Vintage Media Lab
Preserve your old photographs, home movies, records and cassettes.
How to Access
- Please fill out the form below and we will contact you to schedule your two-hour appointment slot.
- Each appointment includes a skilled volunteer to assist you. Appointments are limited to a single two-hour appointment per week per person.
- Because space and time in the Vintage Media Lab is limited, we appreciate your cooperation in regard to equipment, storage and cleanliness.
What to Bring
- SD Card, Memory Card
- USB Drive, Flash Drive or Memory Stick
- External Hard Drive
- Your Vintage Media!
Frequently Asked Questions
Everything in the Vintage Media Lab is free to use and was purchased through a Pacific Library Partnership grant in 2019! In other words, the only direct cost to you is the amount of time it takes to finish your digitization project.
Photos slides: 30 slides per minute, or about 1 slide every 2 seconds. Your pre-sorted 80 slide carousel filled to the brim with photos can take as little as 3 minutes from start to finish.
Photo prints: Our Epson FastFoto scanner can batch scan 35 photos at a time and takes about 1 second per photo.
VHS and 8mm Video (Video8/Hi8/Handycam): This happens in real-time. 2 hours of video will take 2 hours to digitized.
Super 8 or 8mm Movie Film: Approximately 35 minutes for a small reel of film (~50ft).
We have an automated slide scanner and DSLR camera rig that makes this a fast and easy process. Follow these 4 steps before visiting the library with your vintage photos to make it even faster and easier.
- Make sure your slides are clean. Dust is the enemy of a good scan, and this is especially true with cardboard slides that have been sitting idle for many years.
- Preload your slide carousels. We recommend 80 slot slide carousel versus 140 slot carousels, which tend to jam our machine.
- Turn your slides so they're horizontal or "landscape" oriented. This is a small extra step but will make sure our camera captures the full image.
- Flip your slides so the "shiny" side of the slide is facing forward. Like #3 before, this is possible to fix later in photo editing software, but getting it right the first time can save you time.