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NTV installs Front Porch Digital for digitisation

17 October 2014
NTV installs Front Porch Digital for digitisation

Russian broadcaster NTV has installed a complete system of Front Porch Digital SAMMA media migration tools to digitise its vast store of videotapes. NTV has also installed Front Porch Digital’s DIVArchive CSM system and DIVAdirector media asset management (MAM) system to help it manage, access, and repurpose the video once it is digitised. The installation has won Front Porch Digital a nomination for the TVBAwards, taking place next Thursday 23 October.

The Front Porch Digital migration and archiving workflow enables NTV to preserve legacy video assets before the tapes deteriorate, and ensures the broadcaster will be able to find and reuse those assets indefinitely. This new workflow is part of NTV’s effort to transition to an entirely tapeless operation, which will culminate in a new Moscow production and broadcast facility, which is under construction and will be completed within two years.

Front Porch Digital’s Emmy SAMMA media migration technology is in the process of digitising NTV’s nearly 100,000 BETACAM and DVCAM cassette tapes. The SAMMA tools serve as the core of NTV’s digitisation workflow, providing continuous migration at a rate of 100 to 250 cassettes per day.

The workflow is configured to export the high-resolution video automatically, in its various formats, into DIVArchive. At the same time, proxy files automatically go to the DIVAdirector MAM system, where metadata has been preloaded from existing databases. NTV will use the DIVArchive CSM system not only to retrieve the content from the archive, but to handle complex storage tasks.

Front Porch Digital has been nominated for a TVBAward for Achievement in Legacy Content for its work with NTV. The company is competing against three others for the award, part of the Delivery category. A total of 13 awards will be presented at the event next Thursday at the Hilton London Wembley. The event is the first of its kind from TVBEurope and TV Technology Europe and a limited number of tickets are still available.

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