UNT Library Converting Home Movies to Digital for Free Saturday

Anyone has a chance to get those old home movies turned into a modern, more usable medium and help preserve North Texas history this weekend.

The University of North Texas Libraries are offering to digitize any format of old home movies on Saturday, April 30, for free in Denton.

Librarians will offer the service at the Willis Library and they say they are prepared for any format of video or picture for old slides to film and even Beta tape; though some of the longer film may have to be sent to Austin and then returned to the user once it's all been converted.

Folks will then receive a copy of their video on a digital format for easier use.

Plus that video will be stored online as well.

In exchange for the free service, library leaders are also asking that they be allowed to add the footage to the online Portal to Texas History archive.

"What we're trying to do is preserve more amateur media history," said digital librarian Laura Treat.

The Portal holds video and images from many different sources, including the old archives of NBC 5.

Treat hopes the home movies section can add to the account of family life throughout the ages in Texas and maybe even unearth something very rare.

Treat also encourages people to bring old advertisements, ticket stubs or other items that could be scanned into the archive to help tell the stories of North Texas and especially of Denton County.

The Spotlight on North Texas event runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Willis Library Forum (first floor, room 140).

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