Unified Archiving of Video and Radio Material at SRF

Since the end of June, a wealth of both audio and video material is available to the journalists at Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen (SRF) in the FARO archive system.

FARO is a media archive system which was custom-designed by SCS. The system has been in use at SRF since 2007, where it is used to archive all of SRF’s in-house productions. As part of the merger between radio and television, FARO should be equipped with new functionalities for archiving radio broadcasts.

The extensions have now been successfully put into operation, thus paving the way for the management of audio material inside FARO. During the next twelve months, the contributions from the existing radio archive system will be gradually migrated to FARO. The migration takes place automatically and in parallel to the daily activities performed with FARO.

Together with the SRF employees, SCS has conducted a needs assessment, drafted the specifications, implemented the extensions in the FARO archive system and finally integrated third-party components.


Key Figures

• Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen archives radio broadcasts since 1933 and television broadcasts since 1954. The archiving of radio programs remained very selective until 2006, and until 1990 the only video material that was archived were the TV reports, and not the entire programs.

• FARO currently features more than 840,000 video recordings in its database, and another 880,000 audio recordings have recently been added with the integration of the radio archive.

• The integration of the radio archive brings approximately 800 new users to FARO. FARO is thus now being used by around 2,500 users at SRF.
• The total volume of the audio files to be integrated amounts to about 96 terabytes. 10TB are added annually to the radio archive. In addition, in the coming years up to 100 TB of audio files will be imported from digitization projects.


SCS’s Contribution

• Needs analysis together with SRF personnel
• Specification and implementation of the planned extensions to the FARO archive system
• Integration of third-party components

Grafik

The new media player with envelope curve view and audio level is an important part of the implemented extensions for the management of radio recordings.

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