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  • FIAT/IFTA

    World

    Conference

    2016 - Warsaw

    Digital preservation infrastructure: providing new opportunities for preservation, access and beyond

    Charles Fairall

    Head of Conservation

    British Film Institute

    Unlocking Film Heritage

  • Digital Past

    Over a decade of digital workflow at the BFI National Archive

    Audio came first

    Digital Operations team created

    Arriscan film scanner

    For-A LTO-5 recorders

    LTO tapes stored on vault shelves

  • Digital Present

    In-house, end-to-end capability for digitisation of BFI National Archive collections

  • Film scanner

    High volume, high fidelity scanning (2k)

    Safe handling of delicate film

    Continuous motion (not single frame)

    Inherent image stabilisation

    Compliments the Archives existing digitisation tools

    Digital

    Capability

    Film image

  • Digital

    Capability

    Sound

    Soundtrack scanner

    ProTools

    Capture high quality digital image of the soundtrack

    Uses image processing and software to remove defects dust, scratches

    Generate digital audio file

    Digitise sound directly from positive and negative film

    ProTools for editing and restoration

  • Digital

    Capability

    Post-production

    Grading, editing and finishing workstations

    Grading software with grain management

    Precision panel provides intuitive user interface

    Reference picture monitor guarantees image fidelity

    Clipster creates files for Digital Cinema distribution, BFI Player and range of file types

  • Digital

    Preservation

    Infrastructure

    New technology to

    digitise, ingest, preserve and provide access to BFI National Archive digital collections

  • How did we do it?

    Peer review

    Consultation with colleagues and partners

    Requirements Document

    Competitive Dialogue Procurement

    Digital

    Preservation

    Infrastructure

  • Digital

    Preservation

    Infrastructure

    Environment

    Data centre

    Secure access control

    Gas fire suppression

    Cooling and aircon

    Uninterruptible power supply (UPS)

    10Gb fibre connectivity

  • Digital

    Preservation

    Infrastructure

    Access storage

    Instant access storage for viewing copies, and work-in-progress

    Instant playback of viewing copies in web browser

    Safe storage of work-in-progress for digital operations

    Hugely scaleable (700TB now, but scales to 20PB)

    High performance and speed (200 GB per second)

  • Digital

    Preservation

    Infrastructure

    Long-term

    archive data

    storage

    Two copies of preservation files, geographically separated

    Open and enterprise tape types to achieve both archival resilience and performance

    Eliminates manual handling

    High capacity, low cost-per-GB

    Fast, durable, robust

    Self-migrating to successive tape formats in roadmap

  • Digital

    Preservation

    Infrastructure

    Ingest + access

    Media Asset Management (MAM)

    Give access to viewing copies in web browser to BFI staff

    Integrate with CID

    Ingest from DPI workstations

    Automatically create viewing copies and thumbnails

    Permissions based access to master preservation files

  • Transforming

    the Archive

    Charles Fairall

    Head of Conservation

    BFI National Archive

    Unlocking Film Heritage

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