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This subject will provide students with an introduction to the identification and preservation of the video format; and provide an overview of the care of collections comprising video material and formats. The subject examines the history, technological base, and the deterioration mechanisms that impact on the format.
Conserving diverse cultural records inscribed on video formats is a global issue for multi-scale collections. The balancing of competing stakeholder demands for access and preservation will be examined, as will the ethical implications of collecting practices. From this foundation, the subject will consider the handling of video collections including identification, capture, compression, distribution, standards, duplication, storage, and risk analysis.
This subject will be taught as an intensive with some material being available online and the opportunity for industry placement working in the student’s area of interest.
During the pre-teaching period students are expected to complete the course readings, review the lectures and any other course preparation as outlined on the LMS. The LMS will become available at the commencement of the pre-teaching dates.
Intended learning outcomes
Students who successfully complete this subject should be able to:
- access the content of video carriers without compromising the integrity of the original material and intent;
- assess the condition of video material, to identify deterioration mechanisms, undertake transfer practices, analyse display requirements, prepare for distribution and process storage options available;
- advocate conservation treatments suitable for diverse situations; and
- evaluate the history of video material with its underlying recording and playback technology (analogue and digital).
Last updated: 10 November 2019