By Andy Sambidge
More than 30,000 pieces of film, video of Abu Dhabi development to be preserved.
Abu Dhabi Media Company (ADMC) is restoring and digitising a unique video archive, including the Sheikh Zayed Archive and more than 30,000 pieces of film and video of unseen footage that records the foundation and development of Abu Dhabi.
The company has appointed broadcast services company DMA Media to preserve the archive, much of it recorded before the formation of the UAE, for future generations, it said in a statement.
Some of the footage has degraded to a dangerous level and could be lost forever without urgent intervention now, said DMA Media's CEO Rob Beynon.
"The restoration is coming just in time to save a region's broadcast heritage. ADMC has been quick to recognise its role as a primary custodian of an important visual record of the UAE's history and has now stepped in to take action while the bulk of the archive is still in reasonable condition," Beynon added.
Ahmed Al Menhali, director of broadcast technology at ADMC, said once the archives have been restored and digitised, ADMC plans to use them in the future as material for documentaries or TV programmes.
DMA has started cataloging, restoring and digitising the material.
The film will be inspected, cleaned and physically repaired before being scanned and digitally restored. Images will be kept in digital formats while any 35mm films will be kept in HD and will be meta-tagged for easy retrieval.
DMA is bringing international experts to the UAE and is training staff to work with the damaged and unstable media to ensure the best possible results.For all the latest UAE news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.