Optibase Gear To Preserve Holocaust Footage

Israel-based Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Authority, has selected Optibase's MPEG MovieMaker encoding platforms to create a digital video content archiving system to store and preserve the video quality of analog eight millimeter and U-Matics footage of the Holocaust.

The video archiving system includes Optibase's MPEG MovieMaker encoding boards that convert analog video into digital. Sapphire Enterprise software from Idea Information Systems performs indexing. Yad Vashem has partnered with AVCOM, an Optibase rep in Israel, and the system will also enable cataloguing of film material.

The video archiving system will be available through a VOD system in the new Visual Center, to be opened in the fall of 2004. Yad Vashem has collected over 60 million Holocaust-related documents, 263 thousand photographs and written, audio and video testimonials.