This past Monday, we premiered our newest project, NCTV Rewind! In the name of history, we’re working our way through our analog archive and converting a TON of tapes to a digital format. Tapes degrade over time so we’re fighting against the clock and working to save as much as we can for years to come. Our conversions are happening on our fairly new “Dub Rack” which has multiple formats and a digital converter so we can go from any format (mini-dv, VHS, and DVC Pro) to DVD and/or digital. Quick shout-out to one of our board members, Alvaro Tobar, for helping us put this rack together a few months back.
We’ve already uncovered some incredible videos and can’t wait to share them with you! This week’s features included a YMCA parody from 1996, HOD school skating trip from 2009, popular series Beat Me With a Broomhandle from summer 1996, Silver Set Gazette from 2009, and Basic Baking from 1990. Trust me, there are MANY more amazing videos just waiting to be transferred!
During this process, we’re documenting as much information about the tapes as possible and turning that into an elaborate spreadsheet with names, topics, dates, and whatever else we can glean from the video or tape label.
The videos are going to all be uploaded to their very own NCTV Rewind YouTube channel as well as play on our station and be stored safely on a RAID hard drive in our office. Subscribe to the new channel and/or like our Facebook page to check out each week’s throwback Thursday!
The project has had help from many volunteers already, and we’re hoping even more volunteers will be willing to spend some time watching and cataloging videos to share with our community.
Do you have tapes of your own that have something to do with a Norfolk event, show, or history in some way? We’ll transfer your tapes FOR FREE so we can each have a digital copy to hang on to and show to our beloved community.
Help us share these dusty beauties with the world one tape at a time!