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Machines [machines]

Datavideo 300-TBC Time Base Corrector [TBC]

Panasonic AG-1980 Desktop Editor [VHS deck]

Blackmagic UltraStudio Express converter [converter]

Tinitron PVM-14M2U Monitor [monitor]

Gigaware VHS-C videocassette adapter

TEAC W-890R MKII Double Auto Reverse Cassette Deck [tape deck]

Sabrent 1.44MB External 2X Floppy Disk Drive [3.5" floppy drive]

Epson 11000XL scanner [scanner]

Apple i Mac (Retina 5k, 27" Display, 1 TB Fusion Drive, 32GB, 3.5 GHz Intel Core i5, Yosemite OSX) [i Mac]

CFR2136 36U AV Rack [rack]

Sony DSR-40 DVCAM / DV / MiniDV VTR Player/Recorder [DV deck]

Memorex 8x Slim DCD Mutli-Format Recorder External [external disk drive]

Dell Latitude E5410 (Windows 7 Professional) [Dell]

Sony SL-HF1000 Betamax Videocassette Recorder [Betamax deck]

APC Back-UPS 550V [UPS]

Maxell HP/NC-II Noise Cancellation Headphone [headphones]


Cleaning Supplies

Cleaning Supplies

Clorox Wipes

KIMTECH Kimwipes

Microflex XCEED 3 mil Nitrile Gloves Medium

Assorted Foam Swabs

Pressurized air duster




BlackMagic Media Express [video]

Handbrake [video]

MetaZ [video]

Quicktime Player [video]

Audacity [audio]

Burn [CD/DVD sharing]

Epson Scan 

TextEdit [floppies]


Odds and ends

Odds and ends

1/4" headphone adapter jack

cable internet connection

S-video cords

composite cords

RCA audio cables

1/8 Stereo Male Mini Plug to 2 Female RCA Jack Adapter Audio

power strip

2 tables

2 chairs


dry erase board

A/V testing & demo kit (includes miniDV, VHS-C, VHS, floppy, 3 35mm slides, DVD-RWs)

Curtains (1974 New York Times microfilm strips, copper wire, suction cups, painters tape)



Purchase. We purchased around 70% of our equipment and supplies for roughly $12,000. We did not purchase any software separately.

Loan. The Dance Heritage Coalition heard about the Memory Lab and gave us some of their equipment. We actively use 20% of their equipment in the lab, including the Tinitron monitor and Betamax player. The rest is kept in storage in the event of the [inevitable] machine failure.

Library equipment. Being in the central branch of our library system, there were some things we already had including tables and chairs, the Dell laptop, cable internet connection, and the 1/4" headphone jack adapter.


Running costs

The running cost of the lab consists of staffing to assist patrons in the space and re-stocking cleaning supplies. In the future it will include the cost of machine repairs but we don't have an estimate for that at this point.


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