The Imperial War Museums have always managed a film archive as part of their work, and their collection, which has now grown to over 23,000 hours of moving images, is actually one of the oldest film archives in the world. It comprises a wide and diverse range of material from public service information films, documentaries and official newsreels, to overt propaganda, dramatisations and amateur films shot by both civilians and service personnel.
With thousands of hours of this footage still only available on their original formats, we worked with the museum to begin the process of digitising the content, to both preserve the footage and make it more easily viewable for those making use of the archives.
With video decks, scanners and restoration equipment all in house, our specialist equipment allowed us to carefully digitise and restore a wide range of formats including Betamax, DVCAM, BetaSP, DigiBeta, Hi8, 1 inch and Betacam. The army recruitment commercial from 1998 above is just one of the many great finds we came across during the project.