It's DAMsmart! Behind the scenes: photos

It's DAMsmart! Behind the scenes: photos

Summary: Australian media preservation and digitisation company DAMsmart is responsible for processing thousands and thousands of hours of culturally significant footage. Here's a glimpse at some of the tech used behind-the-scenes at their Canberra office.

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    Baked not fried! Ageing collections need to be handled carefully, and often there's only one chance to preserve them. DAMsmart uses a range of video conversion techniques to do this; in this case, Andrew Martin is placing obsolete tapes into an environmental chamber (which is essentially an oven) to be baked and cleaned for rejuvenation.

    This enables DAMsmart to recondition tapes that are very old to get a good replay out of them.

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    Audiovisual assets are registered in the DAMsmart databases for work-flow tracking. Projects are managed by barcodes.

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    DAMsmart's storage facility for archived media. Kirstie Day is double-checking the inventory and physical holdings of customer archival libraries. This is where the original tapes and pieces are stored.

Topics: Government, Government AU

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