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Inspiration Lab - Digitization   Tags: conversion, digitization, inspiration_lab  

Learn how to digitize analogue formats such as audio cassettes, old photos, and video recordings using VPL's Inspiration Lab equipment.
Last Updated: Dec 15, 2016 URL: http://guides.vpl.ca/digitization Print Guide RSS Updates

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Saving Your Work While in the Inspiration Lab

Make sure you have an external storage device or have access to cloud storage large enough to hold your saved projects when you come to the Inspiration Lab. It is recommend that your USB Drive be formatted to exFAT if you will be creating and moving files individually larger than 4GB.

When working in the Recording Studios, it is important to give yourself enough time to exit the workstation 10 minutes before your booked time ends. The Inspiration Lab staff need time to prepare the space for the next booking.

For large projects such as digitizing video and audio, the transfer occurs in real time. After the real time recording, additional time is needed to save the files. Depending on your project length saving and burning your project to a disc can take between 5 to 15 minutes.

See the General Technology Skills guide for more information on this.


Wiping your Data When Done

Allow time before the end of your booking for large file transfers. This may take 30 (or more) minutes.

After saving your files on your USB (recommended), external hard drive, or cloud storage, and you are sure you have saved your work, use the “Delete All Work Files” icon on the desktop to ensure that your files and personal information are erased before the next person uses the computer.

To clear your infromation, double click the icon, then confirm by clicking "yes".


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 full 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.



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