Project for migrating DV cassettes with HD signal awarded to Vectracom

13 Jun 2021

Do you remember Digital Video cassettes? These carriers had a digital signal and were mainly used in the 1990s and after the turn of the century. While converting these cassettes in DV, DVCAM or DVCPRO format, we discovered an unexpectedly large number of carriers with recordings made using an HD signal. Digitisation partner Vectracom will take care of migrating this extra batch later this year.

Digitisation partner Memnon converted the contents of almost 12,000 DV, DVCAM or DVCPRO cassettes into a sustainable digital file format in digitisation project 7 (2019-2021). Around 730 cassettes with recordings in an HD signal surfaced during this process. And since the migration of HD images was not included in the original tender, we decided to launch an additional one.

DV, DVCPRO and DVCAM cassette

The tendering procedure for digitally transferring these cassettes with an HD signal started in 2021, with three candidates taking part in the negotiation. French digitisation company Vectracom was ultimately chosen as the most suitable candidate because of its very impressive technical dossier and competitive pricing. We’re currently already collaborating with Vectracom to digitise films affected by vinegar syndrome, and have also called on their services in the past to digitise open reel video tapes. We’re already looking forward to this renewed collaboration!

The next stage?

The first step, in which our content partners registered the cassettes, is already complete. A launch meeting with Vectracom is already in the planning, which will be followed by a test phase in which a test batch will be selected from the approximately 730 cassettes. The chosen cassettes will be collected from the participating content partners to be sent to Vectracom in Paris. Then we can get started with the bulk of the cassettes. It is expected that the entire batch will be migrated before the end of 2021.

This tender differs only slightly from that of digitisation project 7. If you would still like to see the tender for the HD DV formats, please contact Lobke.