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Mass Productions digitizes over 500 videotapes for MIT

Mass Productions is currently busy digitizing over 500 videotapes for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The archive contains Umatic, Betacam, VHS, and Mini DV videotapes. The 3/4 umatic videotapes go back as far as 1977 and require baking and cleaning before transfer.

The videotapes contain a lot of historic footage of MIT. We restored a 1971 inauguration concert for Jerome Wiesner featuring a live performance by the late Pete Seeger! We are preserving the decaying videotapes to digital video files for archival storage.
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Mass Productions Digitizes videotape archives for Emerson College

Mass Productions recently recovered and digitized very old Umatic and EIAJ videotape reels from the 1970’s for the archives of Emerson College.

The videotapes were in very fragile condition.  Many of the tapes required advanced cleaning and restoration to make them playable for transfer to digital.

Mass Productions also digitized Betacam master videotapes of interviews of Milton Berle, Mikey Rooney, Red Buttons, and Steve Allen.

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Mass Productions 321 audio cassette digitization of Leccos Lemma

Mass Productions recently completed a three year project of restoring and digitizing 321 audio cassette tapes of the Leccos Lemma Boston Hip Hop radio program from the 1980’s.

The Leccos Lemma Radio program was the very first Rap and Hip Hop show on the air.    Several Boston Residents because popular recording artists thanks to this popular Radio Show.

Many of the audio cassette tapes were local Boston rap artists submitting recordings to the program.     The audio cassette tapes were often low quality and in delicate condition.

Mass Productions was able to repair and digitize all of the recordings using the finest audio cassette decks ever made.     Besides digitizing the audio cassettes, Mass Productions photographed the tapes, inserts, and cases.

The archive is held by Umass Boston and will be available online soon!

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Mass Productions Digitizes audio reels and cassettes of Venceremos Brigade

Mass Productions recently digitized audio reels and cassettes from the late 1960’s of the Venceremos Brigade.

The Venceremos Brigade is a politically motivated international organization founded in 1969 by members of the Students for a Democratic Society and officials of the Republic of Cuba.

These recordings featured interviews and demonstrations recorded during Sugar Harvests in Cuba.     The collection also contains recordings of Fidel Castro.

Mass Productions replaced splices on many of the audio reels,   and repaired the delicate audio cassettes before transfer.

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Mass Productions Digitizes Audio Tape Reels for University Of California

The University Of California has chosen Mass Productions to digitize 530 audio tape reels.     The recordings are Jazz Ensemble performances at the Arts media Center.

The sticky audio tape reels will require many hours of incubation before they are safe to playback.      Then the tapes will be carefully converted to audio files to create a digital archive.

Details about the tapes and performances will be gathered as metadata to be imported into the University’s archive database system.

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Mass Productions completes film preservation for Bentley University

Mass Productions has completed digitizing and restoring over 4,000 feet of films for Bentley University.   Some of the films had sprocket damage and color fading, but they were successfully recovered.  The archived films will be used for the college’s 100 year anniversary.  Mass Productions offers High Definition film Preservation of 35mm, 16mm, 8mm, and Super 8mm film.   We can accommodate optical and magnetic sound, and our services include color correction.

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Mass Productions preserves Umatic video archive for Dharma Seed

Mass Productions has completed recovering and digitizing a large video archive for Dharma Seed. 40 VHS tapes, and 93 moldy Umatic 3/4 videotapes were cleaned and preserved to a digital archive. The videos will soon be available online. Moldy videotapes are becoming more prevalent every year. Mass Productions is the only video preservation and digitizing service in Boston that can salvage tapes in this condition.

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Mass Productions completes digitizing videotapes for Brookwood School

Mass Productions recently completed digitizing over 800 videotapes for the Brookwood School in Manchester, MA.   We archived videos to hard drive of school events recorded on VHS, Digital 8mm,  Mini DV, and HDV videotapes. Our client was very happy with the results of our efforts!

“Brookwood School selected Mass Productions to help us with a major video archive project because we were impressed by their level of expertise to handle our project in a timely fashion. We needed to convert about 15 years worth of video tape to digital files. This included at least 5 different kinds of tape used over the years, and some of it required a lot of TLC! Mass Productions did a fantastic job!”-Douglas Fodeman-Director of Technology.

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Mass Productions completes Digital Media Archive for The Charles River Conservancy

Mass Productions recently completed digitizing over 100 VHS, Mini DV, and audio cassette tapes to digital files for the Charles River Conservancy.

These important videos contain the history of the Conservancy.     The videos will be used for research purposes, as well as online access.

“Mass Productions was extremely reliable and professional throughout every stage of the process. They were responsive to all calls and emails, and came on site for pick-ups and deliveries on a timeline that worked with my schedule. The final product was well-organized and high quality.

We are very excited to now have access to so many videos and audio files that we worried were lost to time!”

-Kelsey Kerle-O’Brien, Special Assistant to the President

Charles River Conservancy

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Mass Productions Digitizes Audio Reels for Harvard University

Mass Productions recently completed digitizing 100 audio reels for Harvard University for research purposes.    The tapes dated back to the 1950’s, and contained a lot of hum and hiss.     We digitized the Audio Reels to NARA standards of 96Khz, 24 bit archival audio files, and then spent many hours restoring them to remove the noise.     The cleaned up audio was then saved to separate restoration files.     Harvard was very happy with our timely work and excellent results.

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