UtilizIng the latest
digitization and encoding standards
A message about the importance of preserving all formats of media
FROM JIM APPLETON
CEO & FOUNDER
Video records are a vital part of our culture, but videotape is prone to deterioration and losing its recorded contents over
Videotape and all magnetic media is considered high risk from a preservation perspective.
Fewer than 50% of all feature films made before 1950 have survived.
In 1990 Universal Studios lost thousands of videos of TV shows and movies in a back lot fire.
Universal Studios on June 1, 1998 lost 40,000 to 50,000 videos and film reels in a video vault that burned in a devastating
Many films have sadly been burned in warehouse fires or turned to vinegar in uncontrolled storage environments.
Every original piece of film footage by director Billy Wilder has gone missing, including the original negative of Sunset
We can create an efficient document management process to capture, archive, search, and retrieve information from multiple
Videotape priority for digital transfer is determined by age, condition, and video format. 3/4” U-matic tape is threatened
severely if more than 10 years old, Hi8 is jeopardized at all ages, Betacam SP and 1“ tape are endangered,
betamax is critically endangered . 1/2” open reel tape and 2” tape are extinct with very few machines
in existence to playback the tape.