DAMsmart Digitises WA State Library 16mm and U-matic Archives

Audiovisual digitisation, management and access solution provider, DAMsmart, has been awarded a one year preferred supplier contract by the State Library of Western Australia for the provision of digitisation services for 16mm film and U-matic video.
The State Library of Western Australia (SLWA) endeavours to identify, collect, preserve and make accessible Western Australia’s motion picture collection to both government agencies and public. The SLWA holds significant moving image collections in a variety of formats capturing unique images of Western Australia’s heritage. As part of an ongoing process, SLWA identified a need to transfer the most at risk and significant films and U-matic items within the State Library’s collection to a digital format. 
SLWA Chief Executive Officer and State Librarian Margaret Allen said reformatting film to digital formats was important for preservation purposes.
“We want to preserve our valuable film and video collections that have a finite life, ” Ms Allen said. “However, we don’t have the equipment to undertake the digitisation of these formats ourselves so we sought a partner that could deliver the same high standard of work that we expect from our own organisation.”
DAMsmart will be delivering the SLWA with HD (1920 x 1080P) Lossless JPEG2000 in MXF, IMX50 and H.264 proxies for the 16mm collection. For the U-matic video collection DAMsmart is creating SD Lossless JPEG2000 in MXF, IMX50 and H.264 proxies. The files will be delivered back to the SLWA on pre-configured NAS appliances.
Joe Kelly, DAMsmart ‘s General Manager, said “It’s great to be working with another Australian collecting institution. DAMsmart’s service is founded on providing preservation outcomes that meet global standards. Our proven workflows will ensure the integrity of the SLWA collection is uncompromised from the beginning to the end of the project.”
DAMsmart has already commenced digitising film and U-matic video for SLWA.


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