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Formation Identifying, managing and storing digital multimedia files

Finding the right file for the right use

Training goals

Be able to:
- identify file formats for all media (video, sound, stills), their characteristics, their performance, their uses.
- understand digital multimedia file storage and archiving principles.


Purpose of different formats: acquisition/production formats, patrimonial formats, pivotal formats, delivery/exploitation formats.
Native formats: analogue representation of sound and images,
- native sound formats,
- stills, video, film,
- throughput and storage capacity.
Formats and compression tools: audio (MP2, MP3 audio, AAC, Dolby, FLAC,...), stills (JPEG,...), video (MPEG-2, MPEG-4 / H.264, H.265, VC-1, DivX, Flash, JPEG2000...), film (DCP, DPX), - practical workshop: media transcoding.
Container formats: storage formats,
- transport formats: liaison, exchange, broadcast, streaming,
- focus on HTML5 with flash formats and WebM,
- practical workshop: transforming formats with different tools (open source, professional).
Metadata: types, examples,
- representation (XML), standardising metadata models in the media (Dublin Core, MPEG-7, NewsML G2,...),
- metadata chain.
Principles of digital file archiving and storage:
- choice criteria, storage supports,
- stock management: access, naming, volumes, security, preserving, migration...

Targeted at

Audiovisual researchers, archivists, information managers, multimedia fund managers.




Digital media specialists.

Training methods

Theoretical presentations and many practical examples.
Hands-on workshops to practice transcoding and transformatting.

• Overview of all digital file formats (stills, video, film, sound).
• Principles and best practices in digital file storage.