The collection at risk : 400 hours of video records
The Romanian revolution of December 1989 is one of the key events of the “Fall of the Iron Curtain”. The event was broadcasted live by the Romanian Television. The Romanian Television Center was one of the battlefields of the revolution, with Studio 4 having been under severe attacks.
The Live Romanian Revolution collection contains 400 hours of video material, of which 120 h were broadcast live. The collection also contains material that was filmed, but never broadcast. It includes Beta SP, Umatic and 2 inch tapes which were in an advanced state of degradation and on the verge of being lost. The Romanian Television is the only owner of the collection.
Project and partners
This project, submitted to FIAT/IFTA in October 2013, was to restore, preserve, digitize the collection and make it accessible to the public.
Three partners were involved in the project, and this was essential for its success:
- FIAT/IFTA provided the necessary financial resources to acquire two editing suites and according software, as well on line storage.
- Cinelabs Romania provided the BETA SP cleaning services (machines and staff).
- TVR provided the playback equipment and the staff needed to manage the restoration and ingestion (4 technicians, 4 librarians, 2 editors).
Perspective and Impact
The equipment was operational in September 2014. The project was successfully completed in April 2015. The collection is accessible on www.euscreenxl.eu. The next stage is to connect the digital files to the future MAM system.
The impact is very positive:
- TVR Archive has now two editors who are trained about color correction and digital restoration
- The equipment granted was integrated into the digitization workflow established by the Technical Department of TVR. Thanks to the project, TVR is now trying to implement an entire digitization process.
Irina Negraru, the project manager says: “TVR Archive experience with the SYA program was a success and … it worked wonderful. We had the chance to build around the project funded through the SYA program a digitization workflow and to save other collections as well”.
Presentation at Save Your Archive Workshop, FIAT/IFTA World Conference 2014 in Amsterdam.