Audiovisual migration

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Length: 2 minutes, 21 seconds

Library and Archives Canada Audiovisual Migration title screen

On-camera starts at 0:08

(Commentator is standing in the Preservation Centre hallway)

Narrator: A lot is happening at Library and Archives Canada and I will share it with you in this video series.
Narrator: Let’s start with a project that is critical to our vast and rich collection. 
Narrator: Did you know that Library and Archives Canada has over half a million hours of audio and video recordings and some 90-thousand motion picture film titles?
Narrator: Everything from interviews, music, television and radio broadcasts, to parliamentary proceedings and much much more can be found in our collection.
(Exterior of the Preservation Centre building is shown, transitioning into the interior of an editing suite. Employees are shown transferring film and audio reels through various tape decks)
Narrator: But they are at risk.
Narrator: Audio-visual records deteriorate. Formats like Betamax, reel-to-reel and VHS become obsolete.  The machines that can play them are disappearing.
(Commentator is standing in the Preservation Centre hallway)
Narrator: Once this equipment goes, access to our audio and video content may be lost forever.
(Audio-video machine is shown. Man shown, monitoring the transferring content)
Narrator: That’s why we’ve embarked on an ambitious plan to transfer this content to standard computer formats.
Narrator: It will not only preserve these unique records, it will make them much more accessible. And, to more people.
(Employees shown transferring audio and video tapes through tape decks)
Narrator: As you can imagine, this is no easy task.
(Commentator is standing in the Preservation Centre hallway)
Narrator: Migrating half a million hours of at-risk audio and video recordings to standard digital file format is a monumental project.
(Man in editing room, watching content and monitoring transfer)
Narrator: A project that will also create digital versions suitable for online access at the same time.
Narrator: And this makes sense, given that our holdings are increasingly being accessed online by Canadians.
(Commentator is standing in the Preservation Centre hallway)
Narrator: This is a shining example of how digitization can help improve our preservation program.
Narrator: It also allows us to penetrate into the digital universe by providing unlimited access to these collections.
(Man is shown digitizing content. Digitizing machines and software is shown)
Narrator: Given the size and scope of this project, we are working with other partners to complete the task.
Narrator: It’s through collaborative efforts that we can take full advantage of the digital revolution to save these recordings.
Narrator: In turn, this allows us to share the information with a lot more people.
(Commentator is standing in the Preservation Centre hallway)
Audio ends at: 2:08
(Screen fades to black and shows the web address and social networking pages of Library and Archives Canada, Facebook, and Twitter)
Social media addresses: Facebook, Twitter
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