For archival purposes (2016).

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Standardizing FFV1 and Matroska for Preservation

A 3 day symposium of workshops & presentations on the standardization & use of FFV1 & Matroska in archives

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Hosted by Deutsche Kinemathek, Zuse Institute Berlin and

Audiovisual Archivists (people who use the formats) +

Developers (people who design the formats) +

Open Standards Working Group (people who write specification for formats)



A FREE three day symposium focused on Matroska and FFV1 for use in digital audiovisual preservation hosted by Deutsche Kinemathek, Zuse Institute Berlin and The event will feature talks, presentations, and working meetings on Matroska, FFV1, and the software, documentation, and use cases associated with these formats. The event will also present on the current state of the IETF’s CELLAR working group’s progress to develop specifications for Matroska and FFV1 as well as efforts to design and extend software in support of these formats. This event provides an opportunity for format inventors, developers, specification authors, and archivists to collaborate and advance audiovisual preservation formats.


Day 1

  • Introduction: Volkmar Ernst & Jürgen Keiper, Ashley Blewer & Dave Rice video
  • PREFORMA Challenge, Erwin Verbruggen video / slides
  • “FFV1 and Archives: A Short History About Almost Everything”, Peter Bubestinger video / slides
  • Matroska: A History, Steve Lhomme video / slides
  • More Than Just a Wrapper: The Role of Container Formats within Archive Workflows, Tobias Rapp (NOA GmbH) video slides
  • CELLAR Working Group Update, Tessa Fallon video
  • Developing Specifications for Audiovisual Preservation and Archiving: Lessons from FADGI’s MXF AS-07, Kate Murray (Library of Congress) video / slides
  • Matroska, webM, and Google, Michael Bradshaw blog
  • Comparison of Lossless Video Codecs for Digital Preservation, Merle Friedrichsen (Technische Informationsbibliothek) video / slides
  • 5 years of archiving with FFV1 at the Austrian Mediathek, Marion Jaks (Österreichische Mediathek) video
  • DVA-Profession: one of the very view workflow management systems dealing with ffv1, Hermann Lewetz (Österreichische Mediathek) video
  • Implementing FFV1 for Large-Scale A/V Digitization at IU, Heidi Dowding (Indiana University) video
  • The Moral Character of Software, Igor video
  • OpenArchive Intro - OSS mobile media preservation + future application, Natalie Cadranel (no video upon request) website
  • FFV1 and DPX, Kieran O’Leary (IFI Irish Film Archive) & Reto Kromer (AV Preservation by video

Day 3

  • Intro and IETF Report Back, Jerome Martinez, Steve Lhomme, Dave Rice video
  • Stress testing FFV1, Kieran Kunyha video
  • Stress testing FFV1, Peter Bubestinger video
  • FFV1 and Matroska: Digitization and Contextualization, Dave Rice video
  • MediaConch: Presentation of Specification-Based Validation, Jerome Martinez video
  • Matroska Tools, Steve Lhomme video
  • Audiovisual Archiving in the Balkans - A Survey (Technological issues and challenges), Daniel Borosa (Croatian Radiotelevision) (no video upon request) slides
  • When Vendors Say No: A vendor wouldn’t implement FFV1/MKV and how this decision transformed our archive, Kieran O’Leary (IFI Irish Film Archive) video

Working group documents (Day 2)



To stream and record this conference, we used: * Mac laptop * BlackMagic Design UltraStudio Express (thunderbolt) * Small handheld consumer camera * Tripod for camera * Open Broadcaster Software * YouTube (for streaming and uploaded recorded media) * For one video (“FFV1 and Matroska: Digitization and Contextualization”), we recorded using an iPhone 6S


Monday, July 18, 2016 - Wednesday, July 20, 2016


Deutsche Kinemathek – Museum für Film und Fernsehen

The Deutsche Kinemathek – Museum für Film und Fernsehen, Wikimedia Commons

Potsdamer Straße 2, 10785 Berlin

Zuse Institute Berlin

The Zuse Institute Berlin, Wikimedia Commons

Takustraße 7, 14195 Berlin

*Parts of the workshop will also be accessible remotely

* Event title inspiration from

The MediaConch project and this symposium has received funding from PREFORMA, co-funded by the European Commission under its FP7-ICT Programme.