Michelle Carlos (Philippines)
This conservation project was aimed at developing a digitisation workflow for the magnetic tape collection of the State Baden-Württemberg (Landesfilmsammlung Baden-Württemberg or LFS) at the House of Documentary Films (Haus des Dokumentarfilms or HDF), who is currently housing 14,600 hours of media, to assist them in transitioning from a tape-based video production workflow into a file-based one.
The empirical part of this study was conducted in HDF in October 2013 using data gathered from the reports of the film archive and interviews with the primary concerned personnel, film archivist Ms. Anna Leippe. Supporting technical information was obtained through recommendations from product specialists in the post-production and broadcasting industry.
A comprehensive look at the current workflow as well as the present condition of the LFS collection of the film archive were described in order to understand the need of an in-house data-centric workflow. The focal point of this project was the design of a transitional tape-to-file-based workflow to demonstrate the key steps in the implementation of the proposed video digitisation workflow. Finally, hardware and software technology and products were presented to serve as guide on which solutions would best fit the technical requirement and at the same time the financial capacity of HDF.
With the allotment of budget for equipment refurbishing and labor, the workflow was then implemented in the last quarter of 2014. A series of tests and actual execution of the data-centric workflow were conducted yielding satisfactory results.
Integration of DI grading worflow, training of junior colourists, and also grading of TVCs, full-length features for post production houses in Makati, Philippines and later in Stuttgart, Germany.