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Inspiration Lab - Digitization

Learn how to digitize analogue formats such as audio cassettes, old photos, and video recordings using VPL's Inspiration Lab equipment.

Digitization Lab Equipment

The Inspiration Lab is a free place dedicated to digital creativity, collaboration and storytelling. It features high-performance computers, analog-to-digital conversion, sound studios, video editing and self-publishing software. 

The Vancouver Public Library's Inspiration Lab has workstations for digitizing old media:

  • Two VHS to digital conversion stations
  • Two flatbed photo/negative/slide scanning stations (Epson Perfection V700 Photo)
  • One HI8 and 8mm video to digital conversion station (library card required)
  • One audio cassette to digital conversion station

Booking Inspiration Lab Equipment

The Inspiration Lab has specialised software, studio space, and equipment to help you create and experiment with traditional and digital media. Studios, equipment, and computers within the Inspiration Lab are available for booking if you have a library card with the Vancouver Public Library.

The Inspiration Lab is open during regular Central library hours (although the recording studios close half an hour before the rest of the library).

Recording studios, Digitization Stations, and Creation Stations can be booked for maximum of 3 hours per day. Bookings can be made up to two weeks in advance. For more information on booking, please see the booking instructions.

We recommend you begin saving your project or work at least 30 minutes before the end of your session. This is in case you have large files to transfer or you want to burn your work to a disc.