Video to Digital Conversion

Elgato Video Capture

Used to convert VHS tapes to digital files for preservation or to use in a digital medium. This process converts in real time, so a 90 minute VHS will take 90 minutes to record and patrons must stay for the entire conversion time. This process requires that patrons bring with them a digital storage device to save the file (USB drive, portable hard drive, laptop). Convert old home videos to preserve or share or other VHS tapes for use on more modern devices.

What is Video to Digital Conversion?
Digitizing is a process that converts original non-copyrighted images, video, and documents to a digital file for storage and access via a computer.

Project Planning

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost?
There is no cost to use the equipment. 

Does this machine require training?
Before you can use this machine, you must:
1.Have a MidPointe Library card.
2. Have completed and submitted an Innovation Pointe waiver. Waivers can be completed in the space during normal hours. Minors MUST have a parent or guardian sign in-person. 
3. Complete the Competency Badging by reviewing the assigned materials and demonstrating competency with an Innovation Pointe Staff Member. Competency Badging Curriculum for review can be obtained from an Innovation Pointe Staff Member. Must be 10 years or older.

How do I plan a successful project?
Any video is converted in real time (a 90 minute video will take 90 minutes to digitize). You will need to bring storage large enough to save the files created. Video files can be over a gigabyte when converted.

What should I bring?
You need to bring your physical media you wish to digitize. In order to get the best results the original media needs to be in the best condition possible. 

How do I reserve digitizing equipment?  
To reserve equipment for a longer or more complicated project, you must schedule a consultation with Innovation Pointe staff. Once staff has approved the project, they will schedule your reservation.   
Reservation times are: Wednesday 5:00-9:00 PM, Saturday 9:00 AM-1:00 PM, Sunday 1:00-5:00 PM.   
Patrons are limited to one reservation per week.   

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