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Thursday, October 3 • 1:30pm - 5:00pm
W12: FFmpeg for audio-visual archivists (2)

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Over the past many years, an ecosystem of free and open source software for long-term digital preservation has been developed. One of the tools is FFmpeg, a solution for processing, transcoding, filtering, analysing, and playing audiovisual files. Due to its extensive and actively developed codec library, FFmpeg has been integrated as a crucial element into many film and video archives worldwide. This workshop will present why FFmpeg is relevant to archivists and how it can be applied for digital preservation of the the cultural heritage. Participants will learn how to install the software on their computers and master the use of it with audiovisual files. They will use the applications (FFmpeg itself includes a suite of applications) to perform several tasks, including lossless transcoding, technical inspection, timecode burn-in, compression for access, and quality control. Lessons and hands-on activities will alternate. Topics will include a refresher on digital audio and digital video; file structure: container, codec, raw data; different file formats for different purposes: archive master, mezzanine files for postproduction, access files; and audiovisual data transformations.

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Joshua Ng

Digital Preservation Analyst, Archives New Zealand
Joshua Ng is the Digital Preservation Analyst at Archives New Zealand. Usually he is responsible for ensuring processes are in place to maintain the integrity of the Government Digital Archive. Recently he has been heavily involved in Utaina!, a cross-agency joint AV Preservation... Read More →
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Reto Kromer

founder, AV Preservation by reto.ch
Having graduated in both mathematics and computer science, Reto Kromer became involved in audio-visual conservation and restoration thirty-six years ago. He has been running his own preservation company and lecturing at the Bern University of Applied Sciences, the Academy of Fine... Read More →

Thursday October 3, 2019 1:30pm - 5:00pm BST
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