Open Source to the Rescue!

Keynote speech delivered at Imagining an AV Archive of the Future, SEAPAVAA Conference, 3–8 April 2017 in Manila, Philippines.


How under-funded audio-visual archives can achieve much in today’s digital reality by using intelligently open-source software.


The presentation’s slides (PDF, 6.1 MB).


The qcli, a command line interface to QCTools allowing quality-control batch-processing of audio-visual files, has been released shortly after this presentation, on the 15th of April 2017.


Having graduated in mathematics and computer science, Reto Kromer became involved in audio-visual conservation and restoration more than thirty years ago. He was head of preservation at the Swiss National Film Archive, and lecturer at the University of Lausanne and the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna.

He has been running his own preservation company, AV Preservation by, and lecturing at the Bern University of Applied Sciences. His current research includes colour spaces, look-up tables and codec programming and emulation.

He was a director of the board for the Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA) during two terms and is serving as a board member of the Albanian Cinema Project (ACP).