|A project for the preservation of French overseas has been initiated by the French Senate. They designated INA to supervise the operations and they launched 2 European appeals for tenders by 2012. One was for the contents located at the head-quarter in Malakoff, near Paris and one for the contents located in the French overseas territories. Vectracom was awarded for both contracts.
To manage the content in the overseas territories, Vectracom created a system made of 16 ingest channels. Each channel can manage Betacam or DVC pro. The system was built in fly cases small enough for transportation in small planes as required in some areas. It has been designed by vectracom engineering team that’s also in charge of the set-up at every location.
Operations started in 2012 with content of St Pierre et Miquelon before managing content in Martinique, New Caledonia and now Guyana. At each location, local operators are hired and trained by our permanent project leaders who stay with the system from the beginning. During the six years of the project, the system will go through the 9 French Overseas territories. At the end a total, of 140 000 hours of programmes will be digitised. Created files are provided to the local stations of the broadcaster “France Outremer” providing the original contents. As they are in charge of the contents preservation, INA receives also a copy of every file on LTO cartridges.
The tapes are repaired, cleaned and baked as required as storage conditions have not always been optimum in the overseas territories which are hot and humid.