The Changing Format of Video

April 18, 2014

Image of CD on top of VHS Tape with film pulled out

Did you know that manufacturers are no longer making VCRs? Although many technology classrooms include the ability to play a VHS tape, the format is now a legacy technology. Find out what you can do today to preserve your media and ensure you can play your content tomorrow.

If you have media on VHS tape, here are some options for viewing and finding alternative source material.

Request that the Library purchase or produce a digital copy of the video

This is a good long term solution for VHS tapes that are available on DVD or Blu-ray.

If the video is not already available in digital format, the Library is, in certain circumstances, able to copy the video to a computer file or disk, or work with the faculty member to find other solutions. This is a good long term solution for VHS videos that are NOT available on DVD or Blu-ray.

Contact the Media Resources Center in Moffitt Library 1st Floor to make an appointment. Email avmccirc@library.berkeley.edu

Reserve a Group Viewing Room in the Library

There are viewing rooms in the library that seat up to 49 people and are equipped to play media on VHS (e.g. small run documentaries) Reserve a Group Viewing Room here.

Checkout a portable VCR from ETS

As ETS refreshes the general assignment classrooms and upgrades the equipment to HD, VCRs will no longer be available. If your classroom does not have a VCR installed, you can check one out from Classroom Technology Services. Requests can be made online here.

Compiling video clips

The Library can also help you compile digital clips for easy use in the classroom. Summer is a good time for converting materials, so email the Media Resources Center to set up your appointment as soon as possible.

Instructors interested in making their own clips should be careful not to exceed 10% of a film in the clips to minimize copyright liability.

    Contact the Media Resources Center in Moffitt Library 1st Floor to make an appointment to convert your media. Email avmccirc@library.berkeley.edu