Case Study – BFI
Rohde & Schwarz CLIPSTER assists BFI’s Unlocking Film Heritage project
“To address the challenges presented by the UFH project and to facilitate the digital mastering of new productions, Clipster provides us with an all-embracing toolset”
BFI’s Film Forever five-year plan to engender a vibrant film culture and prosperous UK film industry is underpinned by an ambition to unlock the heritage held in the National Archive, one of the largest and diverse collections of films and TV programmes in the world. To assist the Unlocking Film Heritage (UFH) project and to create Distribution Masters for new BFI funded UK features such as ‘Mr Turner’ and ‘Suffragette,’ the BFI is using R&S Clipster, supplied through re-seller root6.
“With the aim of digitising and making available 10,000 films in the Film Forever plan, the ability to handle large files efficiently in a streamlined operation was essential,” said BFI Film Conservation Manager Kieron Webb. “Clipster is helping us across a range of preservation and distribution activities from the creation of Digital Cinema Distribution Masters, through DCPs to the content for our multi-platform VOD offering, BFI Player. Its ability to work with a range of file formats, handle large files and play them back in real time is very beneficial.”
The goal of the UFH programme is to ensure that the people of the UK, filmmakers, educationalists, researchers and other users can access and enjoy the full range of their rich screen heritage, regardless of where they live or where that heritage is held. To that end BFI Player was introduced to bring the best of the National Archive together with classic and contemporary global cinema to a multi-platform subscription service. Many films are also free to watch including those in ‘Britain on Film,’ where viewers can search by location to discover archive film spanning 120 years of Britain’s history.
In helping to deliver such an abundance of material, Clipster enables the BFI to perform all aspects of the workflow in a single system including online editing, conversion to the required output formats, colour correction and restoration.
Now in its 6th Generation, R&S Clipster benefits from an enhanced high-precision colour processing engine. In combination with extended IMF J2K profiles for high dynamic range (HDR), Clipster provides higher resolutions, frame rates and bit depth.
“For us, versatility was key,” Webb concludes. ”We’d previously experienced Clipster in use by post facilities working on BFI projects and were aware of its capabilities. To address the challenges presented by the UFH project and to facilitate the digital mastering of new productions, Clipster provides us with an all-embracing toolset.”