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DV-formats: time for a first report


The first step of the preparation for the digitisation of DV in 2019 is behind us. During this step, the focus was on the identification of the variety, physical aspects and the distribution of DV-cassettes. Fourteen partners welcomed Gaël into their archives over the past few months. Based on these visits, we draw a few conclusions in an interim report.

  • The number of DV-formats roughly corresponds with previous estimates.
  • The cassettes seem to be in good condition, so far as it can be seen with the naked eye. We therefore expect that the transfer will run smoothly. Technical problems can always pop up of course, given the age and fragility of the carriers.
  • The large number of different cassette formats could create confusion among partners. DV, miniDV in particular, currently covers the lion’s share. DVCAM and DVCPRO are also included, albeit to a lesser extent. To facilitate the identification, we describe the different types in detail in the report on the bottom of this page. Content partners will find the manual on the partner portal as well. 
In the meantime, we developed a metadata model with the information from the archive visits to register the carriers. This model shows the information we need for the digitisation and sustainable conservation of each carrier. Examples are the type of carrier, the date of recording or the brand of the cassette. In the report below you can find the specific features of each type of DV. 

What will follow this first report?

The key question on our agenda right now: to which format do we convert the content of the DV-cassettes? Together with PACKED, Gaël also tries to answer this question. Furthermore, he will prepare the tender by cataloguing the technical requirements. The latter will enable us to carry out a qualitative transfer.

Any other questions?

Ask Lobke, our Project manager Digitisation.