The Reclamation Station, located in the Redfern Genealogical Research Center at the Centennial Library, has equipment capable of digitizing older and increasingly unusable formats to more common file types. This equipment is aimed at helping the community preserve personal and local history to share with new generations.
Use of the Reclamation Station is subject to the Genealogy Policies. Users must be 16 years of age or accompanied by an adult 18 years of age or older. Please note that conversion time occurs in "real time," meaning that two hours of video will take two hours to process in addition to the 20-30 minutes the file will need to save onto a disk or drive. Be prepared to remain present at all times during the reservation.
Users must bring their own portable media storage -- such as a USB drive, SD card, external drive, or CD-R(W) -- on which to transfer digitized files. The library does not provide or sell these materials.
Equipment Available For:
Slides and Negatives
This scanner will save 35mm (photo film & Archive), 127, 126, 110, APS Slides & Negatives, 8mm and Super 8 frames as JPEGs. It will save to SD/SDHC memory card up to 32 GB or a device that will connect through the USB port. Conversion of this media happens in real time. Be prepared to stay with your material to monitor the process.
This scanner uses a feeder as part of the scanning process. It will not accept Polaroid, self-processed, sticky or torn and wrinkled photographs. The photographs must be smaller than 8x10 inches and no thicker than 0.011 inch.
8mm Film Reels
Our reel scanner will convert Super 8 or 8 mm film to MP4 files. It will save to a SD/SDHC memory card up to 32 GB. Film reels need to be 5 inches in diameter or smaller. Conversion of this media happens in real time. Be prepared to stay with your material to monitor the process.
VHS and VHS-C
This machine will convert a VHS tape to a DVD-R or DVD-RW disk. Adapters are available for the small camcorder cassettes. Conversion of this media happens in real time. Be prepared to stay with your material to monitor the process. The tape can also be converted to digital onsite. It will connect to the computer through the USB port.
Video capturing formats: MPEG 4/2/1
Still image capturing: JPG or BMP
This scanner will convert audio cassette tapes to .wav files. If you want .mp3 files you will need to convert the .wav files to .mp3. Conversion of this media happens in real time. Be prepared to stay with your material to monitor the process.
3.5" Floppy Disks
This floppy disk drive accepts disks with a physical size of 3.5" (89 mm) and a maximum capacity of 1.44MB. This floppy disk drive connects to our computer via USB 2.0.
An 8mm camcorder is available to digitize 8mm cassettes to digital onsite. It will connect to the computer through the USB port. Conversion of this media happens in real time. Be prepared to stay with your material to monitor the process. Video capturing formats: MPEG 4/2/1 formats. Still image capturing: JPG or BMP formats.
Conditions of Use
Please read the full conditions of use prior to reserving a session. Usage of the Reclamation Station requires that the user:
- Be at least 16 years of age. Younger users are welcome to use the Station with an accompanying adult 18+.
- Be present at all times during the reservation. Converting is ‘real time’ so if it’s a 2-hour VHS, it will take 2 hours, not including the time it takes to burn a file to DVD (about 20-30 minutes per hour of video).
- Fill out form and leave a photo ID or library card with staff for the duration of the reservation.
- Abide by copyright laws. The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. The person using this equipment is responsible for any infringement.
- Understand that any files left on the Station computer will be deleted once your reservation ends.
- Agree that if your project includes sound, headphones (yours or those provided) must be used at all times.
- Meet with a staff person before and after the reservation time to determine the condition of the equipment.
- Agree to put equipment away 30 minutes before the Library closes.
- Accept full financial responsibility for equipment and agree to pay all costs associated with damage beyond normal wear and tear or loss of equipment and computer while in use, whether caused by inappropriate use or negligence.
- Please bring your own portable media storage such as a USB drive, SD card, external hard drive, or writable (W or RW) CDs or DVDs.