Convert your archives into a digital format at Pirkkala Main Library

Old VHS tapes and narrow-gauge films deteriorate over time, lowering their quality. At Pirkkala Main Library, you can convert them into a digital format, thus preserving precious memories. Click here for more information on materials that can be digitised (link to sections Digitisation station X, narrow-gauge film station, VHS).

Pirkkala Main Library has three digitisation stations (digitisation station x, narrow-gauge station and VHS to DVD) which can be reserved via the online Ebooking system.

Please note that digitising does not improve video or audio quality. Any video or audio interference present in the original material will be transferred over to the digital copy.

To use the digitisation stations, you will need a PIKI library card. When using the digitisation stations for the first time, you will be provided with instruction on how to use the equipment and asked to sign a terms of use form. The digitisation stations cannot be used without accepting and signing the terms of use. Digitisation is free of charge, but you will need to provide your own storage media (external hard drive, memory stick or blank DVD).

Digitisation station X

•File editing using Audacity, Photoshop 8 and Premiere Elements

•Digitisation of film negatives, slides and paper images

•Digitisation of VHS, VHS-C, betamax, 8 mm video cassettes and cassette tapes

•Digitisation using the library’s MiniDV cameras. If you bring your own MiniDV camera, please makes sure to bring all the necessary cables as well.

•Digitisation cannot be sped up, meaning that digitising a two-hour film will take two hours, for example

•The digital copy can be saved to an external hard drive, USB memory stick or DVD

 

Narrow-gauge film station

•Digitisation of 8 mm narrow-gauge film. You can only transfer video, not audio, from narrow-gauge film.

•File editing using Audacity, Photoshop 8 and Premiere Elements

•The digital copy can be saved to an external hard drive, USB memory stick or DVD

•Digitisation is carried out at 1/3 speed and cannot be sped up

 

VHS to DVD station

•File editing is not possible on this station

•The station is located in the library’s reading room, which is a quiet space

•The digital copy is saved to your own DVD

•Digitisation cannot be sped up, meaning that digitising a two-hour film will take two hours, for example