Our team ready to help with media conversion servicesUniversity Libraries Media Services can reproduce a variety of analog and digital media formats for academic, promotional or personal use.* Using our versatile toolset, we can copy media, edit clips, encode web files and convert between many old and new formats, including audio/video tapes, discs, and file formats of all kinds. Color disc printing and bulk duplication are available.

Whether you’re affiliated with the University of Colorado, a business or non-profit community organization, or you need help with a personal project, we may be able to help you. Contact us if you have any questions call us at 303-735-2681 or email MediaServices@colorado.edu.

Duplication / Conversion

The following descriptions will help you identify the type and method of media digitization or conversion that best fits your request. Corresponding prices are listed in the sections below.

Video Tape to Digital File or DVD

Convert and encode any supported video format (tape, disc or file) to a digital file format or DVD for use in presentations, editing applications, web publishing, or download to mobile devices. Common file formats are MP4, M4V, QuickTime (.MOV), WMV and AVI.

Motion Picture Film Digitalization

Digitize 8mm, Super 8mm, 16mm, and 35mm motion picture reel film to Uncompressed, ProRes, and MP4 formats.

Audio Tape to Digital File or CD

Convert and encode any supported audio format (tape, disc or file) to a digital file format for use in presentations, editing applications, web publishing, download to mobile devices (iPhone, Blackberry, iPod, etc). Common file formats are AAC, MP3, AIFF and WAV.

File Conversion

Convert any audio or video file to another format for compatibility with editing, web upload, or playback applications.

Custom DVD Menu

Include a customized DVD menu that displays each chapter, clip or program break that you wish to create. You must first preview the videocassette or DVD to identify the precise start and end times for each break. The DVD menu is accessible from your remote control or media player.

Foreign Region Video Conversion (PAL/SECAM/MESACAM to NTSC)

Convert a foreign region VHS tape or DVD to a digital file or DVD that can be played on equipment in North and South America (NTSC). Or, vice versa, convert an American DVD or VHS tape to a foreign region format (PAL/SECAM). Due to the difference between formats, the original disc menu usually can’t be retained during conversion.

Video Clip Editing

Create a video file or slideshow containing multiple clips or images. Clips can be compiled and edited from tapes, discs, camera media, and video files.

Audiotape and Phonograph Record (33/45/78 rpm) 

Create a “mix” combining multiple audio tracks or songs on a CD or as a digital file. The mix can be compiled from audiocassette, reel tape, photograph record, CD or other audio sources.

Single Disc Copy (Audio and Video)

Duplicate a single copy of a CD or DVD. Direct disc-to-disc duplication may not be possible for some types of audio and video discs. In this case, real-time transfer will be required and normal audio or video conversion pricing will apply.

Multiple Copies and Bulk Duplication
Reproduce multiple copies of any supported video, audio or data format—in small or large quantities—to CD or DVD. You provide the master, or we can create the master for you using one of the above methods.

Streaming Media Services

Submitting Videos and Audio items for Conversion and Upload to Kaltura Streaming Server

CU Boulder faculty members may submit requests at the Norlin Library Circulation Desk to have library, and personal video and audio items prepared for Canvas course streaming. For a modest fee, Libraries Media Services will convert the items to streaming files and upload them to the Kaltura streaming server where the faculty can access and link them to their Canvas courses.

Assistance with Setting up Video and Audio Files in Canvas

Libraries Media Services will upload the converted streaming files to the Course Reserves/Canvas folder on the Kaltura server within 3 to 10 days after submission, depending on the current backlog. For assistance with linking files to their Canvas courses, faculty members can contact Learning Technology at OIT.

OIT has also provided instructions for how to search and add Kaltura media to a course. 

Streaming Media Request Forms

The required Streaming Video and Audio Request Forms are available at the Norlin Circulation Desk or may be downloaded here:

Streaming Video Request Form
Streaming Audio Conversion Request Form

The Circulation staff will pull DVDs from the Libraries’ collection in Norlin Library and request items that may be held offsite or are currently checked out.

Copyright Acknowledgment: Faculty members are required to sign the Copyright Acknowledgment statement on the back side of the Streaming Media Request Form.

Streaming Video Conversion and Upload Fees

Fee per individual video program or clip for conversion to a streaming file:

  • 1-30 minutes, $6.00
  • 31-60 minutes, $12.00
  • 61-90 minutes, $18.00
  • 91-120+ minutes, $24.00 (Maximum per single video program on a DVD or tape:  $24.00)

Please note that a “single video program” also refers to a part, episode or volume contained in a multiple disc or tape set.

Streaming Audio Conversion and Upload Fees

CD Tracks or Digital Files

  • $2.00 per audio track or digital file (mp3, WAV, etc.)
  • $5.00 minimum per faculty request
  • $24.00 maximum charge for all tracks on a single CD*

*Please note that each disc in a multiple CD set is charged separately

Audiocassettes, Reel Tapes and Phonodiscs/Phonograph Records

  • $4.00 per song track (if digitized separately)
  • $15.00 per capture of multiple songs/tracks in a single file (i.e. without track breaks)
  • $10.00 minimum per faculty request
  • $36.00 maximum per tape, cassette, or phonodisc/phonograph record

Funding and Acceptable Methods of Payment for Streaming Conversion Fees

Faculty members may consult their department administration regarding possible funding support to cover the Libraries’ streaming media conversion and upload fees. To ensure timely processing of your request, please enter an authorized department “speedtype” account number in the space provided at the top of the Video or Audio Streaming Request Form.

Streaming requests submitted at the Norlin Library Circulation desk must indicate one of the following payment methods at the top of the request form before they can be accepted:

  • An approved department speedtype number
  • Payment by credit card or personal check will be accepted at the time of pickup of your completed order at the Circulation desk

Receipts for Fee Payments

Departments receive automatic electronic notification of speedtype payment transactions. Requests for additional receipts may be directed to Mee Chang in the Circulation Accounting office: Mee.Chang@Colorado.EDU

Pickup of Personal Video Items

After Media Services has completed the conversion and upload of the streaming videos, the faculty member will be notified if any personal items are ready to be picked up at the Circulation Desk.

Copying to Blank Media or Online Delivery

Media Services provides the blank media for all customer orders. To ensure consistent and reliable results, we use only the highest quality blank disc and tape media recommended by the industry for stable copying and compatibility with most players and disc printing systems.

Instead of copying your media files to CD, DVD or tape formats, consider the versatility and convenience of portable USB. If you do not submit a personal flash drive, Media Services will add $4 - $6 to your order for a 4GB or 8GB flash drive from our own stock.

Keep in mind that uncompressed and ProRes video files may require as much as 64 – 128 GB of storage capacity, depending on program time lengths. For files, such as MP4, compressed for the web or portable devices, a drive with a minimum 4 GB storage capacity is recommended.

Disc Title Printing

We print your title information and any graphic images, in color, directly to the CD or DVD disc face. We’ll provide a suitable background theme from our image library or you can submit your own jpeg image to include on the printed disc.

Common Uses

  • Create a customized DVD, CD, or digital file containing selected clips or tracks needed for class assignments or instruction
  • Reproduce multiple copies of informational and promotional programs for distribution
  • Digitally convert and preserve aging or obsolete video, film, and audio formats, including cassettes, reel-to-reel tapes, motion picture film reels, and phonograph records
  • Transfer camcorder footage from tape or memory card media to DVD or other digital format
  • Create custom music compilations from multiple tapes, discs and source files
  • Convert PAL and SECAM foreign video formats to the American NTSC standard
  • Convert and encode audio or video for Internet use (web video, podcasts, live streaming, etc.)
  • Convert audio and video to a format that the customer can edit in applications such as iMovie, Final Cut, Windows Movie Maker, Avid and Adobe Premier

Supported Formats


  • DVD
  • Blu-ray disc 
  • S-VHS
  • Hi8, Video8, Digital8
  • Mini DV, DVCAM, HDV
  • Laserdisc
  • Video CD (VCD)
  • Betacam SP
  • Digital Betacam
  • Betamax (I, II, III)
  • ¾” U-Matic
  • Flash memory cards (CF, SD, etc.)

Video Files

  • Most common and pro formats
  • QuickTime (MOV) – Uncompressed, ProRes, MPEG-4
  • MP4
  • AVI
  • WMV


  • Standard audiocassette
  • Reel-to-reel tape (3 ¾”, 7 ½”, 10”)
  • Phonograph Records (33/45/78 rpm)
  • CD

Audio Files

  • Most common and pro formats
  • MP3
  • M4A
  • AAC
  • WAV
  • AIFF
  • WMA

Data and Images

  • Customer-provided Flash and external drives (external drives must be formatted for Mac or exFAT)
  • USB
  • FireWire
  • Thunderbolt
  • CF
  • SD
  • CD
  • DVD
  • Blu-ray Disc

File formats of all kinds: JPEG, TIFF, PDF

Campus Orders

Submit your original items and a completed Request Form to the Circulation Desk in Norlin Library. For complex or bulk duplication requests, please contact us before submitting your order.

  • Video Conversion Request Form
  • Audio Conversion Request Form
  • Motion Picture Film Digitization Request Form
  • Streaming Audio Request Form
  • Streaming Video Request Form

Submit payment by one of the acceptable methods:

  • Authorized SpeedType Account Number (preferred method because no paper invoice is required) – submit with request
  • Authorized Interdepartmental Invoice (IN) – submit with request
  • University ACARD – when you pick up completed order
  • Personal Credit Card – when you pick up completed order
  • Personal Check or Money Order – when you pick up completed order

Pick up your completed order at the Norlin Library Circulation Desk. Turnaround time depends on our current backlog and the size or complexity of your order – usually two to five days for most orders.

Off-Campus Orders

Although our service primarily supports academic activities on the CU Boulder campus, we do accept off-campus requests that comply with copyright law.

Customers may submit their orders in person at the Circulation Desk in Norlin Library. Or, please contact us to arrange mail delivery.

Email: MediaServices@colorado.edu 

Phone: 303-492-2816

Expect additional shipping and handling costs and longer turnaround times for mail order requests.

Price List

Coming soon.

*Customers will be required to sign a Copyright Acknowledgement Statement when submitting their duplication or reformatting request. It reads as follows:

I, the person making this duplication request, understand and agree to the following copyright restrictions: Under certain conditions specified by U.S. copyright law (Title 17, U.S. code), libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a copy or reproduction. One of these conditions is that the reproduction is not to be “used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship or research.” If the user makes a request for, or later uses, a reproduction for purposes in excess of “fair use,” that user may be liable for copyright infringement.  Excluding content for which I am the legal copyright holder, I understand that reproduction of copyrighted content is acceptable for non-commercial use only.

The University Libraries reserves the right to refuse a reproduction request if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the request would violate Copyright. Copyrighted materials obtained from other lending libraries or rental companies are not acceptable for duplication. Duplication of copyrighted content is acceptable only for temporary, non-commercial use, in connection with or creation of curriculum materials, private study, classroom or course reserve use. Any further use, reproduction, or distribution of copyrighted items is strictly prohibited. The Libraries will notify you if your request can’t be fulfilled due to copyright restrictions.