XFR Collective partners with individuals and organizations to provide low-cost digitization and to develop sustainable models for managing and providing access to audiovisual materials. You can view some of the content we have transferred on the Internet Archive here!
We seek partners in three core areas:
- Digital Preservation and Transfer. We are always looking to partner with organizations and individuals who possess analog video materials in need of transfer. We usually make 6-month-long agreements with these partners, during which time we transfer 6 tapes for a nominal fee. We are not a repository and put all digitized materials online on the Internet Archive (IA). For more information on why we use IA see here. We have the capacity to transfer the following formats:
- VHS, VHS-C, S-VHS
- Betacam, BetcamSP, DigiBeta
- MiniDV, DVCam, HDV
- DVCPro 50
- Hi-8, Digital8, Video8
- 3/4″ U-matic
- DVD, DVD-R
- Compact audiocassette
- 1/4″ open reel audiotape
- CD, CD-R
2. Education. We also seek to partner with grassroots organizations, artists, and others who wish to learn how to use audiovisual archival principles to support their work. For example, in January of 2019, we conducted a Digital Transfer Workshop with Westbeth Artists Housing to discuss care and identification of analog media, converting analog media to digital, and what to do after a recording has been digitized.
3. Research and Cultural Engagement. We seek other kinds of partnerships as well–with, for instance, archivists, curators, and others interested in hosting XFR-related public presentations and written work of benefit to the community. For example, in September of 2018, we hosted an event with Secret Project Robot to digitize analog video and audio on site, offer advice for preserving personal and community media, and present a screening of past transfers.
What we don’t do. We are not a video digitization vendor. We offer small-scale digitization, consulting, and educational services within a partnership model. If you are looking for a vendor to digitize your analog tapes or film, we suggest you look elsewhere. (We can provide recommended vendors upon request.)
If you are interested in partnering with us, please visit our Contact Us page and fill out the appropriate form. We will do our best to respond to your inquiry within 2 weeks – but please be patient with us – XFR members are all volunteers with demanding full-time jobs and other responsibilities.
Before contacting us about digitization partnerships, please consider the following questions:
- What types of media do you have?
- How many of each type?
- What condition are they in?
- How is your media stored?
- What type of access do you want for your materials? How do you want to use your material?
- Can you store large digital files? Can you back up digital media?
- What are your long term goals for saving this media – both physical and digital?
But don’t worry: It’s OK not to know the answers to all these questions at this point.