Recent MediaConch blog posts

Interview with Kathryn Gronsbell

Interview with Kathryn Gronsbell Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of interviews with people using MediaConch within their institutions. You can read the first here! Kathryn with MediaConch Hey Kathryn! Introduce yourself please. Hi Ashley! I’m the Digital Collections Manager at Carnegie Hall. I develop and support sustainable practices around the digital asset lifecycle to ensure the… [continue]

Interview with Eddy Colloton

Interview with Eddy Colloton Editor‚Äôs note: This is the first in a series of interviews with people using MediaConch within their institutions. Enjoy! Hey Eddy! Introduce yourself please. Hey Ashley! I‚Äôve recently become a ‚ÄúDenverite‚ÄĚ and have started a new job as an Assistant Conservator specializing in electronic media¬†at the Denver Art Museum (DAM). Before that, I was down in‚Ķ [continue]

MediaConch Displays: Simple and CSV

MediaConch Displays In MediaConch, a ‚ÄúDisplay‚ÄĚ is a transformation that creates a request report from a MediaConch XML. Internally when MediaConch applies a policy test or implementation test on a file it generates a MediaConch XML document which describes the results of those tests. In many cases, the user may not wish to see an XML document, so the ‚ÄúDisplays‚Ä̂Ķ [continue]

Policies vs Reality: MediaConch’s Policy Update

Policies vs Reality One of the key requirements of the PREFORMA Challenge is the creation of policy checkers to verify whether a file matches the acceptance criteria for long-term preservation by memory institutions. In MediaConch, the policy checker integrates a policy editor so that users may create, edit, and apply policies to their audiovisual collections. For example, a memory institution… [continue]

No Time to Wait: Standardizing FFV1 and Matroska for Preservation

No Time to Wait: Standardizing FFV1 and Matroska for Preservation Photo credit: CC BY-SA Erwin Verbruggen Introduction No Time to Wait!: Standardizing FFV1 & Matroska for Preservation was a symposium intentionally overlapping with Internet Engineering Task Force’s 96th meeting, held in Berlin. No Time To Wait! was held on 18-20 July, 2016 and hosted by Deutsche Kinemathek, Zuse Institute Berlin,… [continue]

MediaConch now has a logo! MediaConch now has a logo! Its absence was growing larger and heavier with each release that borrows the MediaInfo logo or relies on a shell emoji. MediaConch’s sibling software projects under PREFORMA, DPF Manager and veraPDF, have had beautiful logos since the beginning. Below, MediaConch team member Ashley will discuss the development process for the… [continue]

File Analysis, Conformity Checks, and XML Power

Building a Conformance Check Framework for the Future Although initally focused on a select set of file formats, the vision of the PreForma project is to build conformance checkers that are well-prepared to expand to incorporate support for other file formats. Many aspects of checking the conformity of digital files are complex, involving the comprehensive parsing of file formats, interpretation… [continue]

MediaArea presents at AMIA

MediaArea presents at AMIA Ashley Blewer and Dave Rice represented MediaConch at the 2015 Association of Moving Image Archivists in Portland, together with Erwin Verbruggen from the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision. The group spoke on Friday afternoon during the session ‚ÄúValidate Your Digital Assets: PREFORMA, MediaConch and File Compliance.‚ÄĚ Erwin introduced the European Commission-supported PREFORMA project, his institution‚Äôs‚Ķ [continue]

MediaArea presents at FIAT/IFTA

MediaArea presents at FIAT/IFTA On October 8, Tessa Fallon presented on FFV1 as a representative of the PREFORMA/MediaArea team at the F√©d√©ration Internationale des Archives de T√©l√©vision / The International Federation of Television Archives (FIAT/IFTA) World Conference in Vienna. The theme of the conference was ‚ÄúAudiovisual Culture, a bridge to the future‚ÄĚ‚Äďwhat better illustration of future trends in preservation than‚Ķ [continue]

MediaConch at IASA

The MediaConch Presentation at IASA In late September, Herman Lewetz of the √Ėsterreichische Mediathek presented a paper on behalf of the MediaArea team at the International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives (IASA) 46th Annual Conference in Paris. The presentation focused on ongoing standardization efforts and archival adoption of Matroska and FFV1 and detailed the components of the MediaConch development‚Ķ [continue]

Announcing MediaTrace!

Announcing MediaTrace: A Comprehensive Architecture Report for AudioVisual Data MediaInfo is pleased to announce the first public release of MediaTrace, a new reporting feature for documenting the structure and contents of digital files with a particular concentration on audiovisual data. A complementary tool of MediaInfo that summarizes a file’s significant characteristics, MediaTrace offers comprehensive documentation of file information in a… [continue]