U.K.: Imperial War Museum Archive Goes HD, Online With ATG Broadcast

The upgrade to HD also coincides with an online access project, which will make browse-resolution clips from the museum’s film and video archive viewable on the Internet.
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Systems integrator ATG Broadcast has begun work on a technical upgrade for the five-branch Imperial War Museum, expanding resources for the Video Room at the museum's aviation branch in Duxford, Cambridge, including the installation of a high-definition video recorder with supporting infrastructure.

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A still from the archival film of the Battle of the Somme (World War I)

"Our archived content is frequently used by television documentary producers, many of whom are now working in 1080i HD," said David Walsh, head of preservation at the Imperial War Museum.

ATG Broadcast is upgrading the video duplication and signal manipulation facilities at Imperial War Museum Duxford from SD to multi-definition. The museum is also augmenting its film transfer operation with a high-resolution 2K scanner, which will produce files for ingest into a digital data store. These will then be forwarded to mirrored servers in the museum sites in Duxford and London.

"We will be supplying and installing a full broadcast-standard system to meet the highest quality requirements of HD documentary program-makers," said ATG Broadcast Proposals Manager Alastair MacDonald.

Equipment includes a Sony HDW-1800 HDCAM video recorder with integral SD-HD upconverter and HD-SD downconverter, ATG Broadcast and Crystal Vision interfaces, Electronic Visuals HD/SD component and composite waveform monitors plus JVC LCD picture monitors.

The upgrade to HD also coincides with an online access project, which will make browse-resolution clips from the museum’s film and video archive viewable on the Internet.

The task is being supervised by Project Engineer Erik Olafsen, reporting to Projects Director Dave Whitaker. Installation is scheduled for completion by April 9.

The Imperial War Museum is the national museum of the experiences of people who have lived, fought and died in conflicts involving Britain and the Commonwealth since 1914. Its five branches are Imperial War Museum London, with six floors of exhibitions and displays; Churchill Museum and Cabinet War Rooms, housed in Churchill's secret headquarters below Whitehall; the World War II cruiser HMS Belfast; Imperial War Museum Duxford, a world renowned aviation museum and former Second World War airfield; and Imperial War Museum North, housed in a spectacular award-winning building designed by Daniel Libeskind.

ATG Broadcast Ltd is part of the Danmon Systems Group, a division of DanTechnologies.

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