CBA are Australia’s leading provider of integrated financial services, including retail, premium, business and institutional banking, funds management, superannuation, insurance, investment and share-broking products and services.
The Commonwealth Bank Documentation and Archives Centre serves internal needs and supplies information to the public about the organisation’s history and operations.
CBA holds a range of physical audiovisual formats in its archive, which contains a range of content from training materials to events to advertising materials. CBA identified that the content represents an important part of the bank’s history and identified a need to preserve it. After undertaking a survey of the collection the bank identified a need to digitise the collection. In order to achieve this, the bank had to look for an external partner to undertake the project.
The collection contained 191 cans of film containing approximately 119,000 feet of 16mm film and 61,000 feet of 35mm film. Parts of the collection had vinegar syndrome, which in some cases was severe.
DAMsmart was appointed to the project by the CBA. The collection was relocated to Canberra for the duration of the project. The film was registered, cleaned and encoded, including a primary colour grade. Each title was delivered back as a digital package that included Lossless JPEG2000.mxf for preservation, XDCAM HD.mxf for reproduction and for access an H.264.mov file.
Once encoded, the collection underwent manual and file-based QC, with a checksum created, before being archived to hard drive.
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