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As television and broadcast facilities change over to digital broadcasting the need for a digital video archive becomes apparent. Data rates for video are increasing dramatically as more stations move towards broadcasting in Digital Video 25 standard definition (DV25 SD) and High Definition (HD). Many studio cameras no longer have tape cartridges in them, instead they use 1394 fire wire for a direct connection or store recorded video on a hard disk, flash memory or optical media. Many stations also now process video directly from camera to their Non Linear Editing (NLE) systems. Recording to videotape is no longer an option, but archives must still be created. The answer lies in a digital video archive system that can be tailored to match the needs of the facility.

But what should you look for in a system? This white paper will help you decide what system will serve you well now, and in the future.

Key items for consideration are: • Size of the archive • What to do with legacy footage • Selecting a format to store video • Future growth • Adding media asset management • Workflow, workflow and workflow • Who will access the archive • Webcasting • Access from NLEs

First, you need to figure out the size of archive you will need now and how much it will grow over time. The first part is easy as you know how many hours of video you are creating right now, but what do you want to do with your existing footage? This is a trade off: do you convert the video content on your old tapes to a new digital format to store them, or do you leave the existing video library alone and only archive your new content? The problem becomes more complex if you add asset management to your new archive, as you now have to decide if you wish to catalogue the legacy footage, as well.
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