About The Australian Television Archive |
Last updated on 13 July 2006 at 10:26:14 UTC
|What is the "Australian Television Archive"?
The Australian Television Archive is an
unincorporated, non-profit venture created by
James Paterson. The aims of the Archive are:|
In order to help achieve these aims, James (with the help of
Tom Bozic) has created an Internet
presence for the Archive, as a
means of not only "getting the message across" and providing a valuable source of information on
archiving issues but to provide
to the public access to a variety of multimedia clips in the form of an
"online museum". It must be made perfectly clear that the online museum is NOT the Archive
as a whole, rather, a small sample of it.
Where do you find the material and how do you preserve it?
Material is donated from various sources and formats - a majority of the
material comes from visitors to the site. Unfortunately the television
networks and programme makers themselves are usually not at all keen to
assist with the Archive at all.Videotape was never invented as a long-term storage format and recordings
will gradually deteriorate over time. Over the years many and varied formats
of videotape have been invented; not all of these are interchangeable with
other machines, with each format having special playback requirements. As the
older formats become outdated and obsolete, the machines are discarded in favour
of newer technology, which makes it extremely hard to recover the older recordings
because the machines to play them back on are simply not known to exist!This is another area where the Archive specialises - within the Archive we
have a collection of equally historic and vintage television and videotape
equipment not only for museum display but for recovering early material.Read our Archivist's Reference Manual section to learn more
about how material is preserved.I think I may have some old tapes somewhere, would they be of interest to the Archive?
Yes! A bulk of the Archive's material has come from personal donations of
home "off the air" recordings. However it must be understood
that we cannot purchase items, they must be donated. We are, however,
more than happy to supply you with preservation copies in return.Can I buy material from you?
No, unfortunately not, due to copyright laws this would be illegal and as
such all work done is on a not-for-profit basis.What formats can you transfer/recover material from?
Just about any format! Some examples:
- To heighten public awareness of the importance of preserving our television
heritage, in particular that of Australia - not many people realise how much of Australia's
television heritage is being, or has already been, lost.
- To uncover and preserve what material is still left.
- To present some of the uncovered and preserved material to the public.
Many other formats are also available - please contact for further details,
chances are we can transfer it!
- 3/4" Umatic (high and low band)
- 1" open reel Video
- 1/2" open reel Video
- EIAJ or "J" Format
- 16mm and 8mm Film