1 February 2005
Film specialist helps create and preserve archive of Dalai Lama’s teachings
TMR Digital, part of the VTR Media Services Group, has embarked on a two-year project that will see it digitise and build a vast video archive of original Tibetan culture, including teachings of the Dalai Lama. The website is www.meridian-trust.org and will go live in February.
TMR was commissioned by The Meridian Trust, a charity dedicated to preserving endangered original Tibetan and Buddhist culture through film and video. Since 1985 the trust has recorded around 2,500 hours of footage. The footage features unique teachings of The Dalai Lama, oral commentaries on important Buddhist philosophical texts, Tibetan medicine, folk traditions, arts and crafts, itinerant storytelling as well as film of daily life in Tibetan refugee communities in India.
As part of a project to make Tibetan and Buddhist culture more accessible via a multi-media website, TMR has already digitised the Dalai Lama’s teachings and a team led by project manager Vanessa Arden-Wood, is now working on digitising remaining parts of The Meridian Trust’s video archive.
In addition to this, TMR is creating preview clips that will enable visitors to the Trust’s new website to browse the archive when searching for footage or placing an order.
All the encoding for the project was done using TMR’s Digital Rapids encoding box.
“The main challenge of a project of this nature is putting together a site which has the ability to grow as more funds become available,” said Neil Lane, managing director, TMR. “The aim is to eventually expand the site to become a full multi-media information resource for all aspects of Tibetan culture and the Dalai Lama's teachings. This includes still images, resource videos, audio and scriptures.”
The Meridian Trust’s director, Dolma Beresford, added: “The Meridian Trust is delighted and highly impressed with the work TMR has done on our archive. We knew we had a huge challenge on our hands when our founding patron, The Dalai Lama, entrusted us with the task of helping to preserve Tibet's magnificent original culture through film and video. Thanks to the technical skills and generosity of TMR we have taken a massive step towards meeting this challenge. Soon, people all over the world will have access to this wonderful material as never before.”
About The Meridian Trust
The Meridian Trust is a charity dedicated to the preservation of Buddhist culture on film and video. The archive holds over 2,500 hours of footage focusing primarily on the endangered traditions of Tibet. We make programmes on these subjects available through our worldwide distribution network as well as providing rare archival footage to film and documentary makers. Please visit www.meridian-trust.org for more information.
Established in 1991, TMR has over 13 years’ experience of providing specialist restoration, digitisation, DVD authoring and telecine to the film, television, corporate and entertainment markets. It offers clients highly experienced operators with cutting edge technology.
Within TMR there are two key divisions. TMR Digital (formerly Clipstream) provides full DVD authoring and encoding facilities to media companies. It also reaches out into the wider corporate and blue chip market through its design, build and integration of customised digital asset management and website services.
TMR is the archive and restoration specialist, providing a full suite of optical and digital video and film restoration services at either SD or HD resolutions. It also includes London’s only traditional film treatment centre, as well as full feature film mastering and duplication facilities.
Clients include BFI, IWM, TWI, Pathé, Shed, HIT Entertainment, BBC Worldwide, BUFVC, British Movietone News, Getty Images and Walt Disney.
Please visit www.themachineroom.co.uk for more information.
Project: Dalai Lama website
Project manager: Vanessa Arden-Wood
Programmer: Reuben Rowe
Encoder: Gavin Ellis