Irish Film Institute
Project: Consultancy, technical design and system integration, equipment supply and installation
Dates: August 2014 - October 2014
The Irish Film Institute’s Irish Film Archive works to acquire, preserve and make Ireland’s moving image heritage. They hold one of the largest collections of film and film-related materials in Ireland – 30,000 cans of film and 20,000 tapes - with much of the country’s early visual history preserved by amateurs due to the lack of film studios and laboratories in Ireland before the 1950s.
In 2014, the Institute was awarded government funding to install a complete scalable and modular digital ingest and archive solution in order to digitise the remaining 70% of the archive still held on the original source materials.
The project involved the Institute upgrading their telecine, editing and archiving equipment. They also wanted to futureproof their workflow for the digital content age whilst preserving traditional methods and keeping costs down.
We worked with both the Institute and a specialist audio-visual preservation company to create a solution tailor-made to meet the Institute’s objectives and budget.
We used our expertise in the archive field to design and install a system that coupled Avid-based ingest, editing, grading and restoration with Strongbox LTO-based deep archive. The solution enabled the Institute to begin work on a major project to digitise 2,000 TV adverts from the 1960s and 70s.