What is a Digital Conversion Station?
The Digitization Station is a place where you can bring the past to life. It’s a service that allows you to bring in home videos, photographs, and documents to digitize. You can digitize home videos, from VHS, 8mm, Super 8 and VHS-C by using our various converting devices. You can digitize photographs, film, documents using a cutting edge flatbed scanner.
Training sessions are required before you can use these devices on your own time. In these training sessions, it is recommended for participants to bring something that they want digitized. The station is located on the second floor, near the public computers.
The Digitization Station has two state of the art computers, one for scanning and the other for digitizing home videos. The sessions are set up by reservation for 2.5 hours. The station is open to the public, it is not just for Middletown residents.
What Can You Convert to Digital?
VHS-C Cassette Adapter
What you need to bring:
Your own home videos (VHS, VHS-C) in good condition – no mold and no deterioration.
USB Drive, if that is the form you wish to save to. You may also save to your Google Drive or Dropbox account.
Super 8 & 8mm Movies
Wolverine 8mm and Super 8 Reels
What you need to bring:
Your own home videos (8mm, Super 8) in good condition – no mold and no deterioration.
SD cards or USB Drive for (8mm or Super 8) if that is the form you want it saved to. SD cards cannot be more than 32 gb. You may also save to your Google Drive or Dropbox account.
For security and privacy, all computer storage is erased after a user logs off their session. Anything saved or work done on the computer can not be recovered. It is required for participants to bring their own USB drives and SD cards to save their digitized files.
Make an Appointment
The Digital Conversion Station is available by appointment so we can show you how to get started! Please fill out our online request form and we will be in touch to schedule your appointment.
The VHS conversions are in real time and the Super 8/8mm are frame by frame. They both will take longer than expected.
Food and drinks are not permitted at the stations.
Staff will not convert media or finalize projects in the absence of the content owner. Visitors must be present at all times while projects are digitizing and/or rendering.
The conditions of the film need to be sufficient and clear for digitizing. We cannot restore damaged film, we are not conservationists.
Patrons are responsible for handling and digitizing their own materials. Russell Library is not responsible for loss or damage to personal property, including digital and or physical property. Reproducing copyrighted materials is a violation of federal copyright law and is not allowed.