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Folkstreams Guide to Best Practices in Film Digitization

The Folkstreams project has two goals. One is to build a national preserve of hard-to-find documentary films about American folk or roots cultures. The other is to give the films renewed life by digitizing them and making them available on the project's website, www.folkstreams.net The films selected for the project by the Folkstreams committee were created by independent filmmakers during a time of prolific documentary filmmaking - one that began in the 1960s, and was made possible by the development of portable cameras and the capacity for synchronizing audio and video. These films focus on the culture, stories, and crafts of otherwise-unnoticed Americans from many different regions and communities.

Uses DigiBeta for preservation, MPEG4 and Real for access. It received copies on MiniDV. A MOV with DV codec is created between the digital master and the access copy.

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