Different types of video tape

U-MATIC?

CONVERTING VIDEO FILE FORMATS YOU’VE NEVER HEARD OF!

THE CHALLENGE OF ARCHIVING

Archiving is the thing no one quite gets around to doing……or you leave for someone else to do!

And for a while that’s not a problem. Until, that is, you actually need some footage for that Presentation / Ad / Press Release.

And then you find it’s:

  1. a) In analogue, not digital and,
  2. b) It’s in a format you’ve never heard of.

THE CLIENT’S PROBLEM

That happened to a Charity we’ve been working with – Care For the Wild – who do fantastic conservation work in Africa with endangered elephants, lions etc.

They had reels of footage, all on broadcast-quality U-Matic tapes, having been broadcast on the BBC.

DIGITAL ARCHIVE’S SOLUTION

We converted these tapes to .avi files. .avi files can contain both audio and video data in a file container that allows synchronous audio-with-video playback, similar to the DVD video format. We then stored them to External Hard Drives, and they are now accessible on PCs and Macs.

Just as important, they are preserved for the future.

So whenever the next urgent request pops up they can be found and accessed…. instantly.

Take a look in your storerooms, basements, cupboards  and see what you turn up. And then challenge us to convert them into usable footage. Even the most obscure of formats!

We love a challenge!!

 

The Digital Archive Team

 

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