Front Porch Digital DIVArchive Installed at Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision

The Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision (NIBG) has installed a Front Porch Digital DIVArchive to manage its broadcast and film files. DIVArchive gives the Institute ā€” one of the largest A/V archives in Europe ā€” a complete in-house workflow and centralized archive, which ensures more control and a quicker response time than with its previous solution.

NIBG is using DIVArchive to archive A/V content that has been broadcast and scanned. The institute will also move all of its assets that are now archived at Ericsson (formerly Technicolor) into its new in-house digital archive. When that process is complete, the DIVArchive system will manage 10 PB of DPX files and 6 PB of broadcast files.

NIBG purchased a DIVArchive system with an unlimited-capacity license, 11 DIVArchive Actors that move content throughout various workflow systems, and several options such as timecode-based partial file restore, storage plan manager, and disaster recovery via a second robot. DIVArchive gives Sound and Vision important features it didn’t have before, including complete object management of D10, XDCAM, and multiple other video formats; scalability; disaster recovery; tape-grouping capabilities; DPX support; and the ability to retrieve specific portions of files. NIBG will eventually move the DPX archive to DIVArchive V7.0 in order to take advantage of that version’s AXF support.

“We preserve a major part of the Dutch A/V heritage and make it accessible to broadcasters, journalists, educators, and others via the Web, so the partial file restore capability is especially important,” said Phillip Maher, NIBG manager of preservation and digitization. “With that feature, you can extract directly from the archive only the portion of video you need, which will help our users retrieve their content and complete their projects much more quickly and efficiently.”

DIVArchive, a leading content storage management (CSM) system, is a centralized content repository for digital media assets regardless of format, size, or type, with direct and proven interfaces into all leading broadcast devices, nonlinear editing platforms, media asset management solutions, and broadcast control systems. DIVArchive is the industry standard for CSM in broadcast, production, education, government, and historical archiving. DIVArchive’s suitability for mission-critical applications and large-scale operations is further enhanced through a uniquely scalable architecture and the option to operate over multiple sites.

“By adding capabilities to the workflow that didn’t exist before, DIVArchive makes it much easier for the NIBG to fulfill its responsibility for managing the country’s A/V heritage and making it accessible to the people,” said Rino Petricola, Front Porch Digital SVP and managing director. “These improvements come from an off-the-shelf product that requires no development or customization, and completely integrates with NIGB’s existing workflow.”

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