Digitization

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Digitization

We can convert many common and unique types of physical and digital source material into a broad range of industry-standard digital formats.

Digitizing

  • Your original content, from paper documents and photographs to disk drives and video, will be digitized consistently and accurately.
  • We are especially experienced with audio and video tapes, but we can digitize most types of audio-visual materials, including film.
  • We can digitize books and collections on paper, from basic business documents to complex graphics and databases.
  • We have specialized facilities designed to digitize rare documents, manuscripts, and high-resolution imagery.
  • We can provide referrals for services that digitize other unique materials.
  • We have special expertise in digitizing high-volume audio-visual materials, using mass-digitization robots and related systems.
  • We can set up a cost-effective, automated encoding process to digitize your raw footage and finished productions, from small libraries to high-volume collections.

    Standard File and Wrapper Formats

    • Quality-control monitoring is performed consistently on all encoding projects to assure accurate file creation and reproduction.
    • Our technical systems are compatible with preservation standards for digital media established by the Library of Congress at the Packard Campus of the National Audio-Visual Conservation Center and other digital archive centers.

    When digitizing videos, the Digital Repository can create many different formats at once.  A common combination is:

    • MFX wrapped JPEG2000
    • MPEG-1
    • MPEG-2
    • H.264 (MPEG-4)

    We can produce many types of wrappers, including:

    • Flash
    • QuickTime
    • AVC
    • Windows Media
    • Real Media

    Cataloging and Metadata

    • We offer services to index, catalog and add metadata to enable efficient searchability and findability of digital collections.
    • We can provide cost-effective cataloging support, based on the size of your collection, level of detail required, and availability of already existing records.
    • Our cataloging services support the use of any standard thesaurus or classification system, or we can adapt customized vocabularies for special collections.

    Content Management Systems

    • We can automatically extract technical metadata from the files and create unique cataloging records for your DAM or CMS, or safely store your files for access later.
    • We are able to ingest digital files online, on hard drives, or from digital media such as LTO tapes.
    • We can import and export associated XML with all files.
    • We are able to associate and add quality assurance data as needed.
    • We can perform restoration on many types of digital assets and keep both the original and the restored versions for use.
    • We provide access to all archived files through online archive management systems.