Portland Calling - VidiCert at AMIA 2018

Joanneum Research and Indiana University report on their experiences and benefits of using VidiCert quality control in the large-scale MDPI film digitization initiative

Portland Calling - VidiCert at AMIA 2018


At this year’s Association of Moving Image Archivists Conference, Nov. 28th to Dec. 1st in Portland,  Peter Schallauer from Joanneum Research and Darrel Myers from Indiana University will share “Quality Control Experiences from a Large-Scale Film Digitization Project” at The Reel Thing workshop (Nov. 28 12:30-17:30).

In 2017, Indiana University launched the film phase of the Media Digitization and Preservation Initiative (MDPI), which will result in over twenty-five thousand large and small gauge film reels digitally preserved by the university’s 2020 bi-centennial. While partnering with a service provider has resulted in a high throughput digitization workflow, to meet its ambitious timeline, IU has additionally implemented a thorough automatic and manual quality control workflow to guarantee that specifications for aural and visual quality as well as structural standards are met.

In the presentation Indiana University will provide an overview on the MDPI film phase, focusing on quality control and their practical experience in using the film scanning quality control software VidiCert to efficiently and cost effectively check thousands of files. Joanneum Research will discuss their innovative automated approach to quality control for film scanning enabling the QC operator to quickly review files and make decisions that guarantee the best possible quality of preservation and restoration. Examples and long-term statistics of human verified, critical scanning issues, such as over/under exposure, dust/dirt, framing error, freeze frame and unsteadiness, will be shared along with experiences made in the first year of operations where more than 3300 hours of moving image content have been QC’d and when needed were re-scanned. This not only gives insights on the frequency of specific scanning issues, but also shows how beneficial a proper QC and re-scanning process is.

Don’t miss also a second opportunity to hear more about VidiCert quality control at AMIA: In their talk "Case Study: Quality Control for Media Digitization” (Nov. 29th , 11:00 – 12:00) Mike Casey and Darrell Myers from Indiana University will present on the experiences with quality control for audio, video and film digitization within the MDPI initiative.

Please get in touch to meet in person at the conference.