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Monday, October 26 • 18:30 - 19:00
Quality Control Experiences from the Large-Scale Film Digitization Project at Bayerischer Rundfunk

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In 2018 the public broadcaster Bayerischer Rundfunk (BR) launched its film digitisation initiative, which will result in over 50.000 16mm and 35 mm film reels digitally preserved by the year 2028.
Partnering with two service providers has resulted in a high throughput scanning and mastering workflow. To meet its ambitious timeline and quality requirements, BR has additionally created an extensive automated and manual quality control workflow to guarantee specifications for aural and visual quality and structural standards are met.
This presentation will provide an overview of the BR film digitisation project, including the early phase of needs assessment and implementation planning. Details will be given on how the realisation of this large-scale film digitisation activity including quality control needs and its implementation with BR’s practical experience in using VidiCert, the film and video digitisation quality control software. The software checks thousands of files in both ways: efficiently and cost effectively.
We will discuss the innovative approach to quality control for film which automates error detection for the QC operator to quickly review files and make decisions that guarantee high quality preservation and reuse, and that enable partly cassation of the film media. Examples of human verified, critical scanning issues, such as framing errors, monochrome frames, low contrast, freeze frames, unsteadiness and loudness issues will be shared along with the practical experiences made in the first two and a half years of operations where more than 1500 hours have been QC’d and consequently partially be re-scanned.
Overall conclusions for the planning and the realization of such large-scale projects will be given.

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Perla Olivia Rodríguez

Researcher, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
Researcher at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. PhD in Documentation from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. She coordinates the Ibero-American Network of Digital Preservation of Sound and Audiovisual Archives (RIPDASA). She is Vice-President of the International... Read More →

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Sonja Raffler

Quality Control - Film Digitisation, Bayerischer Rundfunk
I am working for the film digitising Project at Bayerischer Rundfunk in Munich, Germany as a quality advisor. My job is to view all the files, which are scanned and mastered by service providers. I have to make sure they have the best possible condition and follow our criteria for... Read More →
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Peter Schallauer

Smart Media Solutions for Archives, Joanneum Research
Peter Schallauer is R&D and product coordinator for audiovisual preservation solutions at JOANNEUM RESEARCH’s research area Smart Media Solutions. He has been working with JOANNEUM since 1995 as scientific and development coordinator creating numerous digital video/movie technologies... Read More →

Monday October 26, 2020 18:30 - 19:00 GMT
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