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    Policies for accepting video works/collecting video works.

    HI!

    The museum I work for has started exhibiting many complicated tech and video works, but doesn't have a policy for the file types of the videos.

    This has become a huge headache for me, the only preparator (and a green one at that), to reformatting them to play on our media players and being unsure about accidentally messing with the resolution.

    Since it is a contemporary institution our curator works with the artists directly most times.
    So it wouldn't be unreasonable, in my opinion, to request a specific file type.

    Is it normal to have a policy about what types of video files an institution accepts? Or collects?
    If so does anyone have an example from their institution?

    Also, I have heard of some fancy new technovision players that play anything right off of an SD card, auto loop and begin play at start-up. Anyone have good or bad experiences with these??? (I am currently using Micca and Lacie players.)

    Hope some of y'all can help me out!

    I am fairly inexperienced in this video realm/ in general.

    thanks thanks thanks.

    E

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    You might get a better answer to your first question on the Registrar's forum: http://www.rcaam.org/Listserv.

    I'm afraid I don't have any experience with media players, but you could also ask on PACCIN's listserv. People check in there more often than the forum: http://www.paccin.org/content.php?110-ListServe

    Jason



    Quote Originally Posted by HYFRitouchart View Post
    HI!

    The museum I work for has started exhibiting many complicated tech and video works, but doesn't have a policy for the file types of the videos.

    This has become a huge headache for me, the only preparator (and a green one at that), to reformatting them to play on our media players and being unsure about accidentally messing with the resolution.

    Since it is a contemporary institution our curator works with the artists directly most times.
    So it wouldn't be unreasonable, in my opinion, to request a specific file type.

    Is it normal to have a policy about what types of video files an institution accepts? Or collects?
    If so does anyone have an example from their institution?

    Also, I have heard of some fancy new technovision players that play anything right off of an SD card, auto loop and begin play at start-up. Anyone have good or bad experiences with these??? (I am currently using Micca and Lacie players.)

    Hope some of y'all can help me out!

    I am fairly inexperienced in this video realm/ in general.

    thanks thanks thanks.

    E
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    Minnesota Historical Society

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