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How much time is left?

How much time is left?

It’s a question I get asked sometimes, but perhaps not often enough.  How much life is left in my audiovisual collection?  How much time do I really …

PCM Audio Recording on Videotape?

PCM Audio Recording on Videotape?

Have you found a concert recording on videotape that you’re sure was supposed to be just an audio recording?  You might be right, and you may have a …

What is a broadcast wave file?

What is a broadcast wave file?

In our audio restoration work, we are often asked by archivists to supply a broadcast wave file (bwf) as the preservation master.  It’s a good thing to …

Open Source Video Codecs – FFmpeg/FFV1

Open Source Video Codecs – FFmpeg/FFV1

In the search for the perfect video preservation codec, an interesting contender has surfaced. Traditionally, (and with many good reasons) the JPEG2000 codec …

The “Beta” Family of Videotapes

The “Beta” Family of Videotapes

It’s pretty common for me to pick up the phone and a customer tells me they have a “Beta” tape and would like to get it transferred.  Great!  I can …

Restoring Open Reel Video

Restoring Open Reel Video

One of the video formats that often presents unique restoration challenges are open reel formats.  Perhaps because of their age, the variety of sub-formats, …

Backing up (BIG) Media Files

Backing up (BIG) Media Files

We’ve all heard the warnings – “backup your files or risk losing them”.  And ofcourse, this is excellent advice.  But understanding how and where to …