Joe Kelly, Andrew Martin
Radio Television Hong Kong employed DAMsmart to process, digitise, quality control and archive over 40,000 Digital Betacam cassettes of program material from their archive for HD transmission and archive in 2014/15.
With content well exceeding 21,000 hours, DAMsmart has brought together systems and tools into automated workflows to digitise, segment, QC and archive thousands of hours of material. This automation processing is achieved by utilising robotic video tape handling, enterprise management of physical cassettes, and workflow digital design and processing. Automation is critical to the quality and realistic project timeframes to make such a project achievable.
However, automation of archives can only go so far. Audiovisual preservation experts are required when dealing with large numbers of cassettes are infested with mould. Automated Quality Control is powerful for the majority of material and in addition to this, expert analysis interrogating video files enables the delivery of a very high quality digital video collection.
In this presentation, DAMsmart will explore automated techniques to obtain SD to HD signal processing, lossless segmentation, automated and manual Quality Control and virtual tape archiving. In addition, DAMsmart will detail conservation techniques to enable the digitisation of mouldy cassettes.
Joe Kelly has been General Manager at DAMsmart since its inception in 2007. With over 30 years of specialist audiovisual experience, Joe is one of the most knowledgeable and experienced people in the industry when it comes to digitisation and archiving of media collections.
Joe has been the key figure in developing DAMsmart’s digitisation solutions. He successfully navigated DAMsmart through the DPS project, which was, at the time, the largest digitisation job of its kind ever undertaken in this region.
Before starting DAMsmart, Joe was Head of Preservation and Technical Services at the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (NFSA). While at the NFSA Joe became a leading authority on media migration, preservation and archiving. He has delivered papers at several key international conferences on the subject. Going back even further Joe has worked in a variety of broadcast roles with the Seven and Prime Television networks in Australia
Andrew Martin heads up the technical operations at DAMsmart. Andrew manages everything from our sophisticated digitisation platform through to the maintenance of our analogue VTRs – both the contemporary and the antique machines, through to research and development. He also works alongside Joe developing custom workflows and integration testing for all our new projects.
Andrew has over 14 years experience in the television broadcast industry, starting as a tape operator with Prime Television. He refined his technical skills working as the Digital Media Specialist with the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia, where he researched and developed standards for encoding analogue material for preservation, the web, production and cinema. Most cultural institutions in Australia have now adopted these standards. Andrew also holds a degree in Audiovisual Archiving from Charles Sturt University Australia.