Film and Image Services began the project to preserve our endangered videotapes several years ago. This project is currently on hold due to lack of staff.
CalArts Institute Archives Moving Image Collection
Slated first for preservation were the videotapes within the CalArts Institute Archives Moving Image Collection that includes CalArts events, visiting artist and filmmaker lectures, and other institutional history. Digital Bedrock manages the long term digital preservation of these files.
Access DVDs were created and may be viewed in-house by students and other researchers, or checked out by faculty and staff. Streaming files are not available currently.
School of Film/Video Moving Image Collection
Slated second for preservation were the School of Film/Video Moving Image Collection of digital betacam masters, and videotapes of student and faculty work, visiting filmmakers’ lectures, and other screening event compilations. Some access DVDs are available. Streaming files are not available.
Also slated for preservation, when possible, are School of Film/Video student film prints, and other rare film prints in the collection; School of Dance performances on videotape; and other rare and unique videotapes of films and performances that are Library owned, but not in distribution or available for purchase.
The Moving Image Collections film print recan project is more than half completed. This film conservation project was started with the assistance of a National Endowment for the Humanities Preservation Assistance Grant for Smaller Institutions in 2008. Throughout the years, when funds allowed for additional staff and additional archival film cans, this project has made slow but steady process.