Neptune's ability to integrate with large archive systems and tape libraries has made it a perfect choice for large mass ingest projects.
British Board of Film Certification, UK
The British Board of Film Classification, the body responsible for classifying movies in the UK, has a legal obligation to retain file copies of all the material that has been certified in their library which by 2008 had grown to over 200,000 tapes. To overcome growing problems with degrading tapes and failing VTRs they invested in a Neptune system to digitise their library and to provide control of Digital Rapids encoders using its device specific API. The choice to move to a digital archive was based on two factors. The first was that VTRs are slowly being made redundant and there will eventually be no way of playing back the tapes provided to them. As the BBFC have to keep copies of all material they certify, it was logical to move the project to a digital platform. The second reason is to provide a more seamless workflow, where files, instead of tapes, can be used for comparison purposes for cases such as illegal piracy. To create the digital files, the operators insert the tapes into VTRs and Neptune copies the content using Digital Rapids Dual Channel encoders to create MPEG and WM9 versions of tape in real time. The resulting files are moved through a QC process and then to the archive using Neptune's Anchor Media Manager. Pebble Beach Systems automates the entire ingest process, with operators using Razorfish to perform QC and quick comparison tasks.
Plazamedia in Germany required an automation system to interface to a Blue Order Media Archive and uses a Neptune system to control the ingest of large volumes of cassettes which are supplied by their customers. Working in conjunction with Media Archive, Neptune automates ingest from VTRs and Sony FlexiCarts into Omneon video servers. The system exploits Neptune's flexible and open interface protocols to enable the exchange of metadata, job lists and status reporting with Blue Order's Media Archive. The system is fully scalable and can be expanded as demand for Plazamedia's services increase.