Utilization of the Library’s Digital Preservation Studio will allow library patrons to convert memories captured via outdated media into digital formats which can be preserved for family members and the future. While the studio’s focus is on preserving memories, the studio’s equipment remains a great resource for those who want to design a website, manipulate art, create flyers, design a newsletter, etc.
The DPS offers access to a computer, the newest version of iOS and iLife, Adobe’s Creative Suite 6 (Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Illustrator, InDesign, Flash, Fireworks, and Bridge), Apple’s flagship video editor Final Cut Pro X, a Wacom drawing tablet, a photo scanner, a VCR, a USB Microphone, Roxio and myDVD (for converting and burning VHS to DVD), Tape 2 PC Converter, EZ Vinyl/Tape Converter, a collection of application-specific books, and a binder with instructions about how to use each piece of equipment.
Slides, VHS recordings, CDs and cassette tapes are examples of outdated media formats which can be converted to digital using equipment found in the studio. Patrons will not be able to convert 8mm, vinyl, or Beta recordings.
These powerful tools can have a bit of a learning curve for new users. In order to assist you, the studio has a collection of application-specific books available, as well as this database of instructional videos. To find a video, go to the digital preservation studio blog. On the blog, search video topics using keywords in the search bar at the top of the page, or browse the topics located in the sidebar to the left. Additionally, feel free to look through the studio manual here.
Patrons who want further instruction before starting their conversion projects are encouraged to schedule a one-on-one appointment with a library staff member for a crash course in using the studio’s equipment. Appointments for instruction can be scheduled in person, by calling 309.828.6093, or online at bloomingtonlibrary.org/appointments.