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Digitization Station


 Digitizaton Station

What's Your Story?

We are all about telling stories, and our Digitization Station is a service that aims to help you do just that. Here you can learn to digitize photos, documents, slides, VHS, vinyl records or music cassettes. We'll show you how to use the equipment, and then you work independently to complete your project(s)!

Free with a library card registered at the North Vancouver City Library.



Using the Digitization Station


Step 1: Orientation

In order to use the Digitization Station, you will need to get a brief orientation from our TechConnect staff first - see the "Request an orientation" button below. After that, you can book the station to work independently

Step 2: Make a booking

  1. Review the booking policies (below)
  2. Check the station availability calendar (below)
  3. Fill out a booking request form (below) - give us a 1st choice date, and a backup just in case
  4. We will get back to you within 24 hours. Please note that your booking is not confirmed until you hear back from us!

Step 3: Arriving for your Booking

Check in at the 3rd floor desk with 1 piece of photo ID (and your library card, if you haven't pre-booked). If you are more than 10 minutes late for your booking it will be cancelled, and the timeslot opened to other customers.



Digitization Station Booking Information


COVID-19 Booking Policies:

  • Capacity is limited to 1 person in the room
  • Only1 booking per day allowed for the station, so a booking may take the full amount of time available that day
  • One booking per person per week, maximum
  • The station is available during regular library hours, with 1 hour at the beginning and end of the day reserved for cleaning

General Booking Policies:

  • Must be 10 years of age or older, or in high school. Those under 13 or not yet in high school must be accompanied by a parent or guardian
  • Book up to 1 month in advance
  • No more than 4 upcoming bookings in the system at one time



What Formats Can Be Digitized?

  • Audio cassette tapes
  • Audio CDs
  • Camcorder tapes, 8mm and MiniDV
  • DVDs
  • Photo negatives
  • Photos up to 8 x 11
  • Slides, 35mm
  • VHS video tapes (NTSC / Region 1 only)
  • Vinyl (33, 45 and 78s)

We also offer a variety of software to help you make your new digital content, and tell the stories they contain; create your family tree, create a digital scrapbook, or even a slideshow or movie from your old photos, slides, and family videos!

We are unfortunately no longer able to offer PAL or SECAM VHS Video Tape digitization. Please consult our Commercial Digitization Services brochure for local businesses that offer service for these formats.

 

digitization equipment

Equipment

  • 27” All-in-One PC with Windows 10
  • Epson Perfection V800 flat-bed scanner with 3.5 photo negative and slide trays
  • VHS player with Elgato Video Capture RCA to USB adapter
  • AudioTechnica USB record player (33, 45 & 78 compatible)
  • Canon ZR65 Mini DV camcorder
  • Sony DCR-TRV350 Digital8 / Hi8 / 8mm camcorder
  • Ion Tape-2-PC cassette player

Software

  • Cassette tape conversion: Ion EZ Vinyl Tape Converter
  • Digital scrapbooking: MyMemories Suite 6
  • Family tree creation: Ancestry.ca Online Family Tree Maker
  • Slideshow and video creation: Windows Movie Maker
  • Vinyl conversion: Audacity
  • Video conversion with Elgato Video Capture System


What Help and Training is Available

During your orientation

TechConnect staff will tailor your orientation to the specific formats that you want to digitize, and go over the basics of any of the creation software that you want to use.

During your booking

Third floor staff can answer basic questions, but it is expected that you will know how to use the equipment and software you need for your project. If you need further help, please book a TechConnect session, or use one of our tutorials below. Note that during the COVID-19 pandemic staff support is limited due to social distancing requirements.



Digitization Tutorials

By Format:

Creative Software


Questions? Email us at techconnect@cnv.org or call 604-998-3471.

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