The film and video archive of the IWM is one of the oldest film archives in the world, with expanding collections extending to over 20,000 hours of film and videotape in a variety of formats. Previously, around one third of this material had on-line documentation but there was no on-line access to any moving images.
At the heart of IWM’s new system is the Imagen Media Control Centre. This manages any number of user generated workflows, all created with an easy to use drag and drop user interface. Imagen integrates with the AdLib collections management software (as used for BFI’s CID).
The workflows are capable of ingesting, transcoding, storing and distributing IWM’s digital content.
Imagen allows the IWM to ingest DPX frame content from its film scanner. A workflow creates a series of browse assets while the high resolution scans are written to LTO Tape by the Spectra Logic T950.
When new media is digitised it is added to the original record in the collections management database, cataloguers are able to enhance the metadata at any time.