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.

National Archives Announce Release of AVI MetaEdit, Other Resources

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) recently announced the public release of several tools related to metadata for digitized video, including AVI MetaEdit, reVTMD, and development of integration with the existing tool MediaInfo. Of primary concern in the development of the resour

Metafun and Metagames

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

That means the records date back to 1775, but also that the expectation is for the records to continue on for some time into the future (or maybe just that 9999 is the new 2012).

A Distended Note on the Vagaries of Access and Preservation

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

Personally I wouldn’t really want to rely on that scratched up copy of The Gods Must Be Crazy IV: Crazy in Hong Kong or a variable quality, cut-up YouTube version of Teen Witch as the sole formats to maintain my cultural heritage.

On PAHR with Expanded Federal Support to Regional, State Archives

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

This is where you, fellow archivists, professional small collections managers, librarians, students, history buffs, Americans, or American enthusiasts come in to help preserve America’s history.


Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

We’ve all been aware of the tightening of budgets and funding resources due to the economic downturn, but these situations with the Tully papers and Billy Name’s works have me thinking that there are other kinds of threats to archival collections that will be rippling out for some time from the various financial troubles.

Digital Audio Interstitial Errors

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

The reality is that every system is vulnerable to this type of error regardless of its cost. And no matter how small the error, it is not an acceptable occurrence in a preservation transfer. The nature of digital interstitial errors makes them very difficult to identify using currently available methods and tools, and the truth is that they are often missed and overlooked. In short, the community needs better tools to identify and respond to errors such as these.

National Archives (NARA) 21st Annual Preservation Conference:

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

Managing the Intangible Quality Assessment of the Digital Surrogate

America’s Next Top Presidential Libraries Model

Sunday, October 4th, 2009

Even the big dogs have to deal with the impossible seeming task of producing more while spending less…

AVPS Receives a Letter of Thanks from the Archivist of the United States

Wednesday, July 25th, 2007

Chris Lacinak, founder of AVPS, was honored to receive a letter from Dr. Allen Weinstein, Archivist of the United States, thanking him for his contribution to the 21st Annual National Archives Preservation Conference held April 30th through May 1st, 2007. […]