In Broadcast - CABSAT 2017 - 33
www.inbroadcast.com | CABSAT InShow Guide | 21 - 23 March 2017
NOA Shows Easyto-Use Archiving
AV digitising and archiving specialist NOA GmbH
is exhibiting future proofed high efficiency
digitisation and archiving...
"Our presence at CABSAT 2017
coincides with some important largescale projects in the region that will be
completed this year. We'll be showing
our cutting-edge and easy-to-use
archiving innovations" says Christophe
Kummer, Managing Partner of NOA.
Transferring archive media can
be a time consuming and resource
hungry task. Tape machines capable
of playing legacy tape formats are
becoming obsolete. Replacement
heads and parts are difficult to come
by and the race is on to transfer media
to secure archives before replaying of
tapes becomes impossible.
The massive volume of tape material
and film stored is becoming apparent
as institutions comprehend the task
ahead, especially when they consider
their storage vaults. However,
transferring from tape is only half the
story as many assets were recorded
before proper metadata annotation
was introduced, and in many cases
the existing information describing
archived content is disjointed and
minimal at best.
In response to these needs and
in collaboration with broadcasters,
NOA has developed tools to
automate and simplify the process
of digitisation, storage and retrieval
of media content, as well as
appropriate metadata annotation
and management. Sustainable longterm preservation of media content is
guaranteed and continuous checks for
transfer integrity during digitisation
ensure that only highest possible
quality of audio and video content is
going into the archive.
The mediARC system includes the
three fundamental areas of an archive
* metadata (description of the
* media storage and conversion;
* and workflows (controlling,
creating and processing information).
Open Archival Information System
(OASIS), a framework designed
to future proof archives, is at the
core of NOA's database design.
Part of its application is the use of
open source resources, especially
concerning video encoding, to
ensure that archival content remains
accessible for decades to come; high
performance open source video
codec FFV1 provides mathematically
lossless intra-frame compression with
competitive bit rates while ensuring
longevity of archival content.
"Archive storage is only as good
as information retrieval and there
is no point in storing anything if we
cannot recover it later," says Kummer.
"Metadata is the key to asset retrieval
and NOA has gone to great lengths to
make our database work with many
different data types and metadata
and metadata edit validation into
production workflows is another core
feature. Both mediARC™ and jobDB™
provide a highly flexible workflow
engine which is used for all basic
input/output tasks around the archive,
including ingestion and exporting.
NOA's systems easily scale to meet
the needs of broadcasters as their
libraries and archives expand, either
in your own datacentre or cloud.