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Digitisation project 7: Digital Video formats

With Digital Video we once again welcome a carrier with a digital signal to our digitisation projects. DV, DVCAM and DVCPro emerged during the early 1990s, but they will need to be digitised in the near future. About 60 content partners responded to VIAA’s call, therefore we’re preparing the ‘digitisation’ in 2018 and 2019.

DV, DVCAM and DVCPro were launched in the 1990s by a consortium with Sony and Panasonic among others. Several carriers are out of production, which caused the formats to appear on our radar. The approximately 60 content partners who answered our first call, were joined by 10 extra partners, together possessing nearly 22,000 carriers all together. VIAA wants to ‘digitise’ these from 2019 on.

We call it ‘digitising’, but we actually transfer or migrate the content of these Digital Video-carriers to a more sustainable digital file format. That’s why our intern, Gaël, started with a very specific preparation in March 2018. In the context of his Master’s course Audiovisual Management at the National Audiovisual Institute (INA) in France, Gaël will investigate the quantity and condition of the carriers until August. He’ll also help, among other things, to determine the technical specifications for the tender document of the migration. The result of his research appeared in an intermediate report. The research into different file formats in which we will preserve the digital signal, has been continued after Gaël left, together with several experts. From early 2019 onwards, we have been working on a tender so we can appoint a digitisation partner by the end of september. The digital transfer is set to be carried out by the end of 2020.

Questions about this project? 
Contact Brecht, he will be happy to help you.