother looking for digital video preservation standards because they haven’t got any.” The Library of Congress’ Fancy Pants Facility in Culpeper is migrating its SD video to JPEG2000. Which is nice, I guess. It might be a reality in 5 years when small time joints like PEG access centers can afford the cost of saving a file that has a very large bit rate.

“As to the question that opened this post – the “right” or “best” digital video file format for preservation – I teach a class for the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois about AV preservation and I get this question every semester. I answer the question by saying that there is no “one size fits all” format for digital video preservation.

Rather, the preservation professional must ask a series of questions about the workflow, size and means of their particular institution. There is also the issue of sustainability when choosing digital formats.” by this guy.

One of those questions about sustainability is “How do I know if any of this is worth migrating?” Here is an interesting Blue Ribbon Commission Report sponsored by e U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF Award No. OCI 0737721), the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the U.S. Library of Congress, the U.K. Joint Information Systems Committee, the Electronic Records Archives Program of the National Archives and Records Administration, and the Council on Library and Information Resources. This report talks about just such an issue on the large scale. So much of this digital content is so new that we don’t know how people are going to use it if they are going to use it at all.

Digitization Activities

While prepping for the presentation, I came across an excellent resource for anyone attempting a digitization project. It’s put out by the Federal Government. It looks at projects in an organizational, format agnostic light. This makes it scalable to any kind of material and any size collection. I suggest you read it. It breaks projects down into four main phases planning, pre digitization, conversion and post digitization. Good times. I’m working on the agenda. There will be two reports, on about our disc usage and one about the facility humidity and temperature status.