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 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

Get an Orientation with our staff. Orientations are required, and take approximately 45 minutes. Request one by using the form below!

Step 2: Make a booking

  • Check the station availability calendar
  • Fill out a booking request form – give us a 1st choice date, and a backup just in case
  • We’ll get back to you within 24 hours. Please note that your booking is not confirmed until you hear back from us!

Hours & Bookings: Book up to 4 hours per week. No more than 4 bookings in the system at one time. Bookings require 15 minutes buffer before the next booking. The Digitization Station’s regular hours are 9:30 – 8:30 Monday-Friday; 10-4:30 Saturday, and 1:30-4:30 Sundays. Availability may change without notice.

Step 3: Arriving for your Booking

Check in at the 3rd floor desk. You’ll need to present your library card or ID, which you’ll get back when you check out from your booking. If you are more than 10 minutes late for your booking it will be cancelled, and the timeslot opened to other customers.

 
 button, request orientation  button, request a booking

Digitization Station Availability Calendar:

 Booking Info:

  • You must have had an orientation to book the Digitization Station
  • You must be at least 10 years of age, or accompanied by an adult, to use the Digitization Station
  • Please arrive within 10 minutes of your booking time, or it will be automatically cancelled.
  • When you arrive for your booking, make sure you check in with staff. They will need to take your library card and unlock the door for you.
  • Make sure you leave at least 15 minutes at the end of your session for saving your work and transferring to your personal storage device.
  • Also, let staff know when you’re finished working!

What 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

What Hardware and Software Do We Have?

Hardware:

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

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:

 Digitization Instructions

Creative Software


Questions? Email us at techconnect@cnv.org

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