Heritage Studio

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Heritage Studio of Community Memory

Interact, preserve, and discover local history at the Heritage Studio of Community Memory

Visit to use a variety of digitization equipment to convert old photos, videos, and audio recordings into easily shareable digital formats. Additionally, the Heritage Studio is home to extensive collections of local and Florida history and genealogy resources to help you learn about the past.


Heritage Map


The Heritage Studio has limited operating hours. Digitization stations are only available during Heritage Studio operating hours.

Monday 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Thursday 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Friday 12:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Saturday 12:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Sunday 12:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

NOTE: Please see the Reference Desk on the 3rd floor for access to materials in the Genealogy and Local History Collections when the Studio is closed.

Digitization Stations & Equipment

The Heritage Studio offers equipment at digitization stations that support digitizing a variety of vintage formats.

Photo & Print Station

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Photo & Document Batch Scanner

Quickly scan printed photographs or documents in batches.

  • Model: Epson FastFoto FF-640
  • Scanning Resolution: 600 dpi
  • Scan single or double-sided.
  • Paper size Minimum: 2" x 2"; Maximum: 8.5" x 120"
  • User Manual

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Transparency & Negative Flatbed Scanner

Scan medium and large-format transparencies and negatives - either mounted or unmounted.

  • Model: Epson Perfection V800
  • 8" x 10" transparency unit (built into lid)
  • Four film holders: 35mm negatives, 35mm slides, 6 x 20cm and 4" x 5"
  • Maximum Resolution: 12,800 x 12,800 dpi
  • User Manual

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Negative Strip & 35mm Slide Scanner

Scan individual photo negatives and slides with the press of a button using our dedicated film scanner.

  • Model: Plustek OpticFilm 8100
  • Maximum optical resolution: 7200 dpi
  • Scan modes:
    • Color: 48-bit input, 24/48-bit output
    • Grayscale: 16-bit input, 8/16-bit output
    • B/W: 1-bit
  • Learn More About the Scanner

Flatbed Book Scanner

Flatbed Book Scanner

Scan books, documents, and images at high resolution.

  • Model:  Plustek OpticBook 300
  • A unique scanner design that eliminates spine shadows
  • Maximum scanning area: 12" x 17", A3
  • Optical resolution: 600 dpi
  • Hardware resolution: 600 x 1200 dpi
  • Learn More About the Scanner

Large Format Scanning Station

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Large Format Overhead Scanner

Large Format Overhead Scanner

Originals up to A1+, such as books, magazines, posters, folders or bound documents of all kinds can be digitized by the Bookeye 4 V1A at high speed and up to a resolution of 600 dpi.

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The Video Station allows users to record video/audio outputs from a VHS player and a variety of camcorders to a computer.

NOTE: All video digitization takes place in REAL-TIME: you must watch every hour and minute you want recorded. Video transfer is a one-to-one process.

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VHS Cassettes

Transfer your VHS memories onto a flash drive, or burn onto a DVD, to share with family and friends. DVD's can also be played and recorded. 

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hi8 Cassettes

Record your hi8 camcorder tapes to digital formats.

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miniDV Cassettes

Record your miniDV camcorder tapes to digital formats.

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Compact VHS (VHS-C) Cassettes

Record your compact VHS (VHS-C) camcorder tapes to digital formats.

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Betamax Cassettes

Record your betamax cassettes to digital formats.

  • Equipment: Sony SL-HF2000 Super Beta HiFi VCR>
  • User Manual

8mm, Super 8, and 16mm Film Stations

Three projection stations are available to transfer 8mm, Super 8, and 16mm films onto SD cards.

NOTE: All film digitization takes place in REAL-TIME: you must watch every hour and minute you want recorded. Video transfer is a one-to-one process.

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16 mm Film

Transfer your silent and audio 16 mm film reels to digital.

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Super 8 Film

Transfer your Super 8 with and without audio reels to digital (both single and dual track audio).

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Regular 8 mm Film

Transfer your silent 8mm and silent Super 8 film reels to digital.

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Audio Cassette to Digital Converter

Convert your old mix tapes and favorite albums that are still on audio cassette.

  • Model: ION Audio Tape 2 PC
  • Quickly transfer music on your tapes to MP3 format on your computer
  • Metal and CrO2 tape selector
  • User Guide

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Vinyl LP to Digital Converter

Enjoy your vinyl records and convert them to
digital music files on your computer.

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Reel-to-Reel Audio

Transfer your quarter inch ree-to-reel audio tapes to digital.

  • Model: Pioneer RT-707 (Refurbished)
  • Design is 4-head, 3-motor, 2-speed (19/9.5 cm/sec), auto reverse (playback only), continuous play with pitch controllable AC Servo Direct Drive capstan.
  • Format is quarter inch, 4-track, 2-channel stereo.
  • Reel size: up to 7 inch reel
  • Tape speeds: 3 3⁄4 and 7 1⁄2 ips
  • User Manual
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Transfer voice and other recordings from microcassettes.

Studio Guidelines

General Policies

  • Users must adhere to Maker Studios Terms of Use, the Library Code of Conduct, and all federal, state and local laws.
  • Library cards are not needed to use the Heritage Studio and digitization stations. Walk-ins are welcome.
  • Users under 16 years must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.
  • No food or drink is permitted in the Heritage Studio.
  • Maximum occupancy: 102 people.
    • Digitization Stations are limited to one (1) user at a time.
  • The digitization stations are designed to be self-service.
    • Proficiency in using computers is required.
    • Users are encouraged to learn by practicing.
    • Staff is available for consultations and training during open hours.
  • Patrons digitize media at their own risk.

Using the Equipment

  • Additional accessories for equipment are available upon request (such as cleaning supplies and adapters).
  • Files must be saved before the end of the Studio session. It’s recommended to save frequently.
    • Patrons must bring their own large-capacity storage drives, SD cards, writable DVDs, etc. to save their work.
    • All files saved to the library’s computers will be erased after each session, or upon restarting the computer.
  • Users must bring their own headphones for working with sound, this includes audio for video.
  • If the equipment does not appear to work, please bring to the attention of staff. Do not attempt to fix.

 Digitizing Video and Audio

  • Digitizing video and audio happens in real-time and at a one-to-one rate: every minute played is a minute recorded.
    • It’s recommended that video recordings be limited to 1 hour increments to keep file size manageable.
    • For estimation: 1 hour of video = 1 GB of storage
  • Video and Audio can be recorded in several formats. Please review equipment guides, or ask staff for details.
    • By default the Video Station's Elgato software records video as MPEG-4.
  • Video and audio editing is encouraged to happen in the Innovation Studio, on the 3rd floor.

 Reservation Policies and Procedures

  • Digitization stations may be reserved in the Heritage Studio:
    • Stations are reserved individually.
    • Only one digitization station can be reserved and used at a time per patron.
    • There is a standard limit of one reservation per station, per day, per patron. Staff may override.
  • Heritage Studio digitization station sessions are 2 hours in length.
    • Sessions include any digitization, post-production and wrap-up time.
    • Sessions may be extended if no other reservation exists upon the approval of staff.
  • Patrons may reserve time during library’s established Studio operating hours:
    • Mon. 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Tue. 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Wed. 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Thu. 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Fri. 12:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m, Sat. 12:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m., and Sun. 12:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
  • Patrons may reserve Studio Station time online or by contacting staff:
    • Reserve online: www.myclearwaterlibrary.com | Call: 727-562-4970
    • Online reservations must be made four (4) days in advance. Please call to make same-day reservations or to confirm availability for drop-in use.
  • Studio sessions may be reserved up to two months in advance or on a walk-up basis, if available.
    • Stations require a login: online and phone reservations will use the LAST name submitted as login.
  • Users must arrive within 15 minutes after a reservation’s start time. After 15 minutes, the reservation will be cancelled. Reservation times will not be extended for late arrivals.

 Programs, Classes, and Workshops

  • Participation in Maker Studio programs may be restricted by age, skill level, and equipment limitations; registration may be required for such programs.