DiJiFi was born in a one-bedroom apartment in Hell’s Kitchen, and quickly grew a large enough customer base to move to a large production facility in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Since then, we’ve grown even further, expanding into editing services, video and audio production, data recovery and digital recovery and through our journey we have digitized important archives like the entire photographic history of the United Nations and Asia Art Archive as well as many more. We provide services to consumers, businesses and organizations alike. And it all starts with knowing where and who we are.
Our studio has grown over the years. In these walls we have transferred over 5,000,000 feet of film, over 3,000,000 photos, and over 400,000 hours of video and audio recordings. And we’re in Brooklyn, which has reinvented itself as the place where old is made new again. In this place, there’s no shortage of people who are passionate about preserving the past. And we’ve built a team of people who do exactly that for our clients every day.
Digitize once, digitize well.
This is our silent chant. Every day we work knowing that these memories will only be digitized once, and we have been trusted to do it well. As you will find around our site, there are many intricacies to the work we do and we will often transfer media twice to be sure we are getting the best result. If a film transfers with a small hair in the corner we notice, and mark it for re-transfer, knowing this could be done better. ‘Good enough’ is simply not.
You can trust us, just ask the Internet.
We operate with 15 full time staff, and there exists in our management and our culture a strong sense of ownership and responsibility to the client and to ourselves. Clients have responded by giving us the strongest reputation online with more reviews than companies many times our size. This motivates us.
These films were very significant to me and I was concerned about handing them over...the staff was lovely and put me at ease.
Long live communication.
When you call you can speak with someone who actually works here and can answer every question. You can write and get a detailed response that doesn’t just gloss over the smaller parts of your question. You can walk in and we’ll go over your order in person, or we’ll pickup and deliver if you’re in Manhattan and Brooklyn and Queens. We serve anyone, anywhere via shipping, with orders of any size.
Video, Audio, Film and Photo of the Past
Old media was stored on paper, film or tape and could not be shared or copied easily. It was static and local. It was difficult to move and expensive to store. There were thousands of formats from 8mm, super 8mm, 35 mm, vhs, beta, umatic helical, reel to reel, cassette, four track, eight track, prints, slides, negatives, minidv, hdv, betamax, LP and on and on… Many video tape standards and even film standards varied by nationality and country of origin and so different players could not play all the different types. There were even high definition and low definition and of varying qualities each generating different quality of images and sounds. This is all gone in the new digital era as major differences are only based on operating standards and codec differences which can easily be bridged if you are technically savy.
Early Digital Revolution
Computing Technology, Internet and Storage
As media formats and standards evolved overtime, the cost of digital has been falling significantly. As this occurred the quality of and ptions for digital capture has increased significantly. This has given our clients lots of options for capture and storage. This has also allowed us to capture old media to higher quality standards. However, while the result of the digital revolutions has been lower cost storage and internet, there has been a significant increase in the size of digital files as we have evolved from 480p (TV quality) to 720p (DVD / SD quality) to 1080p (Blue ray) and now 2k and 4k. The size of digital files as we have been able to capture in higher and higher quality video, audio and photo has meant even larger need for storage and bandwith. At this point, as DVD has become old technology and is being phased out, there are many options for current clients versus in the past. Clients who converted in the past are now converting again as digital evolution means newer formats.
Impact of Digital Revolution on Media Preservation
There have been multiple impacts of the digital revolution on old media preservation. The lessons from Dijifi for you are outlined below to help you in understanding the impact. More important that anything, the amount of video, photo and audio content in todays digital world is enourmous and challenging. When you add your past content such as old video tapes, audio tapes, prints and slides and records and documents to that, it is even more challenging as the volume of digital data is becoming overwhelming. Organizing this material is critical and finding the right tools to do this is even more important. The size of the files are also getting larger and larger. The needs for more data storage and larger bandwith is also increasing.
Blurring of Lines Between Digital and Media
There is a blurring of the lines between technology and media as most things are just becoming digital and you need to be able to utilize software and new technologies to be able to enjoy, preserve and share your media safely and securely. There is no more separation between the music on a cassette or LP, the LP player and the song itself. The medium is the technology and the message itself. This brings a great deal of challenges to the older generation and makes the newer generation less sensitive to history and the past as it all seems just part of the larger messaging and media onslought that is taking over. You need to be tech savy to be media savy as a result.
Lessons for Your in Your Projects for Media Conversion and Preservation
Dijifi – Who We Are
Dijifi has been helping clients in the US for the last 12 years in technology, preservation and restoration. We have worked with many museums, institutions, government agencies, religious institutions, artists, New York City families, families across the country, universities and companies to help them with audio, video, photo, film, slide and print preservation and digitization. We have handled many needs of varying types and sizes and have been doing it right here in Brooklyn, New York. Unlike others we do not outsource to counties outside of the US and abide by the highest standards imposed upon us by New York City regulations. We have strict privacy policies and rules to make sure that your content is not also used for other purposes without your knowledge and hence, we do not use our clients material in our marketing and unlike others do not sell your material to content users.