Multimedia & Digitization


The Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship is composed of different types of workstations, each with its own features and capabilities. For general word processing and Internet access there are workstations located throughout the library as well as the laptop kiosk.

High end machines generally used for:

High end machines generally used:

  • Audio/Video Digitization
  • Audio/Video Editing
  • Audio/Video Post Production/Authoring
  • 3D Modeling & Animation
  • Photogrammetry
  • VR Production

Medium end machines generally used for:

  • Scanning
  • Website Development
  • Desktop Publishing
  • Presentation Development
  • Image Editing (Photoshop/Illustrator)

Medium end machines generally used for:

  • Viewing and Scanning of Microfilm and Microfiche

A monitor and headphone adapter (no computer) for the ability to watch:

  • DVD (NTSC & PAL - any region)
  • Blu-ray

Digitization Hardware

At the Freedman Center patrons can digitize or request to have digitized materials from almost any consumer format from the past 100 years. Hardware is available at stations for CWRU patron use.  Please use your CaseID to checkout a station key at the KSL Service Desk or contact us to talk about your projects and needs so that we may better assist you.

What can you digitize?

For Audio/Visual materials you can digitize from the following sources. A/V capture is a real-time process, so if a video is 1 hour long it will take 1 hour to “play” into the computer. If something isn’t listed let us know!

Step by Step Instructions on our Audio Capture LibGuide

  • Audio Cassettes
  • Micro Cassettes
  • MiniDisks
  • Records (33, 45, & 78)
  • 8-track Tapes Premium Service
  • Open Reel (reel 2 reel) Premium Service
  • Wire Recording Premium Service

Step by Step Instructions on our Video Capture LibGuide

  • VHS Tapes (NTSC, PAL, & SECAM)
  • Betmax (Regular and Super)
  • 8mm Video (Regular, High 8, Digital 8)
  • Super VHS
  • VHS-C
  • Laserdisk
  • DVD (NTSC & PAL - any region)
  • Blue-ray
  • MiniDV & FullSizeDV (NTSC & PAL)
  • HD MiniDV
  • uMatic
  • 8mm & Super 8mm Film (silent) Premium Service
  • 16mm Film (sound or silent) Premium Service

Step by step instructions on our Scanning LibGuide

  • Flatbed Scanners
    • Regular (8.5x11”)
    • Medium Format (12x17”)
    • Book Edge Flatbed Scanning (for books up to 12x17”)
    • Large Format (36”x52”) Premium Service by Appointment
  • Slide & Negative Scanning
    • Medium Format
    • 35mm
    • Strip Film
    • APS cartridges
    • Large Format Transparencies (on a flatbed)
  • Sheet Fed Scanner

While most activities in the Freedman Center are free and self-service, The Freedman Center offers several fee-based Premium Services digitization services. Under certain conditions we can perform the process of digitization of analog media for you.

Note: Creative services, such as cropping and enhancing scanned material, are not available. Our expert staff however, is happy to assist in guiding you through the process of performing these processes yourself.

Copyright restrictions

Only non-commercial media will be accepted for Premium Services. The Freedman Center will not digitize material that is commercial, either in full or excerpt (even when fair-use might apply). If you are looking to digitize copyrighted material with permission from the copyright holder, please contact to a manager to coordinate.

Optional Premium Services

As The Freedman Center is a self-service center, almost all digitization can be done by patrons in the center (with the exception of the aforementioned Specialty Premium Services). However, some patrons don’t have the time or inclination to digitize their own materials. For these situation we offer Optional Premium Services. These are services that you could do yourself but you just don’t want to.

These include the digitization of all types of video tapes (VHS, VHS-C, Betamax, uMatic, 8mm, High 8mm, Digital 8mm, MiniDV, and DV tapes), audio tapes, and slides and films.

Specialty Premium Services

Due to the delicate nature of certain types of media (and also the equipment used to digitize), some items can only be scanned by expert staff in a specialized digitization lab. Specifically this would be the digitization of 8mm film, super 8mm film, 16mm film (with or without sound), and open reel audio, large format scanning (up to 36”x52”), book scanning, and bulk slide scanning.


Exact pricing is available through consultation only. When preparing materials for a quote, it is highly advisable that ALL materials are assembled for digitization, the bigger the job the better the quote. Bring the entire corpus. For very large files, patrons must also provide a hard drive and for smaller files Google Drive works fine.

All Premium Services carry a $10.00 minimum. For a formal quote please drop your materials at the Freedman Center. A manager will need time to review your materials before a final cost and time to completion can be determined. Please allow 1-2 business days for this process. Generally, these services are only available to members of the campus community.

A rough guide to our pricing is found on our Premium Services LibGuide.

We accept checks, CaseCash, departmental SpeedTypes, and credit cards.

For more information contact the Freedman Center at 216-368-0932 or by emailing

Multimedia Software

The Freedman Center has many types of media editing, creation, manipulation, post-production, and authoring tools. A complete listing can be found on our Software LibGuide. The list is always growing and we do take recommendations.