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Film, Video, and Audio Components


  • TechFocus II: Caring for Film and Slide Art
    Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden; April 27-28, 2012
    This 2-day workshop, sponsored by the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation (FAIC), was organized by the Electronic Media Group of the American Institute for Conservation (AIC-EMG). TechFocus II was designed to educate conservators, curators, and other art professionals about the technology of film and slide-based artworks, and to recommend best practices for their acquisition, preservation, and display.
    For the Full Program, click here.

  • The Film Preservation Guide: The Basics for Libraries, Archives and Museums.
    National Film Preservation Foundation. 2004
    A practical guide to the basics of film preservation, detailing practical strategies to handling, conserving, storing, and providing access to film elements.

  • The Home Film Preservation Guide
    Website sponsored by the Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA)
    A web site outlining simple guidelines for preserving and caring for film materials outside of specialized archives, with a focus on storage at home.

  • Care, Handling, and Storage of Motion Picture Film
    Library of Congress
    A link to aggregated materials, including film identification resources, nitrate film guides, general handling best practices, storage, and more.

  • Film Scanning Considerations.
    The Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision (Sound and Vision) explores considerations in scanning film towards preservation. Member resources on films are linked here.


  • TechFocus I: Caring for Video Art
    Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, NY; September 1-2, 2010
    This two-day workshop aimed to familiarize participants with the technological aspects of both analog and digital video art, as well as the technical and aesthetic impacts of digitization, compression, and format migration.

  • Videotape Identification and Assessment Guide
    Mona Jimenez and Liss Platt. Texas Commission on the Arts, 2004
    This guide lists analog video formats help with identification and risk assessment as part of a conditional assessment of analog video. Photos are included.

  • Magnetic Tape Storage and Handling: A Guide for Libraries and Archives
    Dr. John W.C. Van Bogart. National Media Laboratory, June 1995
    An illustrated guide to magnetic media and inherent risks to the material. Many photos and a clear exploration of best practices for the handling, storage, and preservation of the material are explored though the life cycle of the material.

  • Home Videotape
    American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC)
    A basic guide to caring for analog videotape including an exploration of the major risks to the material.

  • Video Preservation
    VideoPreservation website. Tim Vitale and Paul Messier. 2007-2013.
    A very robust guide to the process of preserving analog video with a guide to preservation quality digital transfer. Includes a very detailed section on video rack setup for the digital capture of analog video at preservation quality.

  • Video Preservation: The Basics
    Sherry Miller Hocking and Mona Jimenez. Experimental Television Center
    A basic guide to the cleaning, restoration, ethics, preservation planning, storage and care of tape, with a very extensive bibliography and links.

  • Compendium of Image Errors in Analogue Video
    Johannes Gfeller, Agathe Jarczyk, Joanna Phillips. A contribution by Irene Schubiger. Swiss Institute for Art Research SIK-ISEA, 1st edition, 2013. 1 DVD.
    A publication on analog video preservation for art collections detailing image errors with visual samples.

  • The Emergence of Video Processing Tools: Television Becoming Unglued.
    Editors Kathy High, Sherry Miller Hocking, Mona Jimenez, 2013
    Details the development of early video tools and systems designed and built by artists and technologists during the late 1960s and ’70s.

  • High-Definition Video Guide.
    Electronic Arts Intermix
    A primer on High-Definition video.

  • Sustaining Consistent Video Presentation.
    Dave Rice, Tate Research, 2015
    This technical paper addresses approaches to identifying and mitigating risks associated with sustaining the consistent presentation of digital video files.