2019 begins with another round of DVD recovery and migration for Niagara County Community College. We also begin digitizing rare 16mm motion picture films from the archives at Saint John Fisher College. The films center around the past NBA team - the Rochester Royals. The content covers games and highlights from the 1950's. They come from the estate of Bobby Wanzer - a five time NBA All- Star. Wanzer played his entire professional career for the Rochester Royals, then was their coach. He then went on to coach basketball for the Saint John Fisher College Cardinals for 24 years. We've also begun digitizing videotapes from the Thomas Golisano collection at the Wallace Memorial Library at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Mr. Golisano was founder and CEO of Paychex and a philanthropic billionaire. The videotapes range in format from D2 to Digibeta and cover news and media events featuring Mr. Golisano outside of Paychex. We're also digitizing video, audio and motion picture film from a private collection to be housed at Cornell University. We're also working on another private audio collection which includes cassette tapes, reel to reel audiotapes and numerous formats of disk recordings including Gray Audograph disk recordings from the 1940's. Digitizing Gray Audograph disks require special equipment and software. They play from the center out and vary in pitch from the start of the recording to the end. Custom turntables allow us to slow the playback speed down to 20RPM  - a middle ground for the speed of these recordings. After transferring the Gray Audograph disks, professional audio processing software enables us to change the pitch throughout the recording so that the final WAV files result is a steady pitch throughout. 2018 finds us digitizing more videotapes from the Brockport State University Writers Forum collection, for preservation and reference. They include early interviews of famous Pulitzer-Prize winning authors. As qualified vendors for the University of Rochester, a wide variety of various projects have been coming in from different departments. We've worked on several high-profile cases for local law enforcement agencies and law firms. We have also digitized two rounds of content from Niagara County Community College. The College has a large collection of DVD video disks from the department of Performing Arts library. Because the disks are checked out by students and teachers, a good portion of the collection has contaminates and scratches on the data side and a percentage of the disks are also starting to have data layer fading. Our job is to pull the data off the disks as a file based format for preservation. First, we resurface the disks so the data can be properly read, then we rip the data off the disks with a special data recovery program. To date we have had a 100% recovery rate. Saint John Fisher College has us digitizing another round of reel to reel audiotape media from their Rochester Radio History Collection. These tapes are human interest broadcasts that were produced for public radio, many of which went national. The tapes suffered from a myriad of issues: flaking, soft binder, sticky shed, decaying tape slices and a wide variance of azimuth settings between each broadcast - 15-20 broadcasts per reel of tape. We were able to successfully digitize all of the content without any loss. We also have a major influx of larger consumer collections coming in including: slide collections, video collections and motion picture film collections. One of the consumer projects includes digitization of a wonderful collection of 16mm motion picture films covering the construction, heyday and end of the Rochester subway and trolley system from the 1920's, through 1960's. This content will be shared with the local library system, local transportation museums and local cable access stations for broadcast. 2017 has us finishing up projects for The Dharma Ocean Foundation, The Sisters of Saint Joseph Archives, as well as a new collection of 3/4" U-Matic tapes from Brockport State University's Writer's Forum. The shows were produced in the 1960's through 1980's for local cable access. Many famous Pulitzer Prize winning writers and poets were featured on the show, including names such as W. S Merwin, Richard Wilbur, Isaac Bashevis Singer, John Ashbery and Anne Sexton as well as other historically significant writers such as Allen Ginsberg, Robert Hayden, Isaac Asimov and Gene Roddenberry just to name a few. Some of these programs were on tape formats that required treatment prior to digitizing and/or very special signal processing to stabilize the video signal prior to digitization. Now these programs can be enjoyed by the general public as well as researchers for years to come. We also started scanning a second round of several thousand still image assets from the Caesarea collection for the Universities of Cornell and Cincinnati. St. John Fisher College has sent us another round of reel-to-reel audiotape digitizing for their Rochester Radio History Collection. Progressive Insurance has also commissioned us to digitize another round of audiovisual media in their corporate archives collection. 2016 Larger projects of note include high-resolution scans of over 8,000 still images including slides, large format transparencies, large format photos and 35mm roll film negatives. These images document the excavation of the Promontory Palace, built by King Herod in 25 BC in the ancient city of Caesarea Maritima (located on the shores of Israel). The dig was co-funded by Cornell University and the University of Cincinnati. As the palace was unearthed photographs were taken, documenting the excavation and the palace. The palace was then buried again to preserve it. The scanned photos will serve researchers and scholars for generations to come. Another large project has us digitizing 1,000 videotapes from the Dharma Ocean Foundation, one of the most well respected Tibetan Buddhist teaching and meditation foundations in America. Digital derivatives will be used for both educational streaming now and archival master preservation files for future content preservation. We also digitized another round of promotional and advertising assets from Progressive Insurance. We've started moving digital information from over 1,000 aging DVD video disks to file based format for the University of Rochester's Mount Hope Family Center. We're also digitizing a collection of oral history interviews on cassette audiotape and historical 16mm film for the Sisters of Saint Joseph archives. We've upgraded our video capabilities adding several legacy videotape formats to accommodate new client requests. We're also pleased to announce a new partnership with the George Eastman Museum's Selznick School of Film Preservation - one of the highest regarded schools for film preservation and archiving in the world. MTS hires masters degree students to help with the growing workload at MTS. The students work in a real world environment that is related to their degree and MTS gets help from serious young professionals that are up to speed in many aspects of archiving. 2015 finds us working on more content from Georgetown University, and the estate archives of well-known Jazz musician - Don Elliott. New projects include digitization of video and audio oral history interviews from the organization - Densho: The Japanese American Legacy Project. Based in Seattle Washington, they are one of the largest repositories of Japanese American history in the country. Video formats we digitize to archival master file and reference file are being posted to the web and available here: http://ddr.densho.org/   MTS also took on a project digitizing the archives of commercial producer Steven Vaughan. Back in the '70's and '80's, Steve was a very successful commercial producer on contract with companies such as US Air, Channel Fragrances, Giorgio Armani, Fanta, Nestle, Anheuser Busch, and Chrysler to name a few. His 1" master videotapes had taken on mold contamination and moderate sticky shed breakdown. After treating the tapes, we transferred them to archival digital master files and reference files. By September, our new 2,200 square foot facility was operational with plenty of projects to work on. The second half of 2015 found us continuing with another round of historic interviews of Japanese Americans interned during WWII from the Densho organization. At the same time we began a new project digitizing several hundred video and audio tape interviews of Holocaust Survivors from WWII for the Jewish Federation. Digital derivatives will be used as part of an educational curriculum for city schools as well as master archival file versions for preservation. We digitized another round of media from the archives of the corporate offices of Progressive Insurance. We also digitized original music produced for NASA that was played to astronauts while on missions during the 80's like Skylab. This music was also inserted into landers and probes as part of a time capsule representation. 2014 continued our success. The Walter Williams PBS documentary finally finished in February. Overall - a very nice piece to go to broadcast in the spring of 2015. Continuing projects for the Memorial Art Gallery, St. John Fisher College, Georgetown University and Progressive Insurance kept a steady flow of new audiovisual materials coming in. New projects included the first round of digitizing unique video and audiotape masters from the estate of well known Jazz Musician; Don Elliott. With the help of his friend, Les Paul, Don built one of the first multi-track recording studios in the country. Content from his estate includes live public concerts and private jam sessions in his studios, which include friends such as jazz greats: Bill Evans, Gerry Mulligan, Phil Bodner and Big Joe Williams. 2013 was our busiest year yet. Projects for the PBS documentary on Walter Williams, Memorial Art Gallery, St John Fisher College, University of Rochester mentioned below were ongoing. Highlights of new projects includes: digitization of both video and audio assets from the Jean Craighead George estate (famous children book author), as well as 16mm motion picture film from the 1930's and 1940's for Camp Pathfinder - the famous canoe camp based in Algonquin Provincial Park. We also began a multi-year project with the Department of Neurology at the University of Georgetown, digitizing their holdings of over 1800 hours of very valuable videotaped lab studies on brain plasticity. MTS was commissioned to digitize Georgetown's collection that spans 40 years on over 10 different legacy videotape formats for both laboratory coding and long-term preservation. We also began a long term project with Progressive Insurance to digitize all of their archival audiovisual media assets for reference, re-use in future advertising campaigns and preservation. Finally we digitized camera original 16mm film taken by famed ornithologist Gladys Gordon Fry, documenting her trip as one of the first woman to explore Trinidad and Tobago as an ornithologist back in the 1930's. Gladys worked for the Museum of Natural History in New York City and was know as the "Bird Lady of Central Park" for her unique bird watching tours through Central Park.. 2012 was a banner year. MTS transferred 16mm motion picture film for the Naples Historical Society that highlighted little documented Seneca Indian Nation pageant celebrations in the early 1960's The producer of these pageants was Native American; Arthur C Parker, the second director of the Rochester Museum of Science. The films also showed footage of Parker at the end of the pageant taking a bow. It is probably the last known footage prior to his death six months later. We also worked with the Eisenhower College Alumni Foundation to help digitize and preserve unique motion picture film footage of Dwight D. Eisenhower, both personal family footage donated to the college by the Eisenhower family and filmed visits of both the President and Maime Eisenhower when they came to visit the college on several occasions. The collection also contained unique audio recordings from both the President and his wife to graduating students at the college as well as an interview with Maime. We also began working with producer Tony Machi of Machi and Machi Communications. Tony has produced many documentaries for PBS. This current documentary focused on the life story of well-known black economist, Walter E Williams. MTS served as the central hub for all archival media used in the documentary. We digitized slides, photographs, motion picture film and video from Walter's personal family collection. We also did the enhancement on these items and served as coordinator for four archival media researchers, media pricing negotiator and buyer as well as media reformatting for all the stock footage used in the documentary. It is scheduled for release in late fall of 2014. MTS also began work with the nationally acclaimed Memorial Art Gallery. Oral history interviews on both reel-to-reel and cassette tapes with the museum's key personnel over the past 70 years were digitized and used for both the Centennial Celebration and for preservation. A portion of the collection was 50 audiotapes of confidential interviews with Gertrude (second Director) and Isabel (Assistant Director and Curator) Herdle. Their stories were incredible! 2011 highlights included: Work with The Developmental Psychology Department at the University of Rochester. A collection of several hundred videotapes needed to be digitized and enhanced for use in lab studies work. MTS worked with both the company that made the coding software used for visual analysis of the digitized video content and the department at the University to develop an efficient workflow and come up with video codecs that could be used in the short term for analysis along with other codecs that could also be used for preservation. MTS also worked on a handful of projects for the ATF, The Office of Special Affairs in California and the CIA for some special cold case files that were re-opened. Legacy format video and audio media were transferred to digital formats for investigative work. MTS also transferred the personal film and slide collection of Taco Proper, who was head of international sales for Kodak in both South America and Asia. Content included a safari in Mato Grosso, Brazil with the famed jaguar hunter Sasha Siemel. Also in the personal collection was the first Super 8mm motion picture film, filmed by an American in China, with permission by the Chinese Government. We also transferred unique motion picture footage of Dr Frank, founder of Dr. Frank's Vinifera Wine Cellars - one of the most celebrated and award winning wineries in New York. 2010 was a great year with all types of interesting projects. Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, NY asked us to transfer a very rare reel-to-reel audiotape in very poor condition. The recording was a four hour long interview with Paul Strand on his life story. Mr Strand was born in 1890 and helped to establish photography as an art form in the 20th century. He actually influenced Ansel Adams to take up interest in photography. The tape was acetate based and stored in unfavorable conditions to a point where Vinegar Syndrome had significantly shrunk the tape. Special tape guide jigs along with adjustments on the tensioning on our custom built ATR 100 reel-to-reel machine allowed us to successfully transfer the tape and digitize this very important piece of history. At the same time, the University of Rochester's Oncology Department had some special 16mm films of microscopic blood cell testing that they needed transferring for scientific research. The high quality transfers we provided to them, in turn, gave Media Transfer Service a qualified vendor status with the University of Rochester. Shortly following we began work with the department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at the University of Rochester converting a sizable collection of 3/4" U-Matic and 1" videotapes for preservation and lab reference work.

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2019     begins    with    another    round    of    DVD    recovery    and migration   for   Niagara   County   Community   College.   We   also begin   digitizing   rare   16mm   motion   picture   films   from   the archives    at    Saint    John    Fisher    College.    The    films    center around    the    past    NBA    team    -    the    Rochester    Royals.    The content   covers   games   and   highlights   from   the   1950's.   They come   from   the   estate   of   Bobby   Wanzer   -   a   five   time   NBA   All- Star.   Wanzer   played   his   entire   professional   career   for   the Rochester   Royals,   then   was   their   coach.   He   then   went   on   to coach   basketball   for   the   Saint   John   Fisher   College   Cardinals for   24   years.   We've   also   begun   digitizing   videotapes   from the    Thomas    Golisano    collection    at    the    Wallace    Memorial Library     at     the     Rochester     Institute     of     Technology.     Mr. Golisano     was     founder     and     CEO     of     Paychex     and     a philanthropic    billionaire.    The    videotapes    range    in    format from    D2    to    Digibeta    and    cover    news    and    media    events featuring    Mr.    Golisano    outside    of    Paychex.    We're    also digitizing    video,    audio    and    motion    picture    film    from    a private   collection   to   be   housed   at   Cornell   University.   We're also    working    on    another    private    audio    collection    which includes     cassette     tapes,     reel     to     reel     audiotapes     and numerous     formats     of     disk     recordings     including     Gray Audograph   disk   recordings   from   the   1940's.   Digitizing   Gray Audograph   disks   require   special   equipment   and   software. They   play   from   the   center   out   and   vary   in   pitch   from   the start   of   the   recording   to   the   end.   Custom   turntables   allow us   to   slow   the   playback   speed   down   to   20RPM      -   a   middle ground   for   the   speed   of   these   recordings.   After   transferring the   Gray   Audograph   disks,   professional   audio   processing software    enables    us    to    change    the    pitch    throughout    the recording   so   that   the   final   WAV   files   result   is   a   steady   pitch throughout. 2018   finds   us   digitizing   more   videotapes   from   the   Brockport State   University   Writers   Forum   collection,   for   preservation and    reference.    They    include    early    interviews    of    famous Pulitzer-Prize   winning   authors.   As   qualified   vendors   for   the University   of   Rochester,   a   wide   variety   of   various   projects have    been    coming    in    from    different    departments.    We've worked     on     several     high-profile     cases     for     local     law enforcement   agencies   and   law   firms.   We   have   also   digitized two    rounds    of    content    from    Niagara    County    Community College.   The   College   has   a   large   collection   of   DVD   video disks    from    the    department    of    Performing    Arts    library. Because     the     disks     are     checked     out     by     students     and teachers,   a   good   portion   of   the   collection   has   contaminates and   scratches   on   the   data   side   and   a   percentage   of   the disks   are   also   starting   to   have   data   layer   fading.   Our   job   is to   pull   the   data   off   the   disks   as   a   file   based   format   for preservation.   First,   we   resurface   the   disks   so   the   data   can be   properly   read,   then   we   rip   the   data   off   the   disks   with   a special   data   recovery   program.   To   date   we   have   had   a   100% recovery    rate.    Saint    John    Fisher    College    has    us    digitizing another   round   of   reel   to   reel   audiotape   media   from   their Rochester   Radio   History   Collection.   These   tapes   are   human interest    broadcasts    that    were    produced    for    public    radio, many   of   which   went   national.   The   tapes   suffered   from   a myriad   of   issues:   flaking,   soft   binder,   sticky   shed,   decaying tape   slices   and   a   wide   variance   of   azimuth   settings   between each   broadcast   -   15-20   broadcasts   per   reel   of   tape.   We   were able   to   successfully   digitize   all   of   the   content   without   any loss.    We    also    have    a    major    influx    of    larger    consumer collections    coming    in    including:    slide    collections,    video collections   and   motion   picture   film   collections.   One   of   the consumer    projects    includes    digitization    of    a    wonderful collection    of    16mm    motion    picture    films    covering    the construction,   heyday   and   end   of   the   Rochester   subway   and trolley   system   from   the   1920's,   through   1960's.   This   content will     be     shared     with     the     local     library     system,     local transportation   museums   and   local   cable   access   stations   for broadcast. 2017   has   us   finishing   up   projects   for   The   Dharma   Ocean Foundation,   The   Sisters   of   Saint   Joseph   Archives,   as   well   as a   new   collection   of   3/4"   U-Matic   tapes   from   Brockport   State University's   Writer's   Forum.   The   shows   were   produced   in the    1960's    through    1980's    for    local    cable    access.    Many famous    Pulitzer    Prize    winning    writers    and    poets    were featured    on    the    show,    including    names    such    as    W.    S. Merwin,   Richard   Wilbur,   Isaac   Bashevis   Singer,   John   Ashbery and    Anne    Sexton    as    well    as    other    historically    significant writers    such    as    Allen    Ginsberg,    Robert    Hayden,    Isaac Asimov   and   Gene   Roddenberry   just   to   name   a   few.   Some   of these     programs     were     on     tape     formats     that     required treatment    prior    to    digitizing    and/or    very    special    signal processing   to   stabilize   the   video   signal   prior   to   digitization. Now   these   programs   can   be   enjoyed   by   the   general   public as   well   as   researchers   for   years   to   come.   We   also   started scanning   a   second   round   of   several   thousand   still   image assets   from   the   Caesarea   collection   for   the   Universities   of Cornell   and   Cincinnati.   St.   John   Fisher   College   has   sent   us another   round   of   reel-to-reel   audiotape   digitizing   for   their Rochester   Radio   History   Collection.   Progressive   Insurance has    also    commissioned    us    to    digitize    another    round    of audiovisual media in their corporate archives collection. 2016   L arger   projects   of   note   include   high-resolution   scans of    over    8,000    still    images    including    slides,    large    format transparencies,    large    format    photos    and    35mm    roll    film negatives.   These   images   document   the   excavation   of   the Promontory    Palace,    built    by    King    Herod    in    25    BC    in    the ancient   city   of   Caesarea   Maritima   (located   on   the   shores   of Israel).   The   dig   was   co-funded   by   Cornell   University   and   the University    of    Cincinnati.    As    the    palace    was    unearthed photographs   were   taken,   documenting   the   excavation   and the   palace.   The   palace   was   then   buried   again   to   preserve   it. The   scanned   photos   will   serve   researchers   and   scholars   for generations   to   come.   Another   large   project   has   us   digitizing 1,000   videotapes   from   the   Dharma   Ocean   Foundation,   one of   the   most   well   respected   Tibetan   Buddhist   teaching   and meditation   foundations   in   America.   Digital   derivatives   will be   used   for   both   educationa l   streaming   now   and   archival master   preservation   files   for   future   content   preservation. We     also     digitized     another     round     of     promotional     and advertising     assets     from     Progressive     Insurance.     We've started   moving   digital   information   from   over   1,000   aging DVD   video   disks   to   file   based   format   for   the   University   of Rochester's   Mount   Hope   Family   Center.   We're   also   digitizing a   collection   of   oral   history   interviews   on   cassette   audiotape and    historical    16mm    film    for    the    Sisters    of    Saint    Joseph archives.    We've    upgraded    our    video    capabilities    adding several    legacy    videotape    formats    to    accommodate    new client    requests.    We're    also    pleased    to    announce    a    new partnership   with   the   George   Eastman   Museum's   Selznick School   of   Film   Preservation   -   one   of   the   highest   regarded schools   for   film   preservation   and   archiving   in   the   world. MTS    hires    masters    degree    students    to    help    with    the growing   workload   at   MTS.   The   students   work   in   a   real   world environment   that   is   related   to   their   degree   and   MTS   gets help   from   serious   young   professionals   that   are   up   to   speed in many aspects of archiving. 2015    finds   us   working   on   more   content   from   Georgetown University,    and    the    estate    archives    of    well-known    Jazz musician   -   Don   Elliott.   New   projects   include   digitization   of video      and      audio      oral      history      interviews      from      the organization    -    Densho:    The    Japanese    American    Legacy Project.   Based   in   Seattle   Washington,   they   are   one   of   the largest    repositories    of    Japanese    American    history    in    the country.   Video   formats   we   digitize   to   archival   master   file and   reference   file   are   being   posted   to   the   web   and   available here:   http://ddr.densho.org/         MTS   also   took   on   a   project digitizing    the    archives    of    commercial    producer    Steven Vaughan.    Back    in    the    '70's    and    '80's,    Steve    was    a    very successful      commercial      producer      on      contract      with companies    such    as    US    Air,    Channel    Fragrances,    Giorgio Armani,    Fanta,    Nestle,    Anheuser    Busch,    and    Chrysler    to name   a   few.   His   1"   master   videotapes   had   taken   on   mold contamination   and   moderate   sticky   shed   breakdown.   After treating   the   tapes,   we   transferred   them   to   archival   digital master    files    and    reference    files.    By    September,    our    new 2,200    square    foot    facility    was    operational    with    plenty    of projects    to    work    on.    The    second    half    of    2015    found    us continuing    with    another    round    of    historic    interviews    of Japanese   Americans   interned   during   WWII   from   the   Densho organization.    At    the    same    time    we    began    a    new    project digitizing   several   hundred   video   and   audio   tape   interviews of   Holocaust   Survivors   from   WWII   for   the   Jewish   Federation. Digital   derivatives   will   be   used   as   part   of   an   educational curriculum   for   city   schools   as   well   as   master   archival   file versions    for    preservation.    We    digitized    another    round    of media     from     the     archives     of     the     corporate     offices     of Progressive    Insurance.    We    also    digitized    original    music produced   for   NASA   that   was   played   to   astronauts   while   on missions   during   the   80's   like   Skylab.   This   music   was   also inserted   into   landers   and   probes   as   part   of   a   time   capsule representation. 2014    continued    our    success.    The    Walter    Williams    PBS documentary   finally   finished   in   February.   Overall   -   a   very nice    piece    to    go    to    broadcast    in    the    spring    of    2015. Continuing   projects   for   the   Memorial   Art   Gallery,   St.   John Fisher     College,     Georgetown     University     and     Progressive Insurance   kept   a   steady   flow   of   new   audiovisual   materials coming     in.     New     projects     included     the     first     round     of digitizing    unique    video    and    audiotape    masters    from    the estate   of   well   known   Jazz   Musician;   Don   Elliott.   With   the help   of   his   friend,   Les   Paul,   Don   built   one   of   the   first   multi- track    recording    studios    in    the    country.    Content    from    his estate   includes   live   public   concerts   and   private   jam   sessions in   his   studios,   which   include   friends   such   as   jazz   greats:   Bill Evans, Gerry Mulligan, Phil Bodner and Big Joe Williams. 2013    was    our    busiest    year    yet.    Projects    for    the    PBS documentary   on   Walter   Williams,   Memorial   Art   Gallery,   St John    Fisher    College,    University    of    Rochester    mentioned below   were   ongoing.   Highlights   of   new   projects   includes: digitization   of   both   video   and   audio   assets   from   the   Jean Craighead   George   estate   (famous   children   book   author),   as well    as    16mm    motion    picture    film    from    the    1930's    and 1940's   for   Camp   Pathfinder   -   the   famous   canoe   camp   based in   Algonquin   Provincial   Park.   We   also   began   a   multi-year project   with   the   Department   of   Neurology   at   the   University of   Georgetown,   digitizing   their   holdings   of   over   1800   hours of   very   valuable   videotaped   lab   studies   on   brain   plasticity. MTS   was   commissioned   to   digitize   Georgetown's   collection that   spans   40   years   on   over   10   different   legacy   videotape formats      for      both      laboratory      coding      and      long-term preservation.    We    also    began    a    long    term    project    with Progressive     Insurance     to     digitize     all     of     their     archival audiovisual    media    assets    for    reference,    re-use    in    future advertising   campaigns   and   preservation.   Finally   we   digitized camera   original   16mm   film   taken   by   famed   ornithologist Gladys   Gordon   Fry,   documenting   her   trip   as   one   of   the   first woman   to   explore   Trinidad   and   Tobago   as   an   ornithologist back    in    the    1930's.    Gladys    worked    for    the    Museum    of Natural   History   in   New   York   City   and   was   know   as   the   "Bird Lady   of   Central   Park"   for   her   unique   bird   watching   tours through Central Park.. 2012   was   a   banner   year.    MTS   transferred   16mm   motion picture      film      for      the      Naples      Historical      Society      that highlighted   little   documented   Seneca   Indian   Nation   pageant celebrations    in    the    early    1960's    The    producer    of    these pageants   was   Native   American;   Arthur   C   Parker,   the   second director   of   the   Rochester   Museum   of   Science.   The   films   also showed   footage   of   Parker   at   the   end   of   the   pageant   taking   a bow.   It   is   probably   the   last   known   footage   prior   to   his   death six    months    later.    We    also    worked    with    the    Eisenhower College    Alumni    Foundation    to    help    digitize    and    preserve unique      motion      picture      film      footage      of      Dwight      D. Eisenhower,   both   personal   family   footage   donated   to   the college   by   the   Eisenhower   family   and   filmed   visits   of   both the   President   and   Maime   Eisenhower   when   they   came   to visit   the   college   on   several   occasions.   The   collection   also contained   unique   audio   recordings   from   both   the   President and   his   wife   to   graduating   students   at   the   college   as   well   as an    interview    with    Maime.    We    also    began    working    with producer   Tony   Machi   of   Machi   and   Machi   Communications. Tony    has    produced    many    documentaries    for    PBS.    This current    documentary    focused    on    the    life    story    of    well- known   black   economist,   Walter   E   Williams.   MTS   served   as the     central     hub     for     all     archival     media     used     in     the documentary.    We    digitized    slides,    photographs,    motion picture     film     and     video     from     Walter's     personal     family collection.   We   also   did   the   enhancement   on   these   items and     served     as     coordinator     for     four     archival     media researchers,   media   pricing   negotiator   and   buyer   as   well   as media   reformatting   for   all   the   stock   footage   used   in   the documentary.   It   is   scheduled   for   release   in   late   fall   of   2014. MTS     also     began     work     with     the     nationally     acclaimed Memorial   Art   Gallery.   Oral   history   interviews   on   both   reel- to-reel   and   cassette   tapes   with   the   museum's   key   personnel over   the   past   70   years   were   digitized   and   used   for   both   the Centennial   Celebration   and   for   preservation.   A   portion   of the   collection   was   50   audiotapes   of   confidential   interviews with     Gertrude     (second     Director)     and     Isabel     (Assistant Director and Curator) Herdle. Their stories were incredible! 2011    highlights    included:     Work    with    The    Developmental Psychology   Department   at   the   University   of   Rochester.   A collection    of    several    hundred    videotapes    needed    to    be digitized   and   enhanced   for   use   in   lab   studies   work.   MTS worked    with    both    the    company    that    made    the    coding software    used    for    visual    analysis    of    the    digitized    video content   and   the   department   at   the   University   to   develop   an efficient    workflow    and    come    up    with    video    codecs    that could    be    used    in    the    short    term    for    analysis    along    with other   codecs   that   could   also   be   used   for   preservation.   MTS also   worked   on   a   handful   of   projects   for   the   ATF,   The   Office of   Special   Affairs   in   California   and   the   CIA   for   some   special cold   case   files   that   were   re-opened.   Legacy   format   video and    audio    media    were    transferred    to    digital    formats    for investigative   work.   MTS   also   transferred   the   personal   film and    slide    collection    of    Taco    Proper,    who    was    head    of international   sales   for   Kodak   in   both   South   America   and Asia.   Content   included   a   safari   in   Mato   Grosso,   Brazil   with the   famed   jaguar   hunter   Sasha   Siemel.   Also   in   the   personal collection    was    the    first    Super    8mm    motion    picture    film, filmed    by    an    American    in    China,    with    permission    by    the Chinese   Government.   We   also   transferred   unique   motion picture   footage   of   Dr   Frank,   founder   of   Dr.   Frank's   Vinifera Wine    Cellars    -    one    of    the    most    celebrated    and    award winning wineries in New York. 2010   was   a   great   year   with   all   types   of   interesting   projects. Visual    Studies    Workshop    in    Rochester,    NY    asked    us    to transfer    a    very    rare    reel-to-reel    audiotape    in    very    poor condition.    The    recording    was    a    four    hour    long    interview with   Paul   Strand   on   his   life   story.   Mr   Strand   was   born   in 1890   and   helped   to   establish   photography   as   an   art   form   in the   20th   century.   He   actually   influenced   Ansel   Adams   to take    up    interest    in    photography.    The    tape    was    acetate based    and    stored    in    unfavorable    conditions    to    a    point where   Vinegar   Syndrome   had   significantly   shrunk   the   tape. Special    tape    guide    jigs    along    with    adjustments    on    the tensioning     on     our     custom     built     ATR     100     reel-to-reel machine   allowed   us   to   successfully   transfer   the   tape   and digitize   this   very   important   piece   of   history.   At   the   same time,   the   University   of   Rochester's   Oncology   Department had    some    special    16mm    films    of    microscopic    blood    cell testing   that   they   needed   transferring   for   scientific   research. The   high   quality   transfers   we   provided   to   them,   in   turn, gave   Media   Transfer   Service   a   qualified   vendor   status   with the    University    of    Rochester.    Shortly    following    we    began work   with   the   department   of   Brain   and   Cognitive   Sciences at   the   University   of   Rochester   converting   a   sizable   collection of   3/4"   U-Matic   and   1"   videotapes   for   preservation   and   lab reference work.
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