Skip directly to content

Covering Your Assets

The Digital Moving Image Archives (DMIA) guide is designed for independent filmmakers to provide basic information about preserving digital data and to encourage collaboration with moving image archives.


The DMIA guide is a cost-effective plan based on archival best-practices for personal digital preservation. Rather than focus on individual file formats or specific “archival standard” formats (which don’t exist), the purpose is to provide a road map for digital survival.


The DMIA primarily addresses born-digital moving image data – audio and video created using digital equipment. The strategies discussed can be applied to any multimedia or computer-generated digital data, and to analog film or tape that is transformed to digital format.