Intro to AV Preservation

4-Week Course Starts Spring 2019

Course Description:

This course provides an overview of the long-term care of audiovisual materials. Participants will learn the properties of the major categories of audiovisual materials, how to identify different media, and what their risk factors are. Building on this, the course will delve into working with audiovisual materials in an archival context, including storage, migration/digitization, and collection management.
The first half of the course will deal primarily with analog materials, after which the attention turns to digital audiovisual media. The basic properties of audiovisual files will be outlined, as well as different file formats and codecs for both popular use and for preservation. Digitization workflows will also be explained. Overall, participants will gain an outline of audiovisual preservation tasks and issues, with reference to further tools and resources. In-class exercises and homework will focus on practical scenarios.

Learning Objectives:

Describe the major categories of AV materials and their properties and identify preservation strategies for these materials
• Explain the properties of digital AV files
• Give examples of different digital AV files
• Demonstrate an understanding of digitization workflows
• Locate relevant resources and information

Your Instructor

Katherine Frances Nagels
Katherine Frances Nagels

Katherine Frances Nagels is an audiovisual archivist and software developer. A graduate of the Universiteit van Amsterdam MA programme Preservation and Presentation of the Moving Image, she has most recently worked at Archives New Zealand Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga, where she worked on a major film preservation project, as well as contributed to video preservation initiatives. She is one of the maintainers of ffmprovisr (https://amiaopensource.github.io/ffmprovisr/), an app facilitating use of the command line video manipulation program ffmpeg.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
This course starts on TBD It is an asynchronous online course designed to be completed in 4 weeks. Participants will spend approximately 2 hours each week on viewing lectures, answering quizzes, and completing discussion, reading, and homework assignments. It is recommended that you complete each week's work within that week to stay in sync with other learners.
When is the last day for registration?
Will the instructor be available for feedback and questions?
Absolutely! Your instructor will provide feedback for each assignment and will be available via email or phone for any questions you may have. A discussion forum is also available where participants can post questions.
How long do I have access to the course material?
You will have unlimited access for 3 months from the start date of this course.
Will I receive a Certificate of Completion?
In order to receive a Certificate of Completion you must complete the following each week:
1. View all video lectures
2. Answer all quizzes
3. Complete all assignments
When you complete these three items you can expect to receive you certificate within 2 weeks.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 14 days and we will give you a full refund.
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