SBS recognised for archival project

SBS has been recognised for achievement in digital archiving, winning the Excellence in Media Preservation category at the FIAT/IFTA Archive Achievement Awards in Europe.

The Preserving Australian TV History Digitisation Project has digitised over 42,000 videotapes from SBS archives over a five year period.

This digitisation project transformed SBS physical tape collection into a useable digital archive. The content on Betacam, DVCPro, MiniDV and 1” was digitised using Lossless JPEG2000 for preservation, DV50 for the broadcast master and an H.264 proxy.

Maddy Kortegast, SBS Manager – Archives & Digitisation Project, said, “The FIAT Award win is fabulous international recognition of SBS commitment to preserving its truly unique, multicultural broadcast assets for future discovery, education and enjoyment. It also highlights and acknowledges the superior work of all involved in the project, including our digitisation partner DAMsmart whose knowledge, professionalism and support was crucial to this success.”

Adam Hodgkinson, Business Manager at DAMsmart, “We are delighted that SBS were proud enough of the project to enter it into the awards. The award win is great recognition for the small and highly-efficient SBS archive team that have made this project a success. Our team at DAMsmart is dedicated to achieving the best digitisation outcomes for our clients and the fact that SBS chose to acknowledge our contribution to their project publicly, reaffirms our commitment to providing best quality outcomes.”

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