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Digital Sport Relief for the BBC!

As a Preferred Supplier to the BBC we work with them on unusual format-based problems they come up against.

Recently they needed to recover some footage from a series of Digital8 tapes. This was needed as part of the BBC’s Sport Relief coverage to be aired later this month.

Digital8 – The Problem

Digital8 is a format introduced by Sony back in 1999. It achieved little growth, losing out to a superior digital version, MiniDV, which was accepted much more readily by consumers and the industry alike.

Because of the low take-up of Digital8, very few pieces of equipment are now left in circulation which are able to convert Digital8 tapes to a digital file or DVD.

Digital Archive – The Solution

With our well-maintained, bespoke format-conversion equipment, Digital Archive were the team to call!

We were able to turn this order around in just 24 hours for the BBC’s Sport Relief production team, keeping them on-track and on-budget. And giving the term “Sport Relief” a whole new meaning!

Bookmark Digital Archive for future reference, and give us a call the next time you face a problem with the format of your footage.

We love a Digital Challenge!

Call us on 01403 734465 or email: info@digitalarchive.mediasport relief 2016 logo

Different types of video tape




Archiving is the thing no one quite gets around to doing……or you leave for someone else to do!

And for a while that’s not a problem. Until, that is, you actually need some footage for that Presentation / Ad / Press Release.

And then you find it’s:

  1. a) In analogue, not digital and,
  2. b) It’s in a format you’ve never heard of.


That happened to a Charity we’ve been working with – Care For the Wild – who do fantastic conservation work in Africa with endangered elephants, lions etc.

They had reels of footage, all on broadcast-quality U-Matic tapes, having been broadcast on the BBC.


We converted these tapes to .avi files. .avi files can contain both audio and video data in a file container that allows synchronous audio-with-video playback, similar to the DVD video format. We then stored them to External Hard Drives, and they are now accessible on PCs and Macs.

Just as important, they are preserved for the future.

So whenever the next urgent request pops up they can be found and accessed…. instantly.

Take a look in your storerooms, basements, cupboards  and see what you turn up. And then challenge us to convert them into usable footage. Even the most obscure of formats!

We love a challenge!!


The Digital Archive Team


Welcome to the Digital Archive Blog!

Welcome to the Digital Archive Blog!

Welcome to our latest blog post.

At Digital Archive we take old types of film, in any format, and transfer them to Digital Hard Drive or Cloud Solutions, giving you:

  • Quick and easy access to your film footage
  • Enhanced film quality, both sound and picture
  • Freed-up office space!

We have transferred video films for many organisations including businesses, schools, charitable organisations and museums.

Adam M. Roberts, CEO of The Born Free Foundation and Born Free USA, was delighted with the service we provided to them, transferring hundreds of videos to Digital.

This gave them instant access to their extensive archive of film about the valuable work they do for animals around the world. Other recent clients include The Aspinall Foundation, Care For The Wild and Whitehall Films.

If your organisation would benefit from replacing a disorganised video library with a fully labelled and categorised Digital Archive, contact us for a no-obligation chat.

You can call us on 01403 734465 or get in touch here