SAMMAsolo enabled migration of 12,000 hour videotape archive to digital formats
archive has accomplished a first in the annals of European media organisations — an integrated end-to-end system that moves legacy analogue video content into a comprehensively managed digital structure. Under the direction of experienced BCE staff and services, the SAMMAsolo systems met the target of complete migration of the 12,000-hour videotape archive to digital formats. The system as a whole is unified
through the use of the Front Porch Digital DIVAdirector application and the DIVArchive system. DIVAdirector enables the cataloging and tracking of archived media assets, allowing 16 members of the European Parliament archive staff to browse content in the form of automatically generated low bit rate proxies, to create frame- accurate shot lists, and to use customisable metadata to find and identify specific media using query tools. Unlike a videotape archive, the centralised digital system allows the archivists to enjoy simultaneous, high-speed access to content. The user interface enables EP archivists to issue queries, browse archived content, and generate shot lists (audio/video segments from the selected asset’s proxies) that can then be restored to a nonlinear editing system or a playout server. DIVAdirector features
mirrored system disks and RAID 5 storage for Windows Media 9 proxies. Because it can import legacy databases of virtual assets, such as those still stored on videotape, along with their associated metadata field mapping, EP archivists can now track even content that has yet to be digitised. Once file-based content and proxies have been ingested, DIVAdirector automatically links them to their appropriate virtual assets. The EP archive itself is modular and consists of a robotised library, which supports the MXF digital file format, stored on a long-life LTO-type IT support. In its final configuration, the archive’s storage capacity will be 340TB (15,000h at 50Mbps), with 900 cartridge slots, 10 recording and reading machines, a loading speed of less than 30 seconds per cartridge, and access speed to a single cartridge file of 90 seconds or less. As a result of this project, all
of the EP archive’s content is going to be easier to access and some of it will be made available for the first time.
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EP’s centralised MAM and archive has accomplished a first in European media — an integrated end-to-end system that moves legacy analogue video content into a comprehensively managed digital structure
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