[Videolib] IMAP Intro to Media Preservation workshop - June 12

From: Linda Tadic <lindatadic@optonline.net>
Date: Tue May 26 2009 - 13:50:44 PDT

Posted on behalf of IMAP. Please excuse cross-postings.

-- Linda Tadic
   Adjunct Professor, MIAP
   New York University


Independent Media Arts Preservation (IMAP) presents an

Introduction to Media Preservation Workshop


At ICP - the International Center for Photography

1114 Avenue of Americas, Manhattan


Friday, June 12, 2009

10:00 - 1:00 PM

REGISTER AT www.imappreserve.org



When videotape was introduced in 1956, the magnetic recording of a TV signal was a technological marvel. More than five decades (and 60 analog and digital formats) later, videotapes have recorded historic events, served as a means of artistic expression, and become priceless personal documents.


Unfortunately, videotape has proven to be an unstable medium, and its recorded images will eventually require careful attention and well-planned action in order to survive.


This half-day workshop will serve as an introduction to the issues and strategies necessary to tackle the challenges of videotape preservation. Designed to meet the needs of those with or without technical experience in video production, this workshop is geared to media makers and arts professionals, archivists, conservators, artists and other caretakers of media collections.


The workshop will cover the following topics:

* A brief overview of videotape's development and evolution

* The basics of magnetic recording technology

* Discussion of the many videotape formats that have been used over the years - both obsolete and current - and their strengths and weaknesses

* The various factors causing videotape deterioration, and how they can be mitigated

* How to assess the overall risks to a collection

* Handling and inspection of individual videotapes

* Prioritizing preservation work and developing a preservation plan

* Best practices for storage

* In-house reformatting vs. outsourcing

* Pros and cons of DVDs

* How to work with vendors doing your video transfer work

* Digitization: how to determine file formats, codecs, compression, etc.



Introduction to Media Preservation Workshops

Instructor: Jeff Martin

A graduate of New York University's MA program in Moving Image Preservation, Jeff Martin has been working with archival moving images for more than a decade, as a television producer, researcher, and archivist. He has taught workshops in media preservation in Chicago under the auspices of Midwest Media Archives Alliance and developed the content for IMAP's new online preservation resource guide (http://www.eai.org/resourceguide/preservation). He is presently a Fellow at the Smithsonian Institution's Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, assessing their media collections.


Workshop location:

ICP - the International Center for Photography in Manhattan

1114 Avenue of Americas

southeast corner at 43rd Street

Directions: www.icp.org


Workshop fee:

$75 non member

$50 IMAP and ICP members

$30 Students with valid ID

(cash or check only)


RSVP: Paid registration is required; space is very limited.


REGISTER AT www.imappreserve.org


 IMAP c/o EAI, 535 West 22nd Street, New York, NY 10011


These programs are supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, with additional support from the New York State Council on the Arts.

VIDEOLIB is intended to encourage the broad and lively discussion of issues relating to the selection, evaluation, acquisition,bibliographic control, preservation, and use of current and evolving video formats in libraries and related institutions. It is hoped that the list will serve as an effective working tool for video librarians, as well as a channel of communication between libraries,educational institutions, and video producers and distributors.
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