Digitization and migration of tape archives

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Improve the quality, longevity and accessibility of content while reducing costs


Digitization ensures quality and preserves content for the future


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Consumer experience:

Consumers benefit from simplified access to content

Cost savings:

Reduced costs for storage and production

Migrating tape archives for a digital future

Television archives are an important part of our collective memory and contain unique testimonies of our history. But outdated storage media, such as videotapes, are subject to constant decay.

Atos is one of the world’s leading service providers in the field of digitized content. Our clients benefit from our end-to-end approach. Our Competence Center specialists in Vienna, together with our partner NOA, support our clients throughout the entire project, from consulting and project management to quality control and assurance of digitized content.


In order not to disrupt the daily workflow, a well-thought-out logistics concept is essential:

    • Check-out: Atos ensures an optimized mix of content to create a balanced load. A special process ensures the completeness of tapes
    • For transport (acc. IASA TC05), the tapes are professionally packed and protected
    • Check-in: By using barcodes, Atos trigger metadata transfer and register tapes.

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Quality assurance

In addition to the technical quality assurance, Atos has the know-how to identify digital and analog errors in image and sound in a highly specialized process with the help of the products of its partner, JOANNEUM. This process also includes detailed documentation and categorization of the errors found, which can be transferred in the client’s Media Asset Management (MAM), including corresponding time codes.

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Technical realization

Atos uses technology from our partner NOA, like NOA Frame Lector™, NOA VTRi™, to deliver optimal results. Through a powerful two-step cleaning process, the source material is optimally prepared for digitization. Our specialists detect transfer issues and can minimize them within the ingest process.

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Final control

Atos specialists perform a final manual check in the customer’s Media Asset Management (MAM) of all delivered content in terms of existing and generated metadata (name, length, audio, and video format). This ensures the best possible quality for the end product.

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Client stories

Moving from the past to the future for an Austrian broadcaster

For Österreichischer Rundfunk (ORF), the Austrian national public service broadcaster, it was time to end the costly and unproductive cycle of continual media format migrations.

Read how Atos turned their physical tape archive into a file-based resource, migrating 300,000 hours of content - or 600,000 individual tapes - into digital.

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Key contacts

Christoph Schramm

Head of Media Competency CE

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