When it comes to digitizing media collections, time is not on your side.

Today, the world is undergoing a renaissance for the distribution and consumption of rich media content, yet essentially all of the world’s audiovisual content is at risk. Whether we are talking about brand new born-digital files, or legacy film and tape assets, without a preservation strategy, that content will simply expire. Experience has shown us that no off-the-shelf product meets all of the needs of audiovisual preservation. That is why we are dedicated to offering the most professional and comprehensive solutions to the challenges of preserving and accessing media collections.

The fact is there are more tapes in the world than there are machines available to transfer them. Content that exists only on magnetic tape is facing a game of musical chairs. When all of the decks of a given format are worn out and that content is lost forever.

We have acquired and maintained a large collection of legacy professional playback decks and systems. Our expert engineers ensure optimal playback of vintage media. We have the capacity for mass migration of nearly all legacy audio or video formats (NTSC or PAL) as well as HD video formats.

Bottom line: you may only get one shot at digitizing your collections. That’s why some of the most respected organizations in the world have entrusted this critical task to us.


Most magnetic tape and film is at the end of its shelf life.

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After a few decades tapes and film start to decompose. Most content on shelves is already at that point.

Film and tape are also difficult to access.

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Content that can’t be seen has little value. Content that can be shared has tremendous value.

In order to survive and to have value, content must be digitized.

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Digital content can be shared and sold. Media files are protected in the same way as business data.

There are more hours of content on the shelf than there is capacity to play back.

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When the equipment is gone, the playback stops. Don’t play musical chairs with your content.



Since 2007, we’ve migrated over 250,000 hours from all over the United States, and from countries as far reaching as Venezuela, Egypt, Tanzania, and Mexico.

As a leader in electronic media services for nearly 30 years, Crawford’s engineering team can inspect and remediate many of these issues. But the longer you wait, the more difficult and less successful remediation will become.

  • Sticky shed syndrome
  • Chemical breakdown/leeching
  • Mold
  • Splices and leader that snap during playback
  • Poor tape wind
  • Physical damage to the shell or case
  • Dust and debris
  • Vinegar syndrome
  • Shrinkage



  • Audiocassette
  • Analog 1/4″ open reel
  • Analog 2″ 24 Track
  • Digital 1/2″ 24 Track DASH
  • Digital 1″ 32 Track PD
  • R-DAT, DA-88
  • Transcription Disc


  • 35mm
  • S35
  • 16mm
  • S16
  • Optical and mag sound

Video & HD

  • BETA (Betacam, BetaSP, BetaSX, DigitBeta, IMX)
  • One-Inch (Type C)
  • U_Matic (3/4″)
  • Two-inch Quad
  • 1/2″ EIAJ open reel
  • D1
  • D2
  • D3
  • D5
  • M1
  • M2
  • Video8, Hi8
  • Betamax
  • VHS formats (VHS, SVHS, DVHS)
  • DCT
  • Mini DV
  • DVCam
  • DVCPro (25 or 50)
  • DVCPro HD
  • HDV

Supported Workflows

  • SAMMA Solos
  • SAMMA Robots
  • Telestream Pipeline HD Encoders
  • Mac Pro workstations with Final Cut Pro and Compressor
  • Avid systems, Media Composer and Pro Tools
  • Digital Rapids SD/SDI encoders
  • Rhozet Carbon Coder Server
  • Telestream Flip Factory HD Server
  • Telestream Episode Workstation
  • FFmpeg installations
  • VLC installations
  • Venice DVS
  • Archimedia Reference Player


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