In the Dig4E Video module, you will learn about the present state of standards and recommended best practices for digitizing (transcoding) the complex video, audio, and other content on videotape carriers into a set of digital files wrapped in a digital container. Depending upon the format of the analog videotape, some of the standards for digitization are stable while others are emergent, incompatible, or inconsistent. The module will help you understand where the technical uncertainty lies. Cultural heritage organizations should proceed with digitization while exercising caution.
This video introduces the Video module in the broader context of the risks and challenges to audiovisual heritage. The primary points are to balance media complexity and the absence of full consensus on standards, on the one hand, with the risk of inaction and the critical value of emergent digital processes. The video introduction emphasizes documentation and transparency and summarizes the top level learning goals for the Video module.