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[AV Media Matters] Best Practices for Video Storage
My institution has recently received two large video collections, mostly
inch tape, from a documentary film maker and a local community access
station. I am researching and trying to come to some conclusions about
appropriate storage for this media. Our stack areas are dark, dry,
and temperature controlled with metal shelving. So I think the basics
covered. I am interested in the pros and cons of different video
methods. Preservation, ease of labeling, ease of retrieval and cost are
Should video tape be stored long term in plastic containers?
Will lack of air in plastic containers prevent off gassing and cause the
tape to deteriorate faster?
If tapes are left in plastic containers what labeling methods are
Is lining up individual tapes (in protective containers) on the shelves
Are multiple tapes stored on edge in archival boxes preferable to lining
tapes on the shelves?
If multiple tapes are stored in archival boxes, should the tapes still
Any suggestions or assistance that anyone can provide will be
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1982 Velma Ave.
Columbus, Ohio 43211-2497
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