FIAT/IFTA World Conference – see you there?

Mexico City

The 2017 FIAT/IFTA World Conference will take place in Mexico City 18-21 October.

The team from Vintage Cloud will be there with a compelling demonstration of our Smart Indexing capability. We’ll be showing the 300 delegates who will attend how Smart Indexing can instantly recognise any one of 100,000 famous faces!

The history of FIAT/IFTA (Fédération Internationale des Archives de Télévision/International Federation of Television Archives) began in 1976, when the leaders of a small group of television archives – most of whom knew each other through the European Broadcasting Union – met together to establish the need for collaboration and pooling of expertise in their specific domain. Today, it comprises over 250 member organisations, and holds a conference each year in cities around the world. This year’s conference is hosted by Fonoteca National, part of the Mexican Ministry of Culture dedicated to preserving the sound heritage of the country.


The FIAT/IFTA World Conference – of which we are a partner – is something we really look forward to, because it provides a unique opportunity to meet with individuals, companies and organisations from around the globe who are involved in managing – and, often, maximising the value of – their audiovisual archives.


Beyond that: when we were at NAB earlier this year, we met a number of archivists – and we’re also looking forward to continuing the conversations we began with them in Las Vegas.

Those conversations centred on the understanding that converting an analog archive to digital is only part of the solution when it comes to not only preserving an asset, but also making it more easily accessible. Making an archive truly usable, as well as maximising its value, is all about capturing information about what the asset contains, creating an index of metadata that makes it possible to rapidly identify and retrieve specific content.

Vintage Cloud’s Smart Indexing capability is an integral part of our Steenbeck Digitizer – but Smart Indexing also works as a standalone application for material that has already been digitised. It’s an AI/machine learning-based capability that brings unprecedented power, speed and accessibility to metadata – transforming the value of the asset.

More accurate than a human

Using a keyframe every three seconds, Smart Indexing is capable of delivering a tagging result in a fraction of a second. AI allows Smart Indexing to automatically recognise thousands of objects, scenes, faces, events – even human emotions – with an accuracy that is equal to, or better than, that of a human. The metadata that Smart Indexing identifies is automatically added to the asset, and users can then easily and quickly find the desired clip with a simple free text search on our search engine.

Apart from talking to FIAT/IFTA delegates about Smart Indexing, we’ll also be taking the opportunity to extend our knowledge about the challenges, approaches, solutions and innovations in use in archiving today as well as finding out what has been done and what will be possible in the future. It should be a great conference – and we’ll hope to see you there!

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