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19 Dec Backing Up Your DVDs Online

There has certainly been a substantial shift in the consumption of digital media in the last ten years. The way we consume music and movies and play games has morphed in a direction Clay Christiansen would deem "creative destruction." What was once a substantial profit...

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15 Dec Magnetic Tape Preservation

The preservation of information on magnetic tape has its own set of criteria. For all the sophisticated technology and electronics that contribute to producing a magnetic recording, the entire process ultimately depends on the magnetic tape that the information is stored on. Tape-recording technology comprises two...

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15 Dec Magnetic Tape Composition

Magnetic tape comprises a thin layer that records the magnetic signal, and is supported by a thicker film backing. The magnetic layer (or top coat) comprises magnetic particles or pigments, which are needle-shaped and lie lengthwise, suspended in a polymer binder. The binder holds the...

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15 Dec Problems with Magnetic Media

Binder Degradation The degradation of binder polymers in magnetic tape occurs through a chemical process known as hydrolysis. Polyester links in the commonly used polyester polyurethane-based binder systems are broken up by water molecules. Think of a woolen sweater: If enough individual yarns are cut, the...

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15 Dec Media Reformatting

The inherent instability of many audio and video tapes, even when their life is maximized by good conservation and management practice and by ideal storage conditions, requires that the content be transferred to another format before it is lost through physical or chemical degradation....

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15 Dec Digital Media Restoration

Magnetic tape restoration can be defined as a process by which a video or audiotape, degraded by age, is temporarily or permanently transcribed to a playable condition and returned to its original state. The process is not meant to extend the tape's life, but to...

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15 Dec Introduction to Encoding

Why Encode Video? The short and simple answer is, “accessibility.” The Digital Age presents many new opportunities for the distribution of media. Where once it was only possible to view a video program by either broadcasting or making a tape copy and physically transporting it to...

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