The Texas Film Round-Up provides FREE digitization for Texas-related films and videotapes in exchange for the donation of a digital copy of the materials to TexasArchive.org. A partnership between the Texas Archive of the Moving Image (TAMI) and the Texas Film Commission, this program has served thousands of individuals, businesses, and cultural institutions since 2008.
Steps for participating in the 2021 Texas Film Round-Up
Please complete and submit this online registration form. If you need assistance with the online form or need a paper version mailed to you, please contact us at 512-485-3073 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pack your films and videotapes for mailing to TAMI. Make sure you're following the program's requirements, and please include a printed copy of your signed registration form.
Mail your package to TAMI by Saturday, October 30, 2021 and use this form to send TAMI the information about your shipment: your unique Submission ID, Tracking ID, and carrier. TAMI will confirm receipt of your package.
If you would prefer to drop-off your materials, please see the drop-off instructions below.
Once your materials have been digitized, we will follow up regarding your Portable Drive to store your digital files. Once received, TAMI will mail your drive with the digital files and all of the original film and videotape materials to you. Please note, due to high demand, this entire process can take as long as a year.
Dropping Off Instead of Mailing In
If you'd prefer not to mail your materials, you can drop your films and videos off at TAMI's offices at 3908 Avenue B in Austin, Texas on the following days:
- Saturday, Oct. 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Wednesday, Oct. 27 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
To help us, we ask you to prepare the following:
1. Pack your films & videotapes and your signed registration form in a box. Use more than one box, if needed.
2. Label the box(es) with your first and last name.
3. Place the box(es) in your trunk or back seat for TAMI staff to retrieve safely.
4. When you arrive, use the alley on 39th Street between Guadalupe St and Avenue B to pull up to the back of the building (see below map). Text 512-485-3073 upon arrival, and a TAMI staff person will meet you at your car to retrieve your collection.
Review the program requirements detailed in the sections below:
Why digitizing films and videotapes is important
Film and videotapes are fragile and impermanent, they were not meant to last. They are susceptible to heat and humidity, two staples of Texas’ climate, and can decompose at very rapid rates meaning the history held in those frames are lost forever. Many film and videotape collections have been lost to hurricanes, floods, other natural disasters, and simple neglect.
Transferring films and videotapes to a digital format is the best way to preserve the content long after the original medium has deteriorated. The benefits of digitization include the ability to: migrate to new digital formats as needed, create multiple copies that you can store in different places, and view the videos on your computer without putting wear and tear on the originals.
Types of film and video productions accepted
The program welcomes all kinds of production types, including:
|Amateur films||Itinerant films|
|Educational films||Promotional films|
|Home movies||Student films|
To qualify, your films and videotapes must
- be any of the following formats:
- Film: Super 8, 8mm, 16mm
- Video: VHS, VHS-C, S-VHS, Betacam SP / SX, Betamax, Digibeta,
½" Open Reel, ¾" U-matic tapes, 8mm tapes, and MiniDV cassettes
- relate to the history and culture of Texas because they were filmed in Texas, filmed by a Texan, or featured Texas or Texans,
- be in the public domain or submitted by the copyright holder, who grants permission for the content to be shared by TAMI, and
- up to 50 film reels* and 10 videotapes per household.
*The program limit is up to 50 film reels or 3,500 feet of film (whichever is less) and/or 10 videotapes (with up to 5 of those being VHS).
TAMI's services for the program include
- inventory your films and videotapes,
- provide minor cleaning and repairs, if necessary,
- digitize the materials,
- transfer digital files to a portable drive that you provide, and
- return your originals with the portable drive. *TAMI will follow up with what hard drive size you will need.
Portable drive for your collection
Once your collection has been digitized, we will follow up with the size of the portable drive you will need to purchase. TAMI recommends USB 3.0 portable drives due to their optimal transfer speeds.
- You can purchase a new portable drive and ship it to our office. Be sure to include your name with the shipment.
Texas Archive of the Moving Image, 3908 Avenue B, Suite 105, Austin, TX 78751.
- You may purchase a new portable drive from us. We offer USB 3.0 drives in a range of sizes, listed below with prices. To purchase, please contact us at 512-485-3073 or email@example.com.
If you purchase more than one portable drive, the cost for additional transfers is $15 each.
TAMI regrets that it cannot accept
- any format not mentioned above, including open reel video or audiotape,
- copyrighted material (i.e., programs recorded from television or commercial films),
- videos made for insurance purposes, nor
- film or videotape deemed in too poor condition for safe transfer.
If your materials are not eligible for the free digitization program, we can advise you on preservation and digitization options. Please contact us for more information at 512-485-3073 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
What if my films were already transferred to videotape?
Regardless if your films were transferred to videotape years ago, we can assist you. If they meet the qualifications for the free digitization program, TAMI can digitize these materials for you. We highly encourage using the original films rather than the videotape copies. The quality of your digitized materials will be much improved.
What if I have digital files of previous transfers?
You can submit previously digitized films and videotapes as well as born-digital files for potential inclusion in TexasArchive.org here.
Need more information?
Feel free to contact us at 512-485-3073 or email@example.com.