IU QC Experiences at AMIA 2020

Indiana University (IU) shares operational experiences in using the VidiCert quality control software for their large-scale film digitisation project.

IU QC Experiences at AMIA 2020
Presentation - Credit: JOANNEUM RESEARCH and Indiana University

As part of IU’s Media Digitization and Preservation Initiative (MDPI) more than 11.000 hours of digitised 16 and 35 mm film have been quality controlled within a period of 34 month. IU shared at the Association of Moving Image Archivists Conference 2020 its experiences in operating this large-scale project and reports about the effectiveness of using the VidiCert quality control software for archive Film Scanning QC.


The presentation gives valuable insights into:

  • what quality control criteria IU applies for image and sound QC as well as for submission package QC,
  • how the film digitisation and quality control workflow has been setup and how time-efficient it operates,
  • how IU adapted the QC workflow in response to the Corona pandemic,
  • examples and a long term statistics of human verified image and sound issues, including details about type and quantity
  • that the implemented quality control workflow allowed to reduce the average rate of image and sound issues by a factor of six,

  • and consequently that the audiovisual quality of digitised film as well as the efficiency of the whole scanning and quality control workflow is improved for all involved parties.


We from JOANNEUM RESEARCH are delighted that VidiCert is playing a key role in supporting IU to meet their image and sound quality standards for migrating film to digital preservation files. For more information, please see also the presentation <slides>.