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Asset management for RTBF archive project

Belgian public broadcaster RTBF is using a media asset management system for the digitisation of its archive, which is being overseen by subsidiary company Sonuma, writes Kevin Hilton.
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Belgian public broadcaster RTBF is using a media asset management system for the digitisation of its archive, which is being overseen by subsidiary company Sonuma, writes Kevin Hilton. Netia CMS (content management system) is being is being used to keep track of the tens of thousands of hours of audio and video material held in RTBF's libraries. Sonuma is transferring RTBF's programmes and other material on to digital media from a wide range of formats, including DAT, LP, MiniDisc, 16mm film and various videotape formats. As well as preserving all this, Sonuma is looking to make the most of the archive by offering it for commercial use. By consolidating the metadata from various sources and formats Sonuma is working through the archive, using third party software to automatically transcribe speech-to-text. Both the media and the metadata are loaded into the Netia system, which archivists are using to carry out quick searches of what has been digitised. "By integrating seamlessly into our existing environment, the Netia CMS will enable us to use previous technology investments to realize a highly automated workflow," comments Eric Denis, IT manager at Sonuma. Yoann Poizeau (pictured), product director at Netia, adds, "CMS is an ideal fit for the Sonuma project, as it not only preserves and enriches audio and video assets but also simplifies processing and management of those assets from ingest through delivery. With a streamlined and highly automated media management and archiving workflow in place, Sonuma will be positioned to make its large store of media assets readily available to RTBF users, as well as to external clients." www.netia.net

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