Convert-O-Lab

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Digitize your photos, film, video & audio memories to enjoy them today!

The Covert-O-Lab is a self-serve workspace 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 on today.

  • The Convert-O-Lab can be booked in half-hour increments up to 3 hours a day at no cost.
  • You must have a training session with library staff prior to booking the Lab.  To schedule a training, please fill out this form online or call 507.328.2309 and ask for Brian or Susan.
  • Once you have had this session, you can visit the Room Booking page - make sure you choose the Convert-O-Lab on the left side of the page before you search availability.
  • Before using the equipment, you must read, sign and agree to the terms of the Participant Release Form (PDF).

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.

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)