The Crawford Report
descriptive-metadata
13 June 2017 - 12:29, by , in Media Management, Metaforce, Comments off
Most content owners have recognized the need for descriptive metadata. But taking the first steps toward writing metadata is a daunting task. What metadata will be most useful? How should it be formalized for consistency? How to ensure it will be compatible with DAM systems? Who is available to write it with the correct understanding...
vhs-digitization
5 June 2017 - 12:24, by , in LIFT, Comments off
Recently a segment on NPR’s popular All Things Considered program brought to light the importance of digitizing VHS tapes. As the formats age, the magnetic media becomes more and more difficult to play back. The Crawford LIFT service helps keep this priceless media alive by migrating it to digital formats. Let us help you establish...
mtv-vault-project
14 April 2017 - 14:35, by , in Case Studies, Metaforce, Comments off
Metaforce, Crawford’s cloud-based, descriptive metadata solution, specializes in onshore human generated descriptive metadata and clip selection. When Viacom specified metadata tagging as part of its MTV Vault Project, Metaforce was the ideal solution to meet the challenge. The immediate success of the project – allowing all MTV teams from MTV News to programming, promos, press...
Quantum-Lattus-archive-storage
1 March 2017 - 8:00, by , in AMBER, Case Studies, Comments off
When Crawford Media Services realized that the data it was archiving for clients was quickly outgrowing the scale and resilience limits of RAID technology, the company looked for a better alternative—one that could create an archive of unlimited size and preserve digital assets in perpetuity with 100% reliability. The answer combined Quantum’s Lattus object storage...
quantum-lattus
2 February 2017 - 8:00, by , in AMBER, Press Releases, Comments off
Quantum Corp. (NYSE: QTM) today announced that Atlanta-based Crawford Media Services is using Quantum Lattus® object storage to build a content repository that supports mass migration of its clients’ legacy content to digital formats and provides ongoing media storage and management. Designed to hold an initial 1.2 petabytes of archived assets as well as content ingested...
lift-case-study
1 January 2017 - 8:00, by , in Case Studies, LIFT, No comments
Previously unseen footage from the documentary series, Eyes on the Prize is now available, thanks to a grant from the NHPRC, and a collaboration between the Washington University Libraries Film & Media Archive and Crawford Media Services. The footage had been practically inaccessible since the original elements were in a raw, unfinished state. The project involved...
fort-gordon
15 September 2016 - 17:06, by , in Case Studies, LIFT, Comments off
In Q1 of 2009, Crawford LIFT was contracted to do a migration project for the U.S. Army Signal Corps, located at Fort Gordon, Georgia. The collection consisted of 2,509 programs on a wide variety of video formats including 1” C-format, U-Matic, Betacam SP, VHS, D-2 and DVC Pro.   The collection’s tapes – especially the 1”...
14 September 2016 - 8:00, by , in Case Studies, LIFT, Comments off
In 2011, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting selected Crawford LIFT to provide digitization service for the American Archive Project. A substantial undertaking, the task as outlined was to digitize 35,000 hours of audio and video content across 55,000 tapes, and transcode another 5,000 hours of born digital content from approximately 100 stations from across the nation....
site-visits
9 August 2016 - 7:17, by , in Media Management, Comments off
No matter the industry, customers have countless vendors willing to take the job. So how does a procurement specialist narrow down the list of potential vendors? One of the most proven strategies for vendor research is the site visit.   In the matter of media migration, organizations have to be comfortable sending priceless assets to...
erasure-code
26 July 2016 - 7:12, by , in AMBER, Comments off
Recently, a Quantum Lattus storage system was installed to upgrade our digital archive. Using a cutting edge technology known as erasure code, Lattus provides a level of immunity to system failure and data corruption not previously achievable.   Chief Technical Officer Steve Davis discussed erasure code and its significance to our digital archive service:  ...