1 July 2005
Digital media specialist creates online archive management tool
LONDON, 1 July 2005 : TMR Digital , part of The VTR Group, is set to make managing vast quantities of archive material simple and cost effective with The Archivist, its new online archive management tool.
The idea of developing The Archivist system was borne out of TMR Digital’s experience of building bespoke archive and asset management systems for clients such as Movietone, Getty Images and COI. The aim behind The Archivist is to have an off-the-shelf system that will keep the cost of archive management operations down. The archive management tool will be aimed at video, film and stills archive collections. This includes libraries, programme producers, broadcasters, museums, galleries basically anyone who has content they can make better use of online.
Currently in development, the product is a browser-based management tool that will allow users to generate revenue from archive material by managing and administering their databases. The Archivist removes the need to view VHS tapes or go hunting for material in a vault. By placing the archive in the online domain, it makes the process no more complicated than clicking a mouse.
Users, and their customers, can log in from anywhere in the world and store, search, preview and order videos and stills, as well as upload and download content. In addition, it can track orders, run audits and enable secure browser-based database searches.
The product is specifically geared for video archives, with support for video built in to the software. Unlike many asset management systems, it’s also designed with archive management in mind, rather than news or production environments. The Archivist will be available either as a turnkey solution or as a standalone software package. Once encoded, material is held on The Archivist database, with hosting and management of the entire operation done either by TMR Digital or by the customers themselves.
“It’s become an expectation that if you have an archive, it’s available online. We’ve come across a lot of clients that don’t have the budget for big bespoke archive systems. This is an affordable and effective alternative,” says Vanessa Arden-Wood, online services director, TMR Digital. “With The Archivist, clients will be able to compete with the big players in the market and regain control of what happens to their archive.”
The Archivist will be available as a beta version in late September, with a product ready to ship by the end of the year.
Established in 1991, TMR has over 14 years’ experience of providing specialist restoration, digitisation, DVD authoring and telecine services 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 most advanced 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.
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