Digitizing Video

Duplication - DVD creation - Digitizing Video

Please note that we can only duplicate material for which the copyright has been cleared.

Contact us at:
ems@engr.wisc.edu or 263-3163

How can you get video footage into your computer, iPod, or the web?
It needs to be digitized into a file format that the computer can read.


We can convert your footage or record your live presentation and produce a file that meets your requirements. The best place to start this process is at the end. Decide what your desired end use will be for these files, and we can work back from there. There are many variables to the process and each affects the final product. We are here to make recommendations and help with your decisions to get the files you need.

File Types - There are many types of files, what will work depends on your project requirement. Some of the popular formats are AVI, Quicktime, Flash, Real Video, and MPEG. These files can be made into various screen sizes and compression ratios as well.
Please note that video from a DVD won't play in PowerPoint, unless it is converted into an acceptable format.

Video Master Formats – We can digitize from any master format on the list. Charges vary depending upon the project.

Common terms to help you with decisions with Wiki links
Resolution (Screen Size): Viewable size of video, usually expressed in pixels (320x240, 480x360...)

Bitrate: Is the amount of data allowed to change each second. A higher bitrate will usually look better, but it will make the files larger.

Codec: This is the "format" used to encode and digitize the video (MPEG, H.264, Cinepak,...). You will need a player that has a compatible codec to play the file back.

Digitizing: The process of converting from analog to digital.

Video: More information on video formats.

Compression: Compressing video creates smaller files. You are looking for a balance between, compression, file size, and good looking video.