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Memnon Partners With TSA

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Memnon and audiovisual solutions specialist Telefónica Servicios Audiovisuales (TSA) have announced a partnership that will preserve more than 200,000 hours of content from Spanish public television archives.

TSA, a Telefónica Group company, is responsible for the project management, infrastructure supply and coordination of the audiovisual archive of Spain's largest state-owned public media company, Radio-Televisión Española (RTVE), and has agreed to a three-year contract with Memnon to provide digitisation/migration services for an estimated 205,035 Betacam tapes. The tapes belong to RTVE’s divisions in 12 regional centres spread across the Spanish territory, as well as a production centre in the Canary Islands, and include approximately 198,220 hours of footage.

Memnon's support will significantly accelerate the broadcaster's efforts to migrate its extensive video archive. For RTVE, the project will result in greater efficiency in production and deliver significant savings in space and maintenance costs for assets with demanding conservation requirements. It will also facilitate access to and dissemination of this regional content and enable the use of Artificial Intelligence techniques such as voice transcription and automatic indexing for all digitised content.

TSA will work with Memnon to ensure each step of the migration process is carried out to the highest quality and security standards. This includes selecting, packing, palletising and transporting the tapes from RTVE’s regional centres to Memnon’s media processing facility in Brussels. Telefónica is also responsible for RTVE’s infrastructure expansion to accommodate all the new content that will be digitised, such as providing extra hardware and software including servers, storage and MAM features.

TSA will provide additional infrastructure at Memnon’s facility to ease the integration with RTVE’s existing system. Additionally, TSA will supply both human and technical resources to verify files against tape information, enabling content to be standardised into RTVE’s existing format. This arrangement also allows for human quality checks to be carried out remotely.

Memnon will complete this project using a meticulously designed workflow solution that prioritises robotics, orchestration and automated tracking and reporting. Human intervention will also be strategically integrated at critical points throughout the process. The automated processes deliver substantial benefits in time efficiency, scalability and cost-effectiveness, while manual processes act as a safeguard, ensuring the integrity of the migrated files by imposing qualitative checks at key moments such as tape preparation and quality control. To achieve round-the-clock ingest and sustain optimal throughput efficiency, Memnon will employ a proficient and experienced team of media operators, working three-person shift rotations.

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