The United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda has embarked on a project to migrate its video recordings to high-resolution digital video files for the purpose of ensuring the long-term preservation its unique records.
Front Porch Digital, provider of the SAMMA and Diva families of tools for the migration and preservation of videotape to digital files, is contracted to tackle the project, expected to total 30,000 hours long at the end of the ICTR's mandate.
The Tribunal has since 1999 produced video recordings of its trial proceedings, but has not transferred the videotapes to digital formats for long-term preservation and accessibility. ICTR is also conducting the in-house digitization of master audio recordings of the trial proceedings.
All digital audio and video files created as a result of this project will be reviewed and edited by the Court Management Section's Audio-Visual Redaction staff. As a result, redacted versions of all recordings of the trial proceedings will be generated, which can then be made available to researchers, legal professionals, broadcasters and news agencies, the people of Rwanda, and the international community at large.
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