Even Films Need a Lot of Storage

IBM says it is working with Thought Equity Motion, Inc., a provider of video platform and rights development services, collaborating on a major film digitization and preservation project for the EYE Film Institute Netherlands. The project involves scanning and storing more than 150 million discrete DPX files involving 37,000 films dating back over 100 years. (Digital Picture Exchange is the worldwide standard for transferring film images to a digital medium with no loss of quality.) 

According to IBM, the collaboration cuts the long-term data storage costs of EYE's project by 50%, allowing EYE to store master quality files (2K DPX) instead of compressed proxy versions. This is achieved without increasing EYE's local IT support costs and, in turn, enables more of the Dutch national archive to be made accessible for theatrical, cultural, educational, and commercial use. As part of its Platform Services offering, Thought Equity Motion is tapping IBM's open source Long Term File system (LTFS), which uses LTO-5 tape drive technology to provide a simpler, more cost-efficient way to access and manage massive video and film archives.

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