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News: NOA’s New VideoScanner Solves Long-Term Access Conundrum for Archive Owners
on Aug 25, 2014 at 2:42:18 pm

(Vienna, Austria--August 25, 2014) NOA (IBC 8.D91) has announced VideoScanner, an ingest and normalisation solution that creates lossless video archives in a format to suit long-term access and preservation strategies.

To overcome the lack of a market-dominant lossless archive format with wide vendor support, NOA’s VideoScanner uses a combination of mathematically lossless formats based on royalty-free open source technology to create lossless encoded files in the native source pixelformats (8bit 4:2:0 – 10bit 4:4:4) Future access to these formats is assured indefinitely, and decoders are available today for every computer operating system.

VideoScanner imports most MXF OP1a and AVI files in a wide range of codecs (AVC Intra50/100, VC-3 [DNxHD], XDCAM HD 422, IMX D-10, FFv1, FFvHuff, …) together with up to 32 audio channels to produce the normalized archive. The lossless base format guarantees that copies subsequently created in production formats will always be supplied at the highest quality, and never suffer from lossy-to-lossy transcodings.

To streamline the ingest process and further future-proof the archives created, VideoScanner creates a shot-detected index of the content and extracts all relevant technical metadata including timecode and source format properties. When users need to store additional technical metadata information which is not supported by the AVI container format, the data is stored in an openly-accessible standard IT database.

“For a long time, archive owners have been dealing with lossy codecs to archive their material, and there has also been the problem of how to keep video files in a way that guarantees they will be readable for more than just a decade or so,” said Christophe Kummer, CEO of NOA Audio Solutions. “VideoScanner finally solves the conundrum: now it’s possible to create TV archives in a future-proof open archive format with no compromise on video quality.”

Designed to run in conjunction with NOA’s MediARC systems, VideoScanner is available immediately as a software licence for installation on standard IT hardware, and integrates fully with NOA workflows.

More information is available directly from NOA at

About NOA
NOA is the leading global provider of flexible turnkey solutions for quality-controlled digitizing, archiving, description and retrieval of AV and other media content. Scalable to suit collections of all sizes, NOA’s product families, ingestLINE™, mediARC™, actLINE™ and jobDB™, not only help ensure long-term preservation of media, but also support enterprise-wide collaboration, efficiency, and productivity by enabling fast and accurate identification and retrieval of clips from the full range of an enterprise’s archive. NOA’s easy-to-use proprietary technologies are today installed in some 20 high-profile enterprises worldwide, including Vlaamse Radio- en Televisieomroep (VRT), Yleisradio Finland (YLE), Radiotelevizija Slovenija (RTV), Fonoteca Nacional de Mexico and the Austrian Broadcaster ORF. With headquarters in Vienna, Austria, NOA is committed to the ongoing development of innovative technologies to ensure the maintenance of invaluable cultural heritage for future generations. For detailed information please visit the NOA website at


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