Telestream upgrades Lightspeed Live Capture for tape archives
By: Fergal Ringrose
Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - 3:51 pm

Telestream has announced version 2.0 of Lightspeed Live Capture, its multichannel video capture and processing system. For content creators and owners with large tape archives, Lightspeed Live Capture 2.0 simplifies the process of converting existing tape libraries to file-based formats for better long-term storage and further monetisation.

With decades of content sitting in tape archives, there is growing concern regarding the longevity of magnetically recorded tapes. With perfect storage conditions, tapes can last for decades, but with heat and humidity, and less than ideal conditions, magnetic tape longevity can suffer. Transferring master tapes to a file-based format also makes them easily accessible and a potential source of new revenue.

“The latest features in Lightspeed Live Capture are targeted at organisations wishing to convert large tape libraries into file-based assets,” said Paul Turner, VP product management at Telestream. “To do this cost effectively, it’s imperative to automate as much of the process as possible, including capture, analysis and QC, and conversion.”

Designed to provide the fastest possible tape ingest workflows, Lightspeed Live Capture now supports high-density log and capture, with the ability to control and digitise four tape decks at once from a single system. Lightspeed Live Capture is a 1RU appliance capable of capturing four channels of HD-SDI or 1 channel of 4K/UHD into any high-quality video format required at frame rates up to 60 fps. Its multi-tenant design enables one operator to control four channels, or four operators to each control a single channel, maximising operational efficiency.