Media Preservation and Archiving

Televerse Studios has the skilled personnel and technology to restore and preserve your film and video assets for future use. We can also preserve documents, photographs, audio and digital media. While it is common knowledge that film stock has a relatively short lifespan and must be stored under carefully managed conditions, you may be aware that videotape also deteriorates and the content recorded on legacy tape formats will eventually become lost.  Videotape content recorded 35-40 years ago is reaching the end of its life cycle.  We are evaluating and converting salvageable video content for our clients and creating digital video files on multiple digital formats.  We are also working with our clients to create revenue streams for their video assets to offset the cost of preservation and archiving.

 

Archiving

Common storage media are not permanent and there are few reliable methods of preserving traditional media for the future. The best technique is a program of digitization and data migration, deploying a plan for moving your data from one redundant RAID protected device to another every 5 years. This can be done without any loss of quality while autonomously monitoring and upgrading as the technology changes. Coupled with our understating of codec’s and file formats, digitization and data migration can make your entire library future proof.

 

Photographs: Color negatives and ordinary prints may fade if not stored and handled properly. Color prints made on most inkjet printers look very good at first, but have a very short lifespan – measured in months, rather than in years. Even prints from commercial photo labs will start to fade in a matter of years if not processed properly and stored in cool, dry environments. The solution is to scan all your critical photographs and begin a program of data migration.

 

Documents: With documents, while the media is not vital to preserve, what they contain is absolutely mission critical. Factors such as light, atmospheric contamination, humidity, moisture and temperature can all lead to the deterioration of your printed documents. The solution is a digitization and data migration program.

 

Tape: The magnitude of magnetic tape deterioration is just starting to be realized. According to some research, there is a chance that magnetic tape older than 10 years will deteriorate to such an extent that it becomes unplayable. The threat comes from several sources, but the largest is chemical in nature, coming from the breakdown of the glue that holds the magnetic particles to the polyester base of tape. As this occurs, the tape often gets coated with an adhesive that makes it extremely difficult to play reliably. In some cases, the problem can be so severe that the magnetic material literally falls off the base leaving a pile of dust and the clear backing. The solution, before the problem becomes too advanced, is to bake the tapes and make a new copy.

 

Videotape Machines: In addition to the media being degraded over the years, the machines that playback video and audio tapes are becoming archaic themselves. Manufacturers and their support (parts, technical updates, etc.) for their machines have disappeared throughout the years. Even if the media is vaulted and archived correctly, the mechanical properties of the machines may deteriorate to the point that they can cause irreparable damage to the tape or disc being played. The solution is to get your media into the digital domain as soon as possible.

 

All recorded media gathered over the last 40 years is at risk. Accidental erasure, physical loss due to disasters such as fire and flood, and media degradation all are conspiring against the future viability of your media. Televerse Studios’ digital conversion and data migration process is the best way to protect against all of these threats and truly make your entire library future proof.