Once Recovery/Restoration occurs formatting the video/audio for viewing is vital rather it is for a large screen TV or the smallest phone. Often the same source files can be encoded in more than one format so those moments can be shared with the widest amount of people.
This is very secure and universal method of distribution. The first players appeared in Japan in November, 1996 and since than there are probably 100’s of millions units worldwide. Although the discs and playback devices look the same, commercial DVD’s are often divided into PAL/NTSC and 8 different regional codes as well as having some form of copy protection All of the DVD’s we create are region free without any copy protection.
Just like their High Definition discs (Blu-Ray) they can be made with custom menus or simply as a play only discs. We usually print on the discs themselves a title plus include a picture derived from the source video
DVD/Blu-Ray after Restoration with Printed Disc complete with Menus and Chapters:
If you have your existing SD (Standard Definition) footage converted to HD (High Definition) distributing as DVD’s while more universal than having Blu-Ray discs made a lot of the increased quality of the up conversion process will be lost. Blu-Ray discs help maintain the not only the much higher resolution of the up-converted footage but also the increased dynamic range in your historical footage. They can be made with custom menus or simply as a play only discs. Great for controlled distribution where on-line options are either not desired or available (slow or non-existence internet).
There are many different small media players that easily handle SD/HD files (Roku, WD, Apple TV, etc.) Each of them has a preferred file format so if we know what player you have we can create your footage to seamlessly play without any compatibilities problems.
On-line video hosting sites ( YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook, etc.) are also excellent ways to distribute your videos so your friends,family and colleagues can view the restored footage. We can make those files exactly in the right format to maintain their highest quality.
Often after recovery/restoration, you may want to combine this historical footage with other source material especially important if you making a documentary. There are so many different codecs/frame rate options, having your footage matching your desired project settings is vital to maintaining it’s quality and accuracy. We would consult with you before the project is started to exactly match your needs.
Archival - Future generations viewing
All current digital/analog videos/files will eventually be unreadable in the future. So any intervention to save those moments must be done as an active and a continuous process. As we approach the EOL (End of Life) of videos made in the latter half of the 20th century we must also keep an eye towards the future. Today many video formats have very few machines capable of reading the information to reconstruct those recorded moments. We are currently in this historical period where most tapes can be recovered/restored and playback machines still exist. As time moves forward this process will become much more difficult and eventually all efforts to revive them, either due to condition of the tapes or the nonexistence of any device to play them back, will fail. There are many different strategies. We are involved on all levels to create the different pathways towards the future. Since every situation is unique we can recommend a strategy from simple migration of data, including some form of cloud backup to more esoteric means of metadata preservation for future generations to reconstruct.