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5.5 Managing audio and video recordings (Guideline 22)

There are number of issues to consider regarding managing and preserving audio-visual records over time. We have developed guidance on the digitisation of analogue audio and video and on what digital audio and video file formats are suitable for the creation and preservation of audio-visual records.

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Digitisation of analogue audio and video

This section of the guidance covers:

  • The difference between analogue and digital audio and video
  • Advantages of digital over analogue
  • Why digitisation of analogue audio and video recordings may be required
  • Prioritising digitisation of analogue audio and video recordings
  • Managing a digitisation project
  • Digital audio and video file formats
  • Metadata required for the digitisation of analogue recordings
  • ‘Essential characteristics’ of analogue recordings
  • Disposal of analogue source records
  • Preservation of digital files
  • Appendix 1: Case studies regarding the digitisation of analogue audio and video
  • Appendix 2: Outsourcing the digitisation of audio or video

Note: This guidance does not cover the digitisation of photographic film (still or moving images).

Digital audio and video file formats

This section of the guidance covers:

Acknowledgements

State Records would like to thank the following for their assistance in the development of this guidance:

  • Greg Moss, National Film and Sound Archive
  • Robyn Gamble and Catlin Hickie, National Archives of Australia
  • Robert Pymm, Charles Sturt University
  • Emma Scott, Tourism NSW
  • Chalinder Hughes and her team, Department of Services, Technology and Administration.