DAVID Systems’ DigaSystem Solution for Audio and Video Processing in the “Memories of Forced Labor” Project
DAVID Systems, a Munich-based product and system solutions provider, is supporting the "Memories of Forced Labor" project by providing a zero-cost systems solution for the digitization, editing, management, and playout of the collected audiovisual sources. "Memories of Forced Labor" is a joint project of the German government s "Remembrance, Responsibility and Future" foundation, Freie Universität Berlin, and the German Historical Museum in Berlin.
The archive contains 1,200 audio recordings and 800 video recordings of interviews with contemporary witnesses, and will provide online access for education and research to 600 life stories by Nazi regime victims from 27 different countries (www.erinnerungen-an-zwangsarbeit.org). The aim of the project is to aid the preservation of individual memories, and to encourage further societal, educational, and academic engagement in the lives of forced laborers. DigaSystem supports the project by providing a technological basis for the digitization, editing, and management of the audiovisual sources.
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Project workers at CeDiS / Center for Digital Systems (Freie Universität Berlin) are currently digitizing the interviews, which were collected on a variety of tape formats by the German Historical Museum. "In order for the sources to be accessible to a wide range of digital formats in the future, we are importing the audio and video data at a very high quality using our high-performance workstations. From there, they are automatically replicated to a file server," explains Michael Burkhardt, DAVID Systems Project Manager.
Also during the ingest stage, the metadata from the project s MySQL database is linked to the corresponding audio and video files. "This greatly simplifies the archiving and management of the media," says Dr. Nicolas Apostolopoulos, Head of CeDiS. "The DAVID Systems solution is perfect for us - it lets us automatically optimize our source files for the different access formats. The system is both uncomplicated and flexible."
For more information about DAVID Systems and its products and services, please visit the company online at www.davidsystems.com.
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DAVID Systems has been developing products and system solutions for the broadcast market since 1991, with a focus on radio, TV, and associated Internet services. DAVID Systems is an abbreviation of Digital Audio & Video Integration & Development.
The broad product portfolio represents all fields in a typical broadcast workflow as a single, unified system environment - from multimedia production to data exchange and file transfer through to play-out and broadcast process control. DAVID Systems products are, without exception, network capable, centrally administrable, based on standard industry platforms, and use a shared content management system. Open interfaces facilitate integration with third-party systems.
A highly motivated team in Germany and the US ensure that new trends are recognized quickly, evaluated, and rapidly implemented in close consultation with our customers and partners. DAVID Systems' client base includes well-known broadcast organizations, some with over 2,000 networked workstations in both European and North American core markets.
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