To convert a chaotic library of old analog media into uniform format digital files is no small task for any organization.
While a private consumer can opt to abandon the task or else, for example, simply hand over his or her photo archive to a store for processing, the situation within organizations is more complicated:
Often, in the absence of a budget for digitization, people leave huge quantities of film in a multiplicity of formats neglected, at best in boxes or at worst, out on loan and vulnerable to damage.
They hope and pray it will be OK, but deep down they know that, sooner or later, the film will suffer wear and tear. At some point, the VCR (VHS) machine will break down, with little hope of anyone to repair it. Even if someone is ready to take a look at it, there will be no available spare parts.
In some organizations, employees took the initiative to sample their materials and, using DVD recorders or sample input cards, convert the video to a digital file format.
Still, such solutions are very problematic:
• Conversion to DVD does not resolve the issue in the long run: Actually, the reproduced material in a new format is no less problematic, because DVD disks are even more likely to wear and scratch than tapes.
• Sample input cards are easy to use and cheap, but they do not preserve the quality of the recording, and what is more, they store the sample in its raw state with no color or sound enhancement.
• What is the best choice of conversion format? What is the best data transfer rate? Stereo, Surround, Mono? 16-bit or 24-bit? Megabits or megabytes? Most of the sample cards have built-in templates, often of a quality too low to stand the test of time. If, however, as may be the case, the quality is unnecessarily high, storage space is wasted and it may cause playback problems.
In short, it's a business for professionals.
We bring to this field 20 years of experience in professional video editing for TV channels all over the world. TV channels generally operate to a high standard and implement strict rules regarding presentation for broadcasting.
Every TV program, other than news flashes, undergoes technical testing. Sometimes, its content may even be rejected and sent back to the producer for revision.
Working with Luminance levels in a controlled environment using a Waveform monitor, using a Vectorscope to ensure correct color saturation and Color Space for color correction, maintaining minimum and maximum audio levels without distortion – all of this has been fundamental to our business, for many years.
Based on many years of successful operation in this challenging field, we are confident that we have the necessary knowledge, expertise, and tools at our fingertips to perform optimal digitization.