Archives need standards

Archives need standards 

At a recent seminar on archive storage, I listened to a number of presentations that confirmed my view that we have a long way to go to get standards into common use in the media and entertainment (M&E) sector. The issue is coming to the fore with the demise of videotape, and the parlous state of many videotape and film archives.


Since the beginning of television, the fallback for the program archive has been the original camera negative (OCN) or the source videotapes. If the final program master was damaged, then the material could be reingested and recut as a last resort.


As film and television cameras move to capture as files, there are no OCNs and videotapes. This has raised the urgent need for more secure archives than a mix of external hard drives, cloud storage and proprietary data tapes.

Source: Broadcast Engineering

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