The Memory Lab has a Sanyo VCR, a Wolverine Film2Digital MovieMaker scanner for converting 8mm film, and a Sony Handycam Vision video camera used to convert Hi8 cassettes.
Note: When digitizing video cassettes, please remember that transferring the content is done in real time. (1 hour of video cassette = 1 hour of transfer time). There is additional processing time needed at set-up and at the end to save your work.
Note: When digitizing 8mm film, digitization is a little slower than real time. A 3-inch reel (approx. 15-20 minutes of film) will take roughly 40 minutes to record. A 5-inch reel (60-80 minutes of film) will take approx. 2 hours.
When saving to USB Drive:
When saving or moving files on a USB device, please note that the FAT32 file system (likely the default on your USB Drive) won’t accept files larger than 4GB (about 1 hour of captured video.) The USB will have to be formatted to exFAT to accept larger files. The process is easy, but reformatting a USB drive will wipe off all the data, so either come with a new drive, or be prepared to move your files off the drive and back onto it when reformatting it.
To format your USB drive to exFAT on a computer in the Memory Lab:
- Connect your USB to the computer.
- Click on the File Explorer menu. (The little folder icon at the bottom of your computer screen)
- On the left of the screen, right-click on your REMOVABLE DISK.
- Click on FORMAT.
- Pick exFAT (instead of FAT32).
- Click START and then, OKAY.