Watch This: ‘Digitising the BBC archive’

Watch This

‘Watch This’ is an occasional column showcasing clips and shorts accessible online, featuring both digitised archival moving images and movies that touch on issues to do with film archiving, history and heritage.

*Contains flashing images!*

A few years ago, I went on a guided tour of the good ship Perivale (i.e. the BBC Archive Centre) as part of my archive training and enjoyed it immensely. I even got to hear playback of a wax cylinder! Here’s a neat wee video that explains the basic workflow of digitising tens of thousands of D-3 tapes from the 1990s, including quality control and storage on LTO. I’m no preservationist (much as I’d like to be) and I’m certainly not a digitisation or data expert, so I appreciate the effort to communicate the complex issues and processes involved. Plus you get some nice shots of rolling stacks and BBC Television Centre – sigh.

Flippin’ heck, Tucker!

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