2018 finds us digitizing more videotapes from the Brockport State University Writers Forum collection, for preservation and reference. Some of the older works we have digitized - from the late 1960's through the mid 1980's, are being posted on-line at: https://digitalcommons.brockport.edu/writers_videos/ 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 begun a project with 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. 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.2015finds 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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