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Storage of tapes in an archive need to be easily accessible for future use, otherwise what is the point in having the media if you can not find it when it’s needed? Through the use of some LTO software, features are accessible that allow you to see what tapes have been used and the metadata. However having your tapes stored elsewhere in order of use can be just as helpful . Creating a physical library of previously used tapes can aid in the retrieval of the media. When exporting for archive, making sure the format retains the most information is essential for future proofing of your projects. Exporting final sequences at the highest quality, for example 4k, even though the broadcast version may only be 1080i (or even less!). This will ensure that if the project or footage is to be broadcast at 4k it can be encoded to suit the new broadcast format without the loss of quality. This can also be helpful if the broadcasters equipment is changed thus requiring a different encode, to prevent loss of quality a high master encode can be exported initially. So for example within the CCI studio’s archive I have been exporting to Avid codec DNxHD codec. This allows for the retaining of quality for future encodes and the codec is freely available as a download from the Avid website. Over the past few months acting as the post production archive manager I have cemented my aims of working within post production, I used to have a belief that I would hopefully end up as an offline editor, however this has created a whole new world that I could get into. I have enjoyed creating and understanding the best way to approach archiving that can be used in the future, and I’ve learned that I can manage my time to enable me to create this asset. As for looking after media, I am no longer thinking about just where I am going to store the media, but also consider methods of retrieval as well. This has determined how I have set-up all of my folder structures behind all of the file systems that I use, not just the archive system set up. It has also reconfirmed my skills within Avid Media Composer and Unity ISIS to help me use it effectively and efficiently. This has been a very trying few months, and there have been moments that I seemed to get smothered with information, however once breaking down all of the stages of the project I found it less overwhelming and a better approach to the project at hand. THE MORE STORAGE SPACE NEEDED, THE MORE MONEY IS REQUIRED Furthering my research into this project I will be looking at media asset management systems as well as different ways in which digital asset management can be utilised within the project. I want to keep improving my knowledge as well as the improvement on the archive workflow itself. I hope you have enjoyed reading this, it has been a pleasure to inform you of what I have been doing as well as what I hope to do in the future. #TVFutures KITPLUS - THE TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 109 JANUARY 2016 | 35