There is a specific set of TV Shows that were produced in the
late-1980s to the mid-1990s that are in danger of loss. These TV shows were 'shot' on film and final edited on videotape. Importantly, there is no existing roadmap between the final edited TV Show and the original film. These TV Shows only exist on videotape.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology concluded that, "magnetic recording media today are sufficiently stable that only short-term (10 to 20 years) storage is practical." They further concluded that "magnetic recording media cannot be recommended for long-term (over 20 years) storage because of difficulty in maintaining software, hardware and documentation; provision for repeated file conversion can overcome this limitation." National Materials Advisory Board Publication NMAB-432 Report Chairman P. Adelstein, Materials Science Division, Eastman Kodak Company.
Employing the recommended storage of 10 years places more that eighty percent of the above referenced TV Shows in jeopardy. The earliest of these TV Shows will violate the NIST 20-year timeframe.
Below is an operator's view of our Digital Matchback process. Our servers compare millions of frames of the film with the master video to arrive at a match. The screen below is one of the triple verification steps we employ prior to creating and Edit Decision List (EDL). The latter is the 'roadmap' between the finished video and the original film. It consists of a comprehensive set of instructions for the negative cutter.