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Archive for March, 2013

BWF MetaEdit

Monday, March 11th, 2013

BWF MetaEdit is a free, open source tool that supports embedding, validating, and exporting of metadata in Broadcast WAVE Format (BWF) files. BWF MetaEdit is available for download at SourceForge and was developed by the Federal Agencies Digitization Guidelines Initiative to support its guideline fo

AVI MetaEdit & reVTMD

Monday, March 11th, 2013

AVI MetaEdit supports embedding and validating metadata in RIFF-based AudioVisual Interleave format (AVI) video files. AVI is currently the target format for creation of Preservation Masters within the Digitization Services Branch at the National Archives.

reVTMD is an XML schema tailored to include fields that address the creation and long term management of reformatted videos, especially with the cultural heritage community. It is a concise subset of the large array of technical metadata available, structured in a way to make it highly usable for accessing and managing all types of video files beyond AVI.

Both tools were developed by NARA in collaboration with AudioVisual Preservation Solutions. AVI MetaEdit is available for download at NARA’s GitHub site, and reVTMD is available on NARA’s website.

Preservation of Audiotape & the Dolby Noise Reduction System

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

An online introduction to the concepts and application of Dolby Noise Reduction. Misapplication of noise reduction can have a highly deleterious effect on the quality and integrity of audio recordings, thus an understanding of the system and use of the correct Dolby settings during playback and refo

AVPreserve at 2013 New England Archivists Conference

Monday, March 18th, 2013

AVPreserve founder and president Chris Lacinak will be attending the Spring 2013 New England Archivists Conference to be held March 21st-23rd at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. This year’s conference marks the 40th anniversary of the NEA, and the focus of the program will

In Defense of Unemotional Archiving

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

When I found the joys of second hand shopping in high school it was a godsend to an oddbird in a smalltown. The act of discovery and its cheapness at that point (Huck Finn and a novelization of Saturday Night Fever for a nickel? Yes, thank you!) fueled a desire to search for something, a desire that