This machine, called the U-Matic
, was still too large and expensive for regular home use.
Back to U-Matic
: Applying the Lessons of Future-Proofing
The $281,154 grant will fund a 2-year project to transfer programming--recorded by the archive and dating back to 1968--from three-quarter-inch U-Matic
videotape to MPEG-2 digital video.
A physical copy of all sectors is made into a High Sierra file and mastered directly to a one-off CD-ROM with a CD master, or mastered to 9-track, Exabyte, DAT or U-Matic
Delivery of NOA's Archive Asset Management (AAM) system mediARC will be completed by Q2 2017, and will be used to digitise SMC's 140,000 hours of Betacam, DigiBeta, U-matic
, One Inch, and MiniDV tapes to SMC's enterprise datacentre.
Its complete collection--with works dating from 1920 to 2000 and ranging from artist's films to documentary and educational videos to narrative feature films--was presented for viewing in the exhibition "Reproductive Labour: An exhibition exploring the work of Cinenova." Visitors could choose works from shelves of VHS and U-matic
tapes and DVDs and watch their selections in the dimly lit, editing-suite ambiance of the show.
I could be writing about U-Matic
, Betacam, or a contemporary format such as MiniDV or DVD.
That medium became obsolete in the late 1970s, forcing the Archive to implement a new taping system based on 3/4-inch Sony U-Matic
The reviews came in and the verdict is, "it's a winner!" Going Online for Business sells for $95 and is available in VHS, Beta, or U-Matic