24/7 Ingest at BBC Television Centre

Back in 2012 I was a supervisor on a shift team at the BBC. Over two months we ingested all news and current affairs shows from 1948 to 2011 (around 28,000 hours of video). I just found some old pics and figured some of you geeks out there might like a look.

The project was part of the now infamous Digital Media Initiative, but did result in all that content now being safe and readily available.

The setup was based on BBC R&D’s Ingex, with 24 A500Ps running 24/7.

Colour-coded PCs, decks and monitoring. All very clever.

Yes, we had a rewind station. Undoubtedly the least exciting job in the project.

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