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ORF/Atos, Austria - Large scale Video Digitisation

orf atos 2In December 2015, the DiMi (Digital Migration) project started with the enormous task of digitizing ORF’s entire video archive of 600.000 cassettes (IMX and Digital Betacam) within the next 10 years. In cooperation with international service provider Atos, the DiMi project is nearing its successful first year anniversary in December 2016 exactly as planned. Using NOA FrameLector and jobDB, Atos is able to deliver close to 100 hours (resp. up to 130 h if required) of video content per day, running a 2-shift operation with 16 parallel streams and only 1.5 ingest employees per shift. With the tapes already being the 2nd generation of the content (a migration from 1” to IMX/DigiBeta was conducted in late 80s), one of the most important requirements was the capability of differentiation between “error on tape” and “error during transfer”. With FrameLectors means of ISR event and RF trace logging this requirement could be fulfilled, allowing for (logged) 2nd ingest of tapes only when necessary as well as direct comparison of actual physical errors with errors in the video detected by baseband analysis tools. NOA’s workflow system jobDB also specifically supports labour separation of ingest and quality control, allowing for higher efficiency in both parts of the large project, as time-consuming validation of semi-automatic quality control is dedicated exclusively to highly trained QC staff.

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