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Welcome to AV Artifact Atlas, a resource for identifying errors and anomalies in analog and digital video. AVAA is built for and by a community of professionals in the field of audiovisual archiving but useful for anyone working with av material. Check out our About page for more information about the project and the Contributor’s Guide for steps on how you can participate.

We are currently in the process of migrating AVAA from it’s original Wikimedia platform to Github; please excuse our appearance as we work out the kinks. Meanwhile, you can browse the site using the search box in the sidebar, the tag cloud below, or this list of artifacts.

2-inch Quad Abrasion Analog Audio Azimuth Baking Balanced Cables Banding Bands Black Levels Cable Cassette Chroma Chrominance Cleaning Clicks Clipped Samples Clipping Color Color lock Color smearing Comet Tails Crush Curvature error DCT DV DV25 Deck Failure Deformation Device Error Digital Digital Clicks Disc Playback Discrete Cosine Transform Dot Crawl Drop Out Dropout Dying Batteries EP Edge curl Editing cut Electrical Error Expansion Extended Play Film Flange pack Flicker Frequency Loss Ghosting Gouging Head Clog Hue Hue Error Hum Interference LP Level Levels Too Hot Long Play Luminance MPEG Magnetic Tape Magnetostrictive Action Media Damage Media Failure Mono Noise Open Reel Tape Operator Error Overs Oxide Out PAL Phase Pitch Playback Adjustment Popped strand Post-echo Power Supply Pre-echo Processing Artifact Production Error Pulse Quilting RF Rewinding SLP Setup Shrinkage Skew Smearing Speed Fluctuation Spoking Step pack Stereo Strobing Sub-sampling Sync Loss Synchronization System Failure TBC Tape Error Time Base Corrector Tracking Error Undersaturation Video Warble Windowing Y/C Delay Error