One of the biggest opportunities to library holders is to unlock the value and information held in their AudioVisual catalogues. As we will show, the best and most efficient way to capture and catalogue all the available metadata for each asset is during the digitisation process of current or historic formats. TVT have many years experience in this process and developed our ContentSelect management system to capture both technical metadata and populate the content and intellectual property metadata, often automatically. This includes the creation of a synopsis for each clip, identifying the speakers in archive footage by the use of online databases and voice fingerprinting and deep search of digitised content by associating timecoded scripts, transcriptions or subtitles and using speech recognition to allow users to search for any keyword spoken in the material and jump to that point in the video. For example a search ‘LKY + China’ might bring up every clip where LKY mentions China and allows the user to jump to the exact point in the video where he mentions China. Future enhancements will allow visual recognition of speakers and places to add further data. By adding rich metadata during digitisation, National Libraries and Archives can unlock their content and transform the way that owners and users can access the deep information that it contains providing new opportunities for research and monetisation.
TVT launched broadcast support services twenty years ago and have been helping companies including BBC Worldwide, UKTV, Scripps, RTM Malaysia, National Library Singapore and Mediacorp manage their content since that time. We have the infrastructure to ingest, digitise, restore and archive any formats from 2” Reels to BetaSp, and UMATIC to ½ / ¼ inch reel to reels. This then can be stored perpetually in lossless formats for later use, monetization or for posterity.
Archives of historical tapes have built up in government and private broadcasters since the beginning of television. With the new digital world it has been recognised that this is not just inefficient and expensive, but risks losing significant cultural heritage built up over decades. It is also possible to monetize searchable digital content as well.
TVT has great knowledge and experience in running projects to digitise old archive libraries, and the systems to manage them. We have created invaluable archives from potentially at risk content in numerous state and private broadcasters.