Indiana University (IU)

Film Scanning QC


As a major part in Indiana University’s Media Digitization and Preservation Initiative (MDPI) IU is digitising between 2018 and 2020 25.000 film rolls (in total 12.500 hours) of 16 and 35 mm film with the support of the service provider Sony Memnon. Indiana University is applying VidiCert for Archive Film Scanning QC and Content QC on the digitised films with a throughput of up to 35 hours per day.

“By using VidiCert, the MDPI project gains thorough quality control on all digitized films, reducing our budgeted manual QC costs and maintaining our timeline for the Bicentennial,” said Carla Arton, MDPI director of technical operations, film. “The automatic defect-detection capabilities for film material will enable our QC staff to efficiently and strategically navigate the results of the automatic detection stage. Segments with defects will be identified and verified with minimal effort.”

Dennis Cromwell, MDPI executive director, said, “In addition to MDPI creating greater access to IU collections, it is important that the initiative create preservation masters that are a true reproduction of the original film. VidiCert enables us to minimize the risk of having major defects or issues created by the digitisation process.

At the JTS 2019 conference Indiana University and JOANNEUM RESEARCH shared quality control insights from the first two years of operations of IU’s large-scale film digitisation initiative. The main insights and the full presentation containing statistics on operation, audiovisual defects detected and effectiveness of VidiCert based quality control are available under QC Experiences from Scanning 3200 hours of Film.

Radiotelevisione Italiana (RAI)

Video Digitisation QC


Radiotelevisione Italiana is in the process of digitising its extensive Betacam tape archive of more than 600.000 unique tapes. RAI Research Center is investigating the use of VidiCert for Archive Video Digitisation QC with the goal to significantly improve the level of automation for the quality control of IMX tape digitisation.

Austrian Public Broadcaster (ORF)

Video Digitisation QC and Content QC


The ORF is migrating 600,000 BETACAM and IMX digital tapes with a total of 330,000 hours of content between 2015 and 2025. VidiCert Archive Video Digitisation QC and Content QC is applied with a throughput of up to 180 hours per day.

"The advantage for the ORF is the speed at which the video defect detection is completed and the reduced time for operator intervention. Of particular interest was the job-time optimization – enabling us to trade-off human effort against verification accuracy." Christoph Bauer, ORF Archive

"We integrated VidiCert seamlessly into our existing workflows. JOANNEUM RESEARCH additionally implemented a purpose built line dropout detector for VidiCert that is able to find signal dropouts with sub-line runtime in video files to solve our specific issues." Roman Meßmer, ORF Technical Conception

At the FIAT/IFTA 2016 conference the Austrian public broadcaster ORF and Joanneum Research presented in their talk Migration is way more than mere Digitisation this huge video digitisation project, including first statistics on types and quantities of audiovisual defects detected during quality control.

At the FIAT/IFTA 2017 conference Joanneum Research shared quality control experiences from different digitisation projects. For the first time long-term statistics on human verified audiovisual digitisation defects were presented, especially from this ORF video digitisation project. This not only gives insights on how frequent specific classes of video digitisation defects are, it also shows to which degree defects can be detected by specific VidiCert baseband/essence detectors or the VTR playback device. Under VidiCert at FIAT/IFTA 2017 you may find details and the presentation for download. The statistics on the ORF project are available in slides six to eight.

Bayerischer Rundfunk (BR)

Film Scanning QC

With the support of two service providers BR is digitising its 16 and 35 mm film archive during the next ten years. BR will apply VidiCert for Archive Film Scanning QC on the files delivered by the service providers.

Israeli Public Broadcasting Corporation (IPBC)

With the support of a service provider IPBC is currently digitising its substantial 16 mm film holdings. To ensure high quality copies for reuse and preservation IPBC uses VidiCert for Archive Film Scanning QC on the files delivered by the service provider.

Deutsches Rundfunkarchiv (DRA)

Video Digitisation QC

Deutsches Rundfunkarchiv is migrating Digital BETACAM video tapes with an automated tape ingest solution to files. DRA is applying VidiCert for Archive Video Digitisation QC on the files delivered by the automated tape ingest solution.

“By using VidiCert we are able to detect Digital BETACAM dropouts with high accuracy. Even frames with only a few defected blocks visible, which would easily be overseen in a manual QC approach, can be detected reliably by VidiCert.” Hinnerk Gehrckens, DRA Head of Audio & Video Technology.


Integration Partners

AtoS, based in Vienna, offers a broad range of IT and media related services. They provide to ORF a digitisation service for 600.000 video tapes over a period of 10 years including VidiCert Archive Video Digitisation QC and Content QC.

NOA, a Vienna based solution provider for audiovisual archives, integrates VidiCert with their ActLINE and FRAMELector products for Archive Video Digitisation QC and Content QC applications.

HS-ART, a Graz based solution provider for digital film and video restoration, integrates VidiCert with its DIAMANT Film-Restoration products in Archive Film Digitisation QC and Production QC applications.

MWA Nova GmbH, a Berlin based film scanning solution provider, integrated VidiCert with its Spinner S and flashscan Nova workflow for Archive Film Digitisation QC applications.

Vintage Cloud, a Copenhagen based film scanning solution and service provider, integrated VidiCert with its Steenbeck Digitizer workflow for Archive Film Digitisation QC applications.

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