Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.
This Is Auburn Auburn University Libraries LibGuides

Library Preservation: Audio/Video/Film Preservation


Videotape is fragile—subject to damage and deterioration from exposure to poor environmental conditions and inadequate handling practices. Even if properly cared for, magnetic tape may last for only a few decades.

Motion Picture Film

Motion picture film can be polyester-based, nitrate-based, or acetate-based.  Film preservation can be problematic, and it is best to inform youself before making any decisions.

Film and Video Preservation Links

Film and Video Preservation and Transfer Professionals

Libraries and archives are often called with inquiries regarding film/videotape transfer services.  Many professional services are available for transferring your film and videotape to digital format.    Auburn University Libraries does not offer film and video conversion services and cannot make recommendations for commercial services.   

Subject Guide

Profile Photo
Greg Schmidt
RBD Library -Ground Floor
Special Collections and Archives
(334) 844-1736