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Links to Resources Online

Annotated: 2023 

Suggested Local Minnesota Resources for Digital Conversion and Duplication. Our recommendations for Twin Cities Prosumer or Consumer Services, Home movies and videotapes. Let them know you found their website link here at Minnesota Media Arts! Thanks, Mark Stanley & Ron McCoy:

Saving Tape - Tape and film transfers, DVD's, photos, many media formats to digital files. Contact Thor at 612-822-7283

Two Squares - Video, film, slide, tape duplication and transfer to DVD, CD, and Digital Files. Contact Aaron at 763-400-4510

Home Video Studio - Tape Transfer & Conversion Services. Contact Chris at 952-829-8018

Video Archiving reference links:

Recommended Video Archive Standards from the Minnesota Historical Society

For a better understanding of the importance of planning and
What an Archive Producer Does (blog post)
Archive Producer Roles:

Audio Video Preserve Interactive Chart on Cost of Inaction
The Cost of Inaction Calculator

Digitization Process and Guides

Bay Area Video Coalition (excellent place to start)

Jim Wheeler’s Videotape Preservation Handbook - Glossary & Formats

Organizations that specialize in Video Archive work:

Minnesota Media Arts - Collections Care, Metadata, Analog Preservation to Digital. Contact Mark or Ron at 612-361-7476

Archival Works LLC - Analog to Digital Media Transfer, Film + Video, Metadata.
St. Paul, MN Contact Brian at 651-366-0906

Media Transfer Service - Specialists in AV Preservation.
East Rochester, NY

Media Burn Chicago (featured in Craig Sinard’s Blog March 2016)

Bay Area Video Coalition (Pioneering 70’s group that has a wealth of information)   |

George Blood, Philadelphia, PA transfer firm, good overview,

Specs Bros in New Jersey, Good resource, Process steps and white papers

Preservation Links:

Minnesota Historical Society - preservation of collections, digital conversion

Library of Congress article from 2013

Smithsonian Institution Archives - preserving Film, Audio, and Video

Smithsonian Digitization - Analog to Digital 

Smithsonian- Digitization on Demand

Council on Library and Information Resources - CLIR.ORG

Dance in the American Cultural Context (CLIR)

NYU Libraries Preservation Guide

COOL Cultural Heritage Guide

Library of Congress - 2013 preservation guide

Library of Congress - digital preservation

Museums featuring media preservation:

Museum of Modern Art (NYC) In depth story about their preservation efforts

School of the Art institute of Chicago Video Data Bank Library

The Long Beach Museum of Art Video Archive (California )

Good 2007 New York Times article about the same Archive.

Minnesota Media Arts
Minneapolis, MN

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Phone: +1 (612) 361-7476