Washington, DC: Video Preservation Specialist, Smithsonian Libraries & Archives

Job Opening Title: Video Preservation Specialist

Employer Name: Smithsonian Libraries and Archives, Audiovisual Media Preservation Initiative

Job Location: Washington, DC

Application Deadline: 07/26/2022

Salary Range: $61,947 – $80,532

Link to job posting: https://www.usajobs.gov/job/664875800

Years of experience required:

Job Description (if URL to posting not available). Please include instructions for how to apply.: The Audiovisual Media Preservation Initiative (AVMPI) is a new, centralized program that supports the preservation needs of audio, video, and film collections found across the Smithsonian Institution. In order to stem the tide of irreparable loss, the initiative is focusing on five main goals to enhance the public’s access to the Institution’s audiovisual collections: facility development, collection prioritization, workflow development, increased digital infrastructure, and innovative accessibility solutions.

To support these goals, the Video Preservation Specialist will:

– Be responsible for performing the digitization of a variety of videotape formats using tape playback decks and Smithsonian-approved capture software.
– Handle collection materials appropriately and carefully, ensuring no damage occurs during the digitization process.
– Ensure technical transfer metadata was successfully embedded into the files and deliver final preservation master files to SI staff in accordance with AVMPI’s workflows.
– Perform periodic quality control checks on videotape decks to ensure they are in proper working order, and calibrate decks as needed.
– Inspect technical elements (such as chroma, luma, and signal synchronization) of digitized video files and ensure that elements are within broadcast range.
– Review the file for errors that may have been introduced during transfer and inspects all digital surrogates for compliance with AVMPI preservation standards.
– Organize workflow efficiently to maximize production and adhere to digitization workflow requirements, adjusting for special circumstances when necessary.
– Ensure files are ingested into the Smithsonian’s Digital Asset Management system (DAMS) within a timely manner and conduct integrity checks on the files ingested.

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