Digital Video Archiving Tools/Resources


Keeping Personal Digital Video (Library of Congress)

This 1-page brochure provides a series of archiving tips for home digital video.

Transferring Video from Tape, DVD or Camera to Your Computer (Library of Congress Personal Digital Archiving Series)

This 3-page brochure provides instructions as well as visuals to help with the transferring process. It also provides some guidance on storage of videotapes as backups.


Caring for CDs and DVDs (British Library’s┬áNational Preservation Office)

This 18-page online booklet (PDF) addresses a number of detailed questions such as care of physical materials (including optimal conditions in terms of light, temperature, humidity, etc.), but also describes steps to take to counter concerns related to the obsolescence of the materials, including migration.


Iraci, J. (2005). Remedies for deteriorated or damaged modern information carriers. Ottawa, ON: Canadian Conservation Institute (Technical Bulletin No. 27). Retrieved from

Modem information carriers encompass optical discs (CDs and DVDs) and magnetic media such as tapes (audio, video, computer) and disks. These carriers differ from traditional materials in that the information they contain cannot be viewed directly, it can only be accessed by playing the carriers on a machine. And for the carriers to play properly, they must be in relatively good condition. This Technical Bulletin discusses the myriad types of damage that can occur to modem information carriers due to age deterioration, poor storage conditions, or poor handling practices, and presents various remedies to restore these carriers to a playable condition.


Iraci, J. (2002). Disaster Recovery of Modern Information Carriers: Compact Discs, Magnetic Tapes and Magnetic Disks. Ottawa, ON: Canadian Conservation Institute (Technical Bulletin No. 25). Retrieved from:

This bulletin summarizes some procedures for the disaster recovery of modern information carriers such as CDs, magnetic diskettes, and magnetic tapes following immersion in tap water, seawater, and dirty water. Procedures are also given for dealing with media that have hard-to-remove deposits on them or have been exposed to heat, dust/dirt, mould, and shock. These procedures are a compilation of information from the few case histories published, recommendations made by experts in the field, and research performed at the Canadian Conservation Institute. The information in this bulletin represents one piece of a comprehensive disaster plan; for disasters to be handled effectively, other key elements such as those dealing with disaster preparedness also need to be in place.