Please consider a tax deductible donation to help us preserve and share this important media.

  • Sony AV3650 VTR
  • The Community Conversion Lab is VSW’s on-site digitization lab for converting magnetic tapes and film media for access and preservation.

    The Conversion Lab is currently able to transfer 16mm film, 1/2″ open reel magnetic tape, 3/4″ U-Matic, U-MaticSP, Beta, 8mm, Hi8, VHS, mini DV tapes, and 1/4″ Open Reel Audio. Tapes are inspected and cleaned before transfer, and treated for Sticky Shed Syndrome and Binder Hydrolysis in our on-site media oven if necessary.

  • Medical-grade media oven
  • Transfers are completely supervised by a lab technician, who produces a transfer log and MD5 checksum upon completion. Vrecord, software based on AMIA Open Source‚Äôs ffmpegdecklink, is used to capture the video signal and allows the technician to monitor luminance and chrominance values. The Conversion Lab produces archival quality digital files, and access and mezzanine files on request.

  • Digitization racks
  • still from "Mothers-Daughters Workshop" (VSW Collection), EIAJ-1 1/2" open reel, during transfer
  • The Conversion Lab has been working to digitize and make accessible the VSW Film and Video Collection, including tapes from the Portable Channel Collection and tapes donated by Nancy Rosin chronicling Rochester’s history of redlining and police brutality.
    Please consider a tax deductible donation to help us preserve and share this important media.


     

  • 1/2" open reel, EIAJ-1, one of the most common tape formats in the VSW Collection. Introduced in 1969, this format revolutionized studio and field recording, and was used into the 1980s.
  • 3/4" U-matic, one of the other most common formats in the VSW Collection. Introduced in 1971, this format was initially developed for industrial and education uses, U-matic was widely used by artists and community organizations in the 1980s and 1990s.