Library migration is an essential consideration whether you are a content owner/producer, a national archive or a rights holder. In a digital age where practically everything is now produced – and delivered – in a file-based format, it is easy to overlook the sheer volume of content that is still stored on legacy-format media. But by overlooking that content, you are also overlooking its value, both as something that should be preserved and as an asset that can be monetised and revitalised as a source of income.
Often this archive content may not have seen the light of day for years. This might be because it isn’t accurately catalogued. Or there may have been no commercial justification to think about doing anything with it. Even so, it isn’t too late to breathe new life into this content. Indeed the fact it has been stored away for so long makes it all the more pressing to consider undertaking a library migration project to preserve your content before it’s too late and your tapes deteriorate beyond saving. And once your assets have been digitised, you will find many more doors open to you in terms of what you choose to do with it next.
In the case of preservation, migrating your library allows you to secure the longevity of your assets, storing them in a digital format and thus negating risk of the tape decaying. And this also leads to a reduction in the physical storage space you need, which will deliver both financial and practical benefits.
These two points go for commercial libraries too. The significant added incentive is that once your tapes are in a digital format, it opens up the prospect of monetising your content. At this point the argument for library migration becomes self-justifying: the cost of the migration can be recouped many times over by being able to generate income. There has been an explosion in the demand for content driven by VOD providers such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu and Disney+. And that means there is a huge market ripe for leveraging your video assets.
The sections below detail some of the key steps and technical aspects around undertaking a library migration project, as well as explaining the services and expertise our team at LMH can provide to help you protect, revitalise and profit from your precious content.