The British Film Institute has selected Ooyala’s Flex Media Platform to transcode and aggregate access to its digital archive of moving image assets for its Heritage 2022 project.
Ooyala’s Flex Media Platform is an open and extensible video management solution that the company says simplifies and streamlines the entire content supply chain, from production to profit, significantly reducing costs and complexity while increasing revenue. It will be implemented alongside BFI’s existing systems, providing broader functionality and orchestration of BFI’s distribution workflows and ensuring greater compatibility with any additional systems and applications.
“We have a critical opportunity to save irreplaceable titles – stories that make up the fabric of British filmic history – that are stored on at-risk videotape formats and film,” said Edward Humphrey, director of digital at the BFI. “We have set this as a five-year task because there are a finite number of compatible video playback machines and spare parts in working condition, and a looming decrease in engineering and preservation talent. The clock is ticking, and we are counting on Ooyala to help us manage access to this vital content.”
“BFI has set for itself the ambitious and crucially important task of preserving Britain’s wonderful motion image heritage for future generations,” added Jonathan Huberman, CEO, Ooyala. “With the Ooyala Flex Media Platform, BFI will be able to do so efficiently. We feel privileged to be able to play a role in helping BFI and legions of dedicated preservationists and other craftspeople to bring to new audiences so many treasures of British film.”