A/V Preservation:
"Digitally Archive Your Recordings Before They Are Lost Forever"

Pavek Museum Aug. 3, 2024 at 10:am-11:am

Free Talk with paid Museum admission ($11). Museum opens at 9:50 am

Discover why archiving media is essential, gain valuable planning tips, and explore top resources. Learn effective strategies to ensure your media is well-preserved and easily accessible.

Minnesota Media Arts is proud to be the first presenter in The Pavek Museum’s new lecture series Connecting Conversations. The series will feature presentations from various experts in the past, present, and future of electronic communication. The first talk in the series is AV Preservation Basics: Digitally Archive Your Recordings Before They Are Lost Forever   by local media archivists Ron McCoy and Mark Stanley.

This event is free with admission to the Pavek Museum. Registration is recommended but not required. Make the most out of your visit to the Pavek Museum after the lecture by joining the First Saturday Guided Tour, which is also included in the cost of admission. Museum opens at 9:50 a.m. and is the perfect complement to the lecture series.

Visit the Pavek Museum August 3rd event page at Eventbrite.com

This Seminar is a collaboration with The Pavek Museum

Minnesota Media Arts has entered into a supporting membership with the Pavek Museum. We strongly appreciate and encourage their continuing stewardship in preserving Minnesota’s broadcast radio and television heritage through their programming and museum operations.

Magnetic Media Crisis

MN Media Arts is taking a proactive Media Archive Advocacy role to deal with the following concerns:  

Magnetic Media Crisis: The majority of these early recordings are still on magnetic tape and have often been stored in conditions not designed for ensuring their stability and preservation. Existing collections are mostly in the hands of private individuals or organizations with limited resources to properly store, maintain or even catalogue the recordings. Entire generations of artistic work and cultural heritage are in imminent danger of being lost.  These magnetic recordings are deteriorating and after decades of neglect can be rendered unplayable.  

Media Equipment Crisis: The majority of early video formats; ½” EIAJ open reel, ¾” U-Matic videocassettes and 1” VTRs along with consumer VHS and Betamax VCRs are rapidly becoming obsolete. We are also experiencing a difficult time securing qualified operators and repair technicians. MNMA accepts qualified donations of functioning VHS and Betamax videocassette recorders.

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Minnesota Media Arts
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