Netia chosen by SONUMA for digital archive project

GlobeCast-owned broadcast software specialist Netia has announced that Belgium’s SONUMA, a subsidiary of RTBF and the publicly funded company responsible for the digitization and commercialization of RTBF’s audiovisual archives, is implementing the Netia content management system to manage tens of thousands of hours of archive video and audio.

Netia said its CMS will simplify the task of preserving, managing, and accessing content within SONUMA’s rapidly growing digital library, which in turn will support hundreds of RTBF journalists and enable delivery of archived media to the company’s partner news organizations.

The RTBF audio and video collection comprises 120,000 hours of content on all variety of media, including VCR tape, DAT tape, LP, MD, and 16mm film. SONUMA developed its own process of metadata consolidation from various metadata sources and formats, along with metadata collected through segmentation. Within this workflow, third-party software performs automatic speech-to-text transcription. Both metadata and media are ingested into the Netia system, which in turn allows archivists to perform fast searches of stored content.

The Netia CMS organizes media management processes, harmonizes exchanges between different applications, handles prioritization across the system, and automates content distribution processes. To streamline content delivery itself, the CMS provides tools for content packaging, metadata tagging, and rights management, with workflow-supervision guiding these processes.

Netia will be exhibiting at IBC on Stand 1.A29

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