Preservation Services

Assessment & Preservation Planning | Preservation Transfer Services


ImageThe Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC) is one of the nation’s longest-standing non-profit video and audio preservation organizations. BAVC was and remains a leader in the field, developing the highest quality preservation standards and practices and serving cultural organizations nationally. Established in 1994 with a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and in partnership with the Getty Research Center, BAVC’s program developed practices and services that helped establish the field of video preservation and since then provided critical video preservation services to all sizes of institutions and artists for more than 15 years. BAVC’s Preservation program has received support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, as well as fees-for-service from qualifying member organizations that are subsidized by these funds. BAVC also partners with other institutions on research and development projects related to archival moving image and video preservation, including a digital repository project preserving dance documentation in partnership with Dance Heritage Coalition and the AudioVisual Artifact Atlas, a Wiki project for digital preservation standards and practices established and maintained in conjunction with Stanford Media Preservation Lab and New York University Digital Library Technology Services.

BAVC’s Preservation Department works with museums, artists and cultural institutions around the world to remaster, transfer, and archive seminal creative and historical works on video and audio tape. BAVC’s preservation team has provided services for distinguished arts organizations such as the Human Studies Film Archives of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, the Dance Heritage Coalition, The Kitchen, Video Data Bank, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Fales Library at NYU Special Collections, Walker Arts Center, and San Francisco Ballet among others. BAVC works with cultural, academic, and media organizations large and small to meet a range of needs for securing historically and artistically important video and audio materials.


  • Archival Collection Assessment, Preservation Planning and Cataloging and Metadata Consultation.
  • Cleaning and Archival Transfer Analog Videotape Formats from: 1” Open Reel, 1/2" Open Reel, 3/4" Umatic and UmaticSP, Hi-8, Video8, S-VHS/ VHS, Betamax, MiniDV, DVCam, BetaSP formats. 
  • Archival Transfer to: Digital File (with associated metadata), Digital Betacam, DVD, and other access formats. Optional viewing copies on DVD and other access formats available.
  • Logged documentation of signal imperfection.


BAVC Preservation rates are low because they are subsidized with support from the National Endowment for the Arts, individual donors and others. Please contact Preservation for consultation and pricing. We'll provide you with a preservation scheme that meets your archival needs and budget.

For more information: (415) 558-2158

BAVC Membership is required for all services.