Bell Atlantic Archiving Service Brings Audio and Video Libraries into the 21st Century

Bell Atlantic Archiving Service Brings Audio and Video Libraries into the 21st Century

Broadcasters, Producers and Libraries Can Easily Preserve, Catalog and Retrieve News, Entertainment and Historical Content

December 8, 1998

Media contact: Larry Plumb, 703-974-3428

RESTON, Va. -- Every day valuable news footage and historical documentaries are destroyed or unavailable for use due to deterioration, poor storage and inaccessibility. While much of the world has become automated, many news organizations, production houses and libraries still operate a mainly manual process for search and storage of archival video and audio tapes. This can now change.

Bell Atlantic has created a state-of-the-art archiving service that uses MPEG digital encoding and a software-based catalog system to preserve and catalog material so that it may be easily searched, previewed and retrieved.

This archiving service revolutionizes the management of valuable audio, video and photographic content, saving organizations time and money in their day-to-day activities while preserving valuable assets.

"While most organizations have invested in some type of electronic cataloging, very few have made the progressive leap to a tapeless solution," said Dick Beville, president of Bell Atlantic Video. "The Bell Atlantic archiving service's digital encoding and electronic search and retrieval functions provide a seamless process for locating and delivering needed content almost instantaneously."

"In developing this service, Bell Atlantic has considered all types of organizational needs - from preservation and storage of original content to redirecting content for new uses," said Beville. "With Bell Atlantic's archiving service, assets not only keep their value, they become quickly accessible and useful for further distribution, entertainment or institutional video-on-demand uses, or electronic learning."

The digital encoding services from Bell Atlantic allow content to be preserved, reproduced and stored electronically thereby reducing physical space requirements. Bell Atlantic, who pioneered large-scale digital compression techniques during the company's innovative video-on-demand market trial in 1996, has the capability to customize encoding for various video resolutions and a broad range of delivery platforms, depending on customer needs. Bell Atlantic also performs digital encoding services for audio and photographic content.

Using sophisticated yet easy-to-use software, content is encoded in real time as it is being cataloged and indexed, all in a single integrated process. A database and low resolution video/audio version of the content is created. This database can be searched via the Internet by keywords, phrases or descriptions using a Web browser. Search results are displayed as key frame "thumbnails" or storyboards and the low resolution audio/video version can be previewed -- right at the desktop. Previews include descriptive information about the content.

Digitized content is stored on servers in Bell Atlantic's secure facility. It can be quickly and easily retrieved in either a low-resolution version or in a high resolution MPEG version. Content can be delivered to clients electronically, via satellite, or in a physical medium depending on client needs. This complete content management system gives users fast, convenient access to the content they're seeking.

The New Media division of Bell Atlantic Video Services provides this archiving service, as well as other digital communications solutions for businesses through an experienced staff of new media designers and digital engineers. The team provides end-to-end solutions for such business applications as Web sites, kiosks, digital learning systems and archival content management systems, and services such as content acquisition, digital encoding and graphic design.

Located in Reston, Va, Bell Atlantic Video is a subsidiary of Bell Atlantic. The unit markets and delivers to consumers a satellite-based entertainment alternative to cable television. It also develops and delivers to businesses new media services that strengthen communications and increase productivity.

Bell Atlantic is at the forefront of the new communications and information industry. With 42 million telephone access lines and eight million wireless customers worldwide, Bell Atlantic companies are premier providers of advanced wireline voice and data services, market leaders in wireless services and the world's largest publishers of directory information. Bell Atlantic companies are also among the world's largest investors in high-growth global communications markets, with operations and investments in 23 countries.

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