Third annual AV Archives Night Shines the Spotlight on Southern US

Tuesday, July 19th, 2016

Join AVPreserve for the third annual AV Archives Night, coinciding with the Society of American Archivists annual conference in Atlanta, Georgia. The event, a night of movies and sound highlighting archival collections from organizations in the southern United States, takes […]

AV Archives Night 2016: Call for submissions

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

  Following on the success of AV Archives Nights in 2014 and 2015, AVPreserve announces the third annual AV Archives Night to take place at the Society of American Archivists’ Annual Meeting on Wednesday, August 3rd in Atlanta, Georgia. The […]

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.

The Elitism of Film Preservation

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

When I was studying some (and failing at) History as an undergrad (I don’t think the professors fully appreciated my approach of reading and interpreting historical texts as if they were literature) the full shift to the Bottom Up approach to the field was settling in. There was still time in class

Recovering Eyebeam’s Archive

Monday, November 19th, 2012

Recovering Eyebeam’s Archive from DEEPSPEED media on Vimeo.

Jonathan Minard, a current Fellow at Eyebeam, put together this video about the post-Sandy recovery effort of their media archive that was flooded during the storm. It was a great collaborative effort put into place by Jonathan, Erik Pi

How Necessary Is Rehousing Archival Audio & Video?

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

When I was first out of school I interviewed for a project archivist position with a long-standing acting school in New York. The interview was with the director of the school who, to understate it, was somewhat dramatic, and the whole thing felt more like an audition than an interview. It even star

Is Hoarding an Archival Activity?

Monday, June 4th, 2012

When I first moved to New York I lived in the Brooklyn Chinatown section of Sunset Park, an approximately 20 block long area sandwiched between a largely Hispanic section of the neighborhood and the primarily Hasidic Boro Park neighborhood. On my block was a small Indian bodega (which I’m guessing i

It’s time to start considering digital materials as legacy formats

Monday, May 21st, 2012

I know we all were very excited about the 50th anniversary of the first use of analog broadcast videotape six years ago…If by ‘we’ I mean myself, 7 friends, and that guy, Roy, whom no one has seen in person for the past 23 years.

Though still recovering from the celebratory parties we had back

Is the Product of Less Process Sufficient for Audiovisual Collections?

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

Greene and Meissner’s “More Product, Less Process” is both an inspiration to me and one of the banes of my existence. As I’m sure many archivists feel, it’s refreshing to hear an approach to collection processing that is pragmatic and takes into account the realities of the time and person

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