INF431 Preservation of Audiovisual Materials (8)


The subject focuses on preservation requirements for audiovisual materials, both analogue and digital. Methods for identifying different moving image and sound materials are explored, as are measures for determining deterioration characteristics, both active and passive. Storage and handling practices such as risk and vault management are also discussed. Digitisation processes for audiovisual materials are covered and an introduction to digital preservation is provided. Ethics, professional practice, handling, occupational health and safety considerations and standards are integrated into all aspects of the subject.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
OnlineWagga Wagga Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: INF431
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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Information Studies

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • explain how and why different audiovisual objects came into being
  • distinguish different audiovisual objects from one another
  • explain why audiovisual objects deteriorate and be able to recognise the type and extent of deterioration
  • implement emergency preparedness and disaster management practices
  • implement appropriate preservation and storage methods including digitisation for various types of audiovisual media
  • identify and describe approaches for duplicating audio and video materials
  • demonstrate awareness of principles for managing digital audiovisual objects


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Audiovisual preservation in context
  • Storage and security
  • Ongoing collection management and transport of audiovisual materials
  • Emergency preparedness and disaster management
  • Audiovisual media
  • Human perception of audio and motion
  • Magnetic tape
  • Audio - history and technology
  • Video
  • Film
  • Duplication of audio and moving image
  • Digital audiovisual management and preservation


The information contained in the 2017 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 25 August 2017. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.