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Retro Media Station

Two branches of the Genesee District Library, the Fenton-Winegarden branch and Genesee Valley Center branch, have a Retro Media Station. These stations contain equipment that can be used to digitize certain types of media, such as VHS tapes, audio cassette tapes, film reels and slides. These stations include instructions in how to use the equipment.

To use the Retro Media Stations, you must first speak with the Librarians at these branches. They will help you schedule time when the stations are available for use. These devices will export your digitized file onto either a flash drive or an SD card depending upon which device you use. You should bring an SD card or flash drive with you, as they are not supplied.


VHS Cassette Conversion

Standard sized VHS cassettes can be turned into digital files. Your VHS tape is placed into a VCR, and played back on our ClearClick device that will record sound and audio. In order to convert, the video must be played in real time, meaning it takes as long to convert as it does to watch the actual video. Our device will output your VHS recording to a USB flash drive.

Available at: Fenton-Winegarden and Genesee Valley Center branches.


Audio Cassette Conversion

Standard sized audio cassettes can be turned into digital files. Your audio cassette is placed into a tape player device which plays the cassette and records the audio. In order to convert, the cassette must be played in real time, meaning it takes as long to convert as it does to listen to the entire cassette. Our device will output your audio recording to a USB flash drive.

Available at: Fenton-Winegarden and Genesee Valley Center branches.


Audio Cassette Conversion

The Retro Media Station can turn your physical slides and film into still images. The devices available can convert
35mm/110/126/Super 8 film negatives & 135/126/110 slides into digital JPEG files. Files will be exported to a flash drive.

Available at: Fenton-Winegarden and Genesee Valley Center branches.


8mm and Super 8 Film Conversion

Some types of film are able to be digitized with our equipment. 8mm and Super 8 film must be loaded onto a wheel, and then threaded through the projection machine. The machine creates a small projection that it is able to capture and record.

It takes as long to digitize thee film as it does to play through the entire film reel.

Available at: Fenton-Winegarden and Genesee Valley Center branches.


DVD, Camcorder, and Misc. Conversion

If you have footage on a DVD on a DVD you would like to replicate, or recordings you can only play on a camcorder that you would like to digitize, or another format not covered above, the Retro Station may be able to digitize that as well and output the recording to a USB flash drive.

Available at: Fenton-Winegarden branch.