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CONTENT An end-to-end solution by Kevin Shaw, technology and restoration lead, BBC Studios and Post Production Digital Media Services. B BC Studios and Post Production (BBC S&PP), a commercial subsidiary of the BBC, provides an end-to-end solution for what we refer to as “post-post- production.” Our services include preservation of media in our Front Porch DIVArchive and an end to end service that includes digitization of film and tape, quality control, technical review, compliance editing, restoration and remastering, transcoding (including viewing copies and proxies), file delivery, and hosting. As the industry transitions to file-based delivery and mastering, we saw a need for managed long-term archiving. Most of our customers already store digital files, but they don’t have a long-term archive solution. An archive requires considerable investment in hardware, software, and expertise. For many companies, the cost of a reliable single-owner archive is prohibitive and the risk of not having one is unacceptable. It may seem simple to go to the local computer store, buy a couple of USB disk drives, write the content to them and put them on the shelf. But that’s not a good long-term idea for media, as this sort of disk drive is designed to last no more than a few years in reasonably constant use. Leaving them on the shelf means they’ll almost certainly fail the first time you go back to them, so your media assets still have no protection. Most data loss is still due to operator error, and content on drives is at its greatest risk when it is being accessed. So assets are most vulnerable when they are most needed. An archive eliminates that risk by storing multiple instances of a file, and all operations are carried out on copies. The original instance is always left un-touched In the long term files and formats need periodic migration to remain accessible. Just as a tape format requires a specific deck to play it, disk and file formats need compatible file systems and software to remain playable. These migrations are included in the BBC S&PP service charge avoiding the costly one off transfer costs that tape owners are now facing. Content owners are seeing increasing benefits from accessing, distributing and monetising digital files rather 44 | KITPLUS - THE TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 102 JUNE 2015