About the MIRC-DVR


MIRC is excited to announce a new home for our online video repository! To improve and increase access to our materials, MIRC’s streaming content is now available through the University Libraries’ Digital Collections portal. The current MIRC DVR will be accessible until November 1st 2020, but we encourage patrons to update bookmarks and links prior to that date to avoid interruptions. Have questions or need help navigating the new site? Please contact us at mirc@mailbox.sc.edu.



The Moving Image Research Collections Digital Video Repository (MIRC-DVR) serves MIRC's preservation and access missions. It aims to engage researchers from all walks of life in the process of discovering, enjoying, and contributing to knowledge about the sounds and images it contains—all without adding wear and tear to the fragile originals in MIRC's care.

When initial development is complete, the MIRC-DVR will be an OAIS compliant, trusted digital repository for very high definition digital surrogates of rare archival film elements. The MIRC-DVR also provides free online public access to lower resolution copies of archival film and video.

Development Timeline

  • 1980 - The University Libraries launch a pioneering effort to create a computerized catalog for the Fox Movietone News Collection using software originally designed for medical professionals. The records created provide basic metadata incorporated into the MIRC-DVR.
  • 1997 - The University Libraries explore IBM's Cube technology to encode digital video.
  • 2006 - The University Libraries design a tiered storage and online access environment for digitized versions of the archival film housed in the Newsfilm Library. Funding does not materialize.
  • 2009 - To acknowledge the increased scope of its holdings, the Newsfilm Library is reorganized as Moving Image Research Collections. Senior University administration instigates a new round of planning to digitize the Fox Movietone News Collection.
  • 2011 (Spring) - Limited internal funding is secured to support the creation of a pilot repository project. The planning team identifies and procures a package of hardware, open source software, and software development services. It sets a schedule to implement the repository in two phases. In phase one, the team will develop the basic content model architecture, conform metadata to the current pbCore standard, and provide broad access to a representative range of sample videos. In phase two, the project will implement crowd-sourcing for added metadata, social media connectivity, and a range of reporting and storage-layer enhancements.
  • 2011 (Fall) - The University team begins working with Discovery Garden to implement phase one.
  • 2012 (Summer) - MIRC-DVR becomes publicly available and work begins on improving the initial implementation.
  • 2013 (Summer) - Second phase of development complete: Islandora 7, MyVideo functionality, Handle identifiers, and workflow improvements.

Technologies and Partners

  • MIRC-DVR employs the award-wining Islandora open source framework to manage and serve digital assets.
  • MIRC-DVR employs scalable storage using GlusterFS from RedHat.