Where to Convert Your Old Media Formats in Rochester, MN
Do you have an old VHS tape that holds memories galore? Good news, you can now convert those to a more modern media format so you can keep those memories forever!
I'm going to age myself, but whatevs. I have one tape that I would LOVE to convert. It's from 7th grade at a basketball tourney when I made a half court shot. My coach was able to get the tape and labeled it "The Shot." I still have it in my memories tote and have been dying to show it to my kiddo, but I don't have a VHS player.
If you're like me, I have awesome news. There's a place where you can convert your old media. Not just tapes either. You can also convert old film.
It's called the Convert-O-Lab (COL). A self-service collection of equipment for digitizing older media formats so they can be preserved and enjoyed today. And it's available to use for free at the Rochester Public Library.
So what type of formats can you convert?
- VHS / VHS-C (smaller version of VHS)
- SVHS / SVHS-C (smaller version of SVHS)
- Hi8, Digital 8, Video 8 (used in camcorders)
- MiniDV (used in Sony MiniDV camcorders)
- Slide film
- Film negatives
- Images up to 12" x 17"
- Rapid scanning of smaller photographs
You do need to reserve the space in advance and you can do so by going to their website OR by calling them at 507-328-2309. You can reserve up to 2 hours a day.
They do recommend that you bring a flash drive, portable hard drive or SD card to save your digitized files. No other formats are supported.
TIME TRAVEL! Take a trip back to Downtown Rochester in 2005
Gallery Credit: Andy Brownell