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CONVERT-O-LAB CLOSED

Convert-O-Lab

Due to the COVID-19 epidemic, the Convert-O-Lab has been closed indefinitely. We do not have a projected opening date at the current time.

 

The Covert-O-Lab (COL) is a series of four self-service work stations within the Computer Lab on the 2nd floor of the library with equipment for digitizing a variety of audio/visual formats so that your materials can be preserved and enjoyed today.

  • Before using the equipment, you must attend a COL training appointment and read, sign and agree to the terms of the Participant Release Form (PDF).
  • After training, the COL can be booked in half-hour increments up to 3 hours a day at no cost.

In order to save your newly digitized work, you will need to bring some sort of storage device, such as a flash drive, portable hard drive, and/or blank CDs/DVDs. to save your work. The library does not provide these, nor can we store your files on our computers.

COL Training Appointments are available for April and May

Sign up online for a one-hour training appointment session using the links down below.

Book a Convert-O-Lab Statio

 

After you have gone through training and have a participant release form on file, you may book any of the station for up to 3 hours per day.  Click on the name of a station below to make a reservation.

  • AUDIO/VIDEO Station (all audio and video formats)
  • VIDEO 2 Station (VHS, VHS-C, MiniDV, and Hi8/Video8/Digital 8 formats ONLY)
  • SCANNING Station
  • FILM

 

Formats that you can digitize in the Convert-O-Lab 

Audio Formats

  • Vinyl (Records)
  • Audio Cassette (music, personal recordings)
  • Microcassette tapes (used in hand-held recorders for recording interviews or for dictation)
  • Reel-To-Reel audio tape (large tapes on reels)

Video Tape Formats

  • VHS
  • VHS-C (smaller version of VHS)
  • Super VHS
  • Super VHS-C (smaller version of Super VHS)
  • Betamax
  • Hi8, Digital 8, Video 8 (used in camcorders)
  • MiniDV (used in Sony MiniDV camcorders)

Home Movie Film Formats

  • Super 8 / Standard 8mm Film (for a film projector)
  • 16mm film (for a film projector)

Slides, photo prints & negatives

  • Printed (paper) photographs
  • Slide film (individual slides you would show with a carousel projector)
  • Film negatives (often in strips of film - can be digitized to make them "Positive" in order to see the photos)