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Project of Digitisation of the Czech TV Archive - Martin Bouda (Czech TV, CZ)

Presentation by Martin Bouda about the digitisation process of the Czech TV archives at the Second EUscreen International Conference on Use and Creativity, which took place at the National Library of Sweden, Stockholm, on September 15-16, 2011.

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Project of Digitisation of the Czech TV Archive - Martin Bouda (Czech TV, CZ)

  1. 1. Project of digitization of the Czech TV Archive s Martin Bouda The Czech TV Archives Prague, Czech Republic
  2. 2. The need for digitization <ul><li>to keep Czech TV content from outdating </li></ul><ul><li>quick orientation and accessibility of archival materials </li></ul><ul><li>elimination of material loss </li></ul><ul><li>possibility of non-linear editing of materials etc. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Czech TV Archives Overview <ul><li>approx. 235,000 hours of AV records </li></ul><ul><li>approx. 1 , 200 hours are classified as the most valuable </li></ul><ul><li>TV archives – Prague, Brno and Ostrava </li></ul><ul><li>3 sections ( news archive , general archive , film library ) </li></ul>
  4. 4. AV content storage <ul><li>AV records are stored on: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>videotapes (type C videotapes, betacams SP, digital betacams, U-matics) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>film (35,16 mm, colour and b/w, positives and negatives) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Metadata storage <ul><li>Provys TV office </li></ul><ul><li>News Archive Database </li></ul><ul><li>Card Index </li></ul><ul><li>Digital Archive of Programme Funds (DAPF) </li></ul>
  6. 6. Provys TV office interface
  7. 7. News Archive Database
  8. 8. Preconditions for digitization <ul><li>2002 – birth of concrete idea </li></ul><ul><li>2007 - passed a n important media law </li></ul><ul><li>legislative preconditions for the process </li></ul><ul><li>law allowed funding of the process </li></ul><ul><li>difficult position of public broadcaster compared to private sector </li></ul>
  9. 9. Digitization expenses <ul><li>technological structure - approx. 350 million CZK (approx. 14 million €) </li></ul><ul><li>another necessary equipment s and the conversion - 600-700 million CZK ( approx. 25 million €) </li></ul><ul><li>total cost is estimated at 1 billion CZK (approx. 40 million €) </li></ul>
  10. 10. Funding of digitization <ul><li>no direct support from the government budget </li></ul><ul><li>commercial revenues (in 2011 approx . 66 million CZK) </li></ul><ul><li>Czech TV Investment budget </li></ul><ul><li>Czech TV O perating budget </li></ul><ul><li>EEA and Norway Grants (???) </li></ul>
  11. 11. Demands on DAPF functionality <ul><li>final capacity for approx. 500,000 hours </li></ul><ul><li>newly-generated production and conversion of archive s </li></ul><ul><li>broadcast logging </li></ul><ul><li>exchange inputs from other broadcasters </li></ul><ul><li>various types of metadata export </li></ul><ul><li>various types of content export </li></ul>
  12. 12. Winning solution <ul><li>Ness Technologies with solution Viz rt Ardome </li></ul><ul><li>Viz rt Ardome should cover the whole workflow: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>i ngest </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>t ranscoding </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>media management </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>browse editing </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>annotation tools etc. </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Vizrt Ardome Interface
  14. 14. Vizrt Ardome – example of an item
  15. 15. Beginning of digitization <ul><li>February 2009 - end of the phase of implementation and customization </li></ul><ul><li>Since 1/1/2010 news production has been digitised with the following priority : </li></ul><ul><li>n ew production to archive </li></ul><ul><li>latest records </li></ul><ul><li>most vulnerable records from the years 1980-1991 </li></ul><ul><li>i mportant, rare and frequent records </li></ul>
  16. 16. Critical aspects of the DAPF ( Viz rt Ardome ) <ul><li>lack of flexibility </li></ul><ul><li>problems with compatibility within the current system environment (Provys) </li></ul><ul><li>more production than archive system </li></ul><ul><li>difficult switch to another possible system solution </li></ul>
  17. 17. Current status <ul><li>11 000 hours of 4 levels of content has been already digitised </li></ul><ul><li>import to DAPF through : </li></ul><ul><li>DNPS (Digital News Production System) </li></ul><ul><li>DART (Digital Automated Recording Tool) </li></ul><ul><li>digitization of tapes </li></ul>
  18. 18. Near future outlook <ul><li>October 2011 – start of digitizing of the retrospective news archives </li></ul><ul><li>end of year 2011 – start of digitizing of the general Czech TV Archive s </li></ul>
  19. 19. More distant future outlook (2012 – 2015) <ul><li>DAPF - full support and part of the production environment </li></ul><ul><li>HD technology </li></ul><ul><li>storage capacity increase </li></ul><ul><li>new formats support </li></ul><ul><li>export interface expansion </li></ul>
  20. 20. <ul><li>Thank you for you </li></ul><ul><li>attention! </li></ul><ul><li>martin.bouda @ </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>