List of open workflows and resources for A/V archiving
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List of open workflows and resources for A/V archiving. Please contribute!

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Sibling repositories: analog-inspection && time-based-media-art



Transfer stations and digitization labs




  • AEO-Light 2: Open source optical sound extraction software.
  • Audacity: Free open source digital audio workstation. Supports recording and editing of audio.
  • Audiogrep: Transcribes audio files and then creates "audio supercuts" based on search phrases. It uses CMU Pocketsphinx for speech-to-text and pydub to stitch things together.
  • Aurora: Aurora is a Django web application that can receive, virus check and validate transfers of digital archival records, and allows archivists to appraise and accession those records.
  • BWF MetaEdit: Allows the embedding of BWF metadata in WAV files.
  • ClairMeta: a python package for Digital Cinema Package (DCP) probing and checking.
  • Digital Media Log: A Rails app that uses ArchivesSpace's API to quickly inventory digital media items and log disk imaging.
  • DCP-o-matic: A free, open-source program to create digital cinema packages (DCPs) from videos, images, sound and subtitle files.
  • ExifTool: A Perl library plus a command-line application for reading, writing and editing meta information in a wide variety of files, with a focus on still image file formats.
  • forced-alignment-tools: A collection of links and notes on forced alignment tools.
  • iromlab: Loader software for automated imaging of optical media with Nimbie disc robot.
  • TheKeep: A repository-based Django web application for managing digital surrogates or "masters" of archival (and other) source materials.
  • MediaConch: Tool for quickly creating and comparing policies for digital media to ensure compliance with chosen standards.
  • MediaInfo: Essential tool for quick analysis of A/V file metadata.
  • QCTools: Enables extensive analysis of digitized video for quality control purposes.
  • Videogrep: Searches through dialog in video files (using .srt subtitle tracks or pocketsphinx transcriptions) and makes supercuts based on what it finds.
  • vrecord: Open source tool for analog video digitization. Includes a variety of virtual scopes. Requires a computer running a recent macOS and Blackmagic hardware.
  • XLD: Tool for lossless transcoding of various audio formats. Useful for error free CD ripping.


  • ARSC Guide: "The ARSC Guide to Audio Preservation is a practical introduction to caring for and preserving audio collections. It is aimed at individuals and institutions that have recorded sound collections but lack the expertise in one or more areas to preserve them."
  • Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS): Guide to DACS, a commonly used set of rules for the description of archival materials.
  • IASA Publications: Comprehensive works by the International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives (IASA). TC-03 Safeguarding the Audio Heritage: Ethics, Principles and Preservation Strategy, TC-04 Guidelines on the Production and Preservation of Digital Audio Objects, TC-05 Handling and Storage of Audio and Video Carriers.
  • Sound Directions: An overview of audio preservation and digitization workflows developed at Harvard and Indiana University. Includes examples of BWF metadata profiles.
  • The Video Guide: Good primary source for analog video and related technology. Originally published in 1981, permission was granted by author for free access/distribution.