Video: Learning Units

1. What is Video?

We learn about the history of analog video recording formats how to distinguish among the types of analog signals that share space on a magnetic carrier.

2. Video Standards Overview

We learn about the organizations that develop and support the variety of standards and guidelines for digitizing analog videotapes.

3. Video Ethics

We learn about the impact of technical decision making on the shape and preservability of the products that result from digital reformatting. 

4. Analog Videotape Formats

We consider three case studies about the types of analog video formats and their contextual uses.

5. Video Media Assessment

We apply new tools for evaluating value and risk in video resources to assign digitization priorities.

6. Video Infrastructure

We learn about machine dependency and the complexities of playback for digital reformatting.

7. Outsourcing Video Work

We learn about discussing digitization services with third-party vendors.

8. Signal Processing & Digital Encoding

We learn to distinguish between containers, coded data, and file extensions for a variety of file formats.

9. Timestamping & Captioning

We learn about the challenges of extracting and encoding complex time codes and textual information on analog videotapes.

10. Audiovisual Artifacts

We learn how to use the Audiovisual Artifacts Atlas to identify digitization problems.

11. Digital Distribution Formats for Video

We learn about the digital file formats that facilitate online playback of digitized analog video.

12. Metadata Inside a Digital File

We learn about embedding and validating metadata for video files.

13. Technical Metadata About Video Files

We learn about standards for documenting the technical features of video and audio signals, timestamping, and captions.

14. The Future of Video Digitization

We learn about the aspirations of the technical standards community for long-term preservation and access.