What is Archive Retrieval?
Many institutions such as hospitals, schools, colleges, and government agencies have libraries or archives of recorded magnetic media such as reel-to-reel tapes, cassettes, and other obsolete formats of video recordings from decades ago. These types of recording mediums tend to deteriorate over time.
A secondary problem is that as technology progresses, the hardware that produced this information becomes obsolete, and the material recorded becomes difficult, if not impossible, to reproduce in-house.
Audio/Video tape conditions
Even under optimal storage conditions, magnetic media
has a shelf life measured in a relatively brief decade, or two at most.
Once the lubricant is gone, as the tape passes through the machine, oxide containing the recorded information begins to flake off. Valuable information gets lost and the tape heads become clogged.
Depending on the composition of the substrate and the
If the substrate becomes brittle it may be too delicate to make the bends necessary to complete threading in the machine without disintegrating.
For material that has been stored for many years, another consideration is availability of machinery to play back recorded material. This is especially important for material that may have been recorded on such obsolete formats as reel-to-reel audio and reel-to-real video in a variety of incompatible proprietary formats, all popular in the '60's and 70's.
Over the years, Audio Video Recovery Systems has nurtured
many obsolete and unique format devices. We have developed conservation
techniques to recover and transfer these endangered recordings to current
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