Video Conversion

The equipment contained in the Video Conversion Kit allows for the creation of access copies of VHS and DVD video content, suitable for display on the web for greater visibility, and to minimize the need to handle and play from the original analog format, thus prolonging its life. 


The kit is designed to be used by staff at libraries and cultural heritage organizations that wish to digitize video content stored on VHS tapes and DVDs in order to extend online access to video content held in their collections, and contribute to the Plains to Peaks Collective (PPC) (and by extension the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA)) through the creation of oral history interviews.  It is expected that the oral history interviews created with this equipment will also be made available for sharing through the Stories of Colorado Collection .


  • 1 1” white resource kit binder containing:
    • 1 gold key-shaped USB flash drive containing printable documents
    • 1 binder pouch containing spare AA battery 
  • 1 Clipboard
  • 1 DVD/VHS Player
  • 1 VHS-C Adapter
    • AA battery included
  • Elgato Digital Capture Device
    • RCA Composite Cord
  • 1 1TB External Hard Drive (with case)
    • 1 USB Cord
  • 1 Laptop Computer
    • 1 DC Power Cord
  • Laminated Reference Guide
    • Unpacking & Repacking the Kit


Further Reading

Digital Capture & Digital Video Preservation

Vendor Recommendations for Digital Video Capture & Preservation


  • Examples of Oral History Release Form, Project Participant Form (something that can capture basic biographical info about a person), etc.

Cataloging and Metadata


Metadata Worksheets (XLS)
Includes worksheets for Required and Recommended Fields, Omeka CSV Import, and Generic CSV Import.

Video Conversion Kit Feedback Form (PDF)

Help & Support

General Kit Support

For questions about borrowing, delivery, or return of the kit, contact Kit Support at

Video Conversion Support

For questions or assistance with the use of hardware, software, or documentation found within the Video Conversion Kit, contact:

Amy Hitchner
Metadata and Integration Services Consultant