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  • 1.  Film archiving

    Posted 01-30-2017 09:51 AM
    Hello all,

    My museum has numerous 16mm films in our archive produced by a former curator. The films are from the 1940s, 50s, and 60s. We also have 16 reels of magnetic audio tape from him as well. We are interested in having them digitized and I am requesting any recommendations for companies that others have used for similar projects.

    Thank you,


    Timothy J. Walsh

    Manager of Natural History Collections

    Bruce Museum

    1 Museum Drive

    Greenwich, CT 06830-7157

    P 203.413.6767

    F 203.869.0963


  • 2.  RE: Film archiving

    Posted 01-31-2017 09:30 AM
    We have digitized film, video and audio files at The Media Preserve in Cranberry Township, PA, which happens to be in our backyard.  However, they work with institutions nationwide.  They have a good website with lots of information.  Whoever you use, just be sure to quality check the new format.  Hope this helps.

    Elizabeth Brown
    Associate Registrar
    Carnegie Museum of Art
    Pittsburgh PA

  • 3.  RE: Film archiving

    Posted 02-01-2017 08:52 AM

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    Raphael Shammaa
    New York NY

  • 4.  RE: Film archiving

    Posted 02-02-2017 10:18 AM
    Regarding film, video, audio preservation,  transfer quality varies tremendously.  Assessing the significance of the films and tapes will help you decide which provider to choose for transfers, and preservation of originals.   Depending on the material, you may be able to obtain funding for transfers and preservation. 

    Northeast Historic Film,
    a film archive in Maine and speak with the interim Executive Director, David Weiss.    
    207.469.0924 (old
    " Attempting to run old film or videotapes through a projector or VCR may result in irreparable damage to the images. To protect the originals, make showing them convenient, allow for easily making multiple copies, and to facilitate editing on your computer, we recommend that you transfer your films and videotapes to DVD, Blu-ray or digital files. Northeast Historic Film is a moving image archives; we have years of training and experience in the proper ways to handle and care for moving image materials. We also offer film assessment and repair."

    Northeast Document Conservation Center NDCC   -  is now doing recording conservation
    Andover, MA   978 470-1010  (
    With the assistance of AVPreserve, NEDCC has completed a year-long business planning study to  expand its digital audio preservation service for libraries, archives, and museums to include traditional methods for digitally reformatting non-grooved legacy audio carriers.  This new service will build upon NEDCC’s successful implementation of “IRENE,” the IMLS-funded optical scanning technology developed by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the Library of Congress for digitizing discs, cylinders, and other grooved audio carriers.

    AMIA  The Association of Moving Image Archivists  (international service organization for moving image archivists) 
     323.463.1500   (

    "The Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA) is a nonprofit
    international association dedicated to the preservation and use of moving
    image media. AMIA supports public and professional education and
    fosters cooperation and communication among the individuals and
    organizations concerned with the acquisition, preservation, description,
    exhibition, and use of moving image materials. ....

    AMIA is a non-profit professional association established to advance the field of moving image archiving by fostering cooperation among individuals and organizations concerned with the acquisition, description, preservation, exhibition and use of moving image materials.

    AMIA's members range from those who work solely with moving images to organizations where moving images are only a small part of their collection to individuals who want to protect their personal collection - home movies or small gauge or video - to film buffs concerned with losing our visual heritage."  


    [Christine] [Downing] [Independent Curator]
    Curator, Registrar, research

  • 5.  RE: Film archiving

    Posted 02-07-2017 11:40 AM
    Grants program announcement from Northeast Document Conservation Center

    [Christine] [Downing] [Independent Curator]
    Curator, Registrar, research


  • 6.  RE: Film archiving

    Posted 01-31-2017 11:34 AM
    Play It Again Video in Newton, Massachusetts is an excellent service for digitizing media of all formats.

    Ann S. Woolsey
    integrated planning for museums

  • 7.  RE: Film archiving

    Posted 01-31-2017 11:39 PM

    I've had good luck with Rising Fall based in Dallas. They do top notch work and might be too expensive but you should check with them and see if color grading and a real Telecine transfer is justified over a lower cost one-light projection.

    Rising Fall
    1409 So. Lamar Street
    Suite 1023
    Dallas, TX 75215
    Steve Franko

    Bart Stevens
    Irving TX

  • 8.  RE: Film archiving

    Posted 02-08-2017 04:18 PM
    I've got the same question and will look into the above recommendations, but if anyone has recommendations for film/audio tape digitization local to Los Angeles, please let me know.


    Marielle Smith MLS
    Image Specialist
    Hammer Museum
    Los Angeles CA

  • 9.  RE: Film archiving

    Posted 02-09-2017 07:35 AM
    The state of the art equipment for film digitization is the Kinetta <>. The machines are not inexpensive, but the firm also provides contract digitization services.

    Kevin Coffee
    Oneida Community Mansion House
    Oneida, NY