The Video Collection

Magnetic tape to DVD and HDD
Preserve YOUR videos in our archive

Videodigitalization is processed from U-Matic Low Band and High Band, Betacam as well as S-VHS and VHS.

Timebase correction is used if neccessary

Analog video is converted into DVD format and prepared to save on our large hard disk array

The foundation's internal gigabit network streams video to the connected network computers

The harddisk array has a capacity of more than 36 Terabyte.

"Preservation for Future Dance Research"

Apart from dance notations, video in analog or digital format is the most important documentation medium for dance. The movements are together with music and scenography. Also, the choreographers own comments in interviews or introductions are extremely valuable.

The video collection of the Carina Ari Library consists of great classical and modern ballets with a variety of stars, originating from the internatianal contests »Grand Prix Carina Ari«, a long-standing event conducted by the Foundations. The library is even taking care of considerable parts of the footage filmed by the German photographer and dance expert Ulrich Tegeder.

Tegeder Umatic videotapes
Digitalized Tegeder U-matic video tape collection

The library is equipped with a variety of video machines of different formats, e.g. U-Matic, DVD, VHS (Pal, NTSC), S-VHS, Betacam SP and DVC Pro.

Video digitalization

In 2006, a project to preserve video material to future dance research was launched. Since then, thousands of old magnetic video tapes have been digitalized and saved in a catalog with a fulltext search and play function. The files are stored on a large network hard disk array, which is continously expanded.

Carina Ari also helps other institutions with their digitalization. In 2008, we digitalized the most valuable tapes from the Swedish Folk Dance Archive and since 2010, Dansens Hus uses our technical resources for their material.


The video footage can be viewed by researchers at the libraries accomodations in Stockholm. For questions and appointment times, please contact the Foundation's office.


If you are a choreographer you are welcome to place your recorded works in the Carina Ari video collection. With your permission, this material can be viewed by researchers. The library does not hand out any copyright protected material to third parties.

Video Database
Video database, video player in the intranet

We want to help you preserve your work for future dance research.

If you own a collection of rare and valuable dance videos, the Carina Ari Foundations may offer you the possibility to get your collection digitized and placed in the archive of the Carina Ari Video Collection.

How will your work be archived?
If your material is on magnetic tape (e.g. VHS, Betacam, U-matic), it will be digitized to DVD-format and stored on a hard disk array.
If your material already is in digital format, we will copy the digital files on our hard disk array.
Then we will feed the meta information about the material (choreographer, dancers, director, year etc.) into a searchable database, which makes it possible to create an electronic catalogue based on your collection/material.
We digitize your collection both in order to preserve and to make it available to future dance research.

What does this cost?
If you let us incorporate your films in the Carina Ari Video archive, you will not be charged for the work if you are a private choreographer or a dancer.
If you represent an institution (company, organization, theatre), we will have to discuss how to split the costs. Outsourcing of the digitizing work will give you the benefit of our know-how, our machines and the continuously updated long time storage.
You will be able to receive a copy of your digitized and catalogued collection for your own use, e.g. on a USB hard disk. This cost will be charged.

How will the material be available?
We do not hand out any copyright protected material to third parties. In principle, the video footage can be viewed only for research purpose at the Carina Ari Library in Stockholm.

Viewings are possible with a monitor or with a beamer. The catalogue research application is available through local network computers, allowing full text search and simultaneous viewing of resulting videos.

As a copyright owner, you can by consultation with us arrange viewings, or request copies on demand (against a handling charge).

Carina Ari Foundations are willing to discuss conditions with you if we find that your dance videos have an importance for the dance research. The Carina Ari Foundations reserve the right to decide what films will be incorporated in the Carina Ari Video Collection.
Contact for further information.