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Restoration and digitisation: a visit to the Czech National Film Archive - Radio Prague

Restoration and digitisation: a visit to the Czech National Film Archive - Radio Prague | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"On July 5, the Karlovy Vary Film Festival screened a fresh copy of the New Wave classic Ostře Sledované Vlaky (Closely Watched Trains, 1966). This is the latest Czech film to have undergone a major restoration. At the same time, the Czech National Film Archive is waiting to see if funding is made available for the restoration of a further ten films from its renowned collection. In this special programme, Dominik Jůn visits the archive to discuss issues related to restoration, digitisation - and the difference between the two."

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Film Archivists in China: the 2012 FIAF congress, by David Walsh | IWM Research Blog

Film Archivists in China: the 2012 FIAF congress, by David Walsh | IWM Research Blog | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"...archivists were understandably confused by the sheer scale and rapidity of the changes to their world brought about by digital technology. And so a good deal of the proceedings set about addressing some of these concerns, not least the workshop organised jointly by the Technical Commission (of which I am the head) and the Programming and Access Commission, where we looked at the digital world from different perspectives and tried to offer some guidance on acquisition, management, preservation and access. (Some of the guidance we offered is now available in a few handy documents on the FIAF website).

Our fellow commission, Cataloguing and Documentation, have also worked hard to push for worldwide implementation of an important new European standard for film metadata (EN 15907:2009), and are hoping that this will become an ISO standard shortly. To boost their case, they had the British Film Institute to present their successful adoption of CEN standards in their new Adlib database (the first organisation to do so). This commission is also working on a revised set of cataloguing rules which will be compliant with this standard.

FIAF retains a very strong interest in analogue film technology, and there are many who view the demise of this traditional technology not just as regrettable, but as something to be resisted at all costs. In this context, when the Technical Commission wondered in passing whether it should investigate the feasibility of film archives manufacturing their own film stock when all the big players (Kodak, Fuji) decide to drop it, the FIAF delegates were understandably excited. Establishing a cottage industry for film stock seems implausible to many, but I suspect that unless we can come up with definitive evidence to support this view, the idea will not rest."

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DIVArchive speeds content retrieval for The Netherlands Institute - Broadcast Engineering

DIVArchive speeds content retrieval for The Netherlands Institute - Broadcast Engineering | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

 

"The Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision (NIBG) is using DIVArchive to archive A/V content that has been broadcast or scanned.

Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision (NIBG) has installed DIVArchive to manage its broadcast and film files; manages 10 PB of DPX files and 6 PB of broadcast files.

The project includes the move all of its assets that are now archived at Ericsson (formerly Technicolor) into its new in-house digital archive."

 

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