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2013.02.25 11:41

Lithuania‘s video history to be opened to the public

European Broadcastin Union2013.02.25 11:41

LRT Director General Audrius Siaurusevicius says archiving, using university 'supercomputers' – the most powerful in the Baltic States – is expected to take between four and six months. 

LRT Director General Audrius Siaurusevicius says archiving, using university 'supercomputers' – the most powerful in the Baltic States – is expected to take between four and six months.

"LRT's digital video library currently represents about 30,000 hours of material. How of those, only 6,000 are available to the public," he said. "Before the end of the year, Lithuanian audiences will be able to access 12,000 hours of re-encoded video material, including films, plays and a varied choice of TV programmes."

The process of re-encoding involves zipping large-sized files from a digitalized archive into a smaller format and facilitating their access through the internet. The re-encoded material will be available at the portal lrt.lt Mediateka. 

"Lithuanian cultural, sport and musical heritage contained in the LRT video archives is of value not only to Lithuanian audiences, but also to Lithuanians living abroad," said Mr Siaurusevicius.

The EBU Partnership Programme is supporting work to catalogue the analogue archives of EBU Members.

In October, Mediterranean broadcasters launched a common web archive with the support of the PP to ensure that audio visual material do cu menting the region's cultural heritage is preserved for posterity. 

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