Re: [dispatch] Standardization of FFV1, Matroska

"Henderson, Ian" <> Wed, 22 July 2015 11:25 UTC

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Hello all,

We have not in fact published details regarding our use of FFV1/ MKV but I can confirm that we did make use of this combination here at the (UK) National Archives and have been happy with the results. FFV1/ MKV was selected for use in the transfer of digital video from HD tape source. This is an unusual scenario for us, as we generally receive material already in digital file form. FFV1 was selected after conducting research into the available options.

FFV1 certainly seems to be gaining ground and more widespread recognition as a viable preservation option amongst AV institutions and archives. I have recently been contacted by other UK institutions, potentially interested in using it. I think there has been an understandable tendency to hold back on making decision on preservation options, pending an authoritative declaration of legitimate target formats. Given further support and credibility via standardisation, I would expect that FFV1 would gain greater prominence in the archival community as confidence builds.

Best Regards,
Ian Henderson
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