AV Broadcast Legacy Video Tape Transfer Services


Our preservation AV archive transfer services are perfect for capturing content from professional broadcast tapes and converting to new digital formats can convert the following specifications. 

10 bit uncompressed files in either AVI or Quicktime codecs. Pro-Res 422, FFV1, H.264 MOV, H.264 MP4, DVD and Blu-Ray discs. These can be converted to storage media, cloud or your own server. 

We can support both PAL and NTSC tape formats for DVCam, MiniDV, HDV, Betacam SP SX, Digibeta, Sony IMX, DVCPro, VHS, U-Matic.

There are only three ways to preserve analogue content: 

1. Conserve the originals; 

2. Make copies of the originals, using the same or similar technology (dubbing analogue content onto new analogue carriers); and 

3. Move the content onto new technology. 

Alternatively we can provide authored DVD and Blu-Rays with menu suppliments. Our services are suited for the long term archival of video that will support your archive preservation requirements.

FILE SIZES: Digital video produces vast amount of data. Using PAL-SD as an example, image only no audio and stored as YUV422 16bit with a resolution of 720x576 and applying no compression would result in a file size of 1.15gb per minute. For 10bit would represent 1.4gb per minute. Therefore we ask for a hard drive suitable for storage on all orders.

10BIT UNCOMPRESSED AVI/MOV: For long-term archiving purposes, the most important factor for choosing a codec is to be able to preserve the content adequately in a stable manner and its vendor-independent accessibility over time. 

AVI is currently recommended by The National Archives for meeting the requirements suitable for preservation archiving of video tapes.

FFV1 - LOSSLESS COMPRESSION: We offer several choices of archival conversions to suit your requirements. FFV1 is a lossless compression format meaning there are compression algorithms which reduce the filesize but still preserve every bit in its original state, even after recompressing an infinitive number of times. Think of a Zip file!

PRO-RES & H.264 MPEG4 - LOSSY ENCODING:Apple Pro-Res is perfectly suitable for video editing and ideal for MAC users. But for archival reasons due to being lossy it is not recommended for archival purposes. The same is applied to MPEG4 whereby this format is perfect for viewable copies of originals.

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