The Starchive platform has been vital for us to capitalize on decades of Dylan’s work from our archives.
—Bob Dylan Music Company

Managing more than 100 million pieces of metadata and millions of files.

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Frictionless, limitless software.

Digital ReLab invented the Open MDS technology—
open Media, open Data, open Storage.

Open to any media type and format, any metadata standard and any storage configuration, Digital ReLab's technology solutions result in flexible and open media tools built to support the evolutionary shift from media archives to media hubs.


Digital ReLab Products

Starchive

Open MDS

Starchive is the world’s first Open MDS solution and is the best tool in the world for marrying your metadata to your media.

Through Digital ReLab’s technology, Starchive streamlines organization and enhances workflows by connecting your data to your media in one central hub, empowering you and your team to rediscover, reimagine, reformat, and release your media in new and exciting ways.

Lens

Cloud Made Simple

Small businesses everywhere are using the Amazon Cloud (S3) for its powerful inexpensive digital storage. Lens, makes it possible for any user to leverage the efficiency of S3 through a web browser.

With Lens, you can actually see and playback your media in S3 so you can quickly find what you need and share or publish your media in an instant.


Client Solutions

Bob Dylan Music Company
Artist Management

In spring of 2016 Bob Dylan’s team had a pressing problem. They were using Starchive to assemble a groundbreaking box set of Dylan’s 1966 Live Recordings and they could not find equally impressive images to match the audio.

Using Starchive, Dylan’s archivist was able to take existing film footage from the same 1966 tour and create 60,000 still frames in under an hour. From those 60,000 images, the Bob Dylan team discovered incredible images of Dylan the world has never seen. Those images now grace the covers of each of the 36 albums in this set.

New York Philharmonic
Major Symphony Orchestra

When The New York Philharmonic finishes a concert, the Digital Media Production Assistant simply uploads the performance WAV stereo recording to Starchive. Starchive turns that WAV file into an MP3 file which is optimized for streaming and fidelity. Starchive then makes the recording available to the musicians before they return the next day.

On top of that, the recording is automatically related to the metadata entered into NYP’s archival database. To our knowledge, The New York Philharmonic is now the only professional orchestra in the world who have access to their most recent performances in a simple playback interface.

The Sherman Grinberg Film Library
Historic Paramount & Pathe Newsreels from 1895 to 1958

Starchive provides the Sherman Grinberg Film Library, the world's oldest and largest privately held film archive, the ability to share and license their content directly to their customers and to deliver preview copies of their content to other marketing platforms complete with the data each platform requires.

This means they are now able to directly negotiate and fulfill their client requests, bringing them closer to their clients while also retaining 100% of the revenue. This more lucrative business model makes it possible for the Sherman Grinberg Film Library team to invest in digitizing the remaining 80% of their collection that the world has never seen.

WFMT Studs Terkel Radio Archive (STRA)
Historic Radio Archive

Arguably the most important interviewer of the 20th century, Studs Terkel recorded over 9,000 hours of interviews and book reviews during his more than 45 years on the job. WFMT selected Starchive as the hub for all of Studs’ recordings to bring his life’s work to the world.

With Starchive, STRA was able to consolidate multiple database sources, transcode files for delivery to a transcription service, use features in the platform to easily clean up and relate a tremendous amount of data, and then connect all of the master audio files with transcriptions. They now expect to create curricula for schools, podcasts for consumers, and licensing arrangements with third parties. Starchive makes it possible to monetize and share this incredible legacy.


Recent Press

10/17/2016

...The rediscovery of of Alderson’s recurring involvement during Dylan’s ascent was made courtesy of a tool from Digital ReLab, called Starchive, which connects digital media using advanced metadata, the extra tags and notes computers make about every file (from the date produced to subject matter).

The interest in Dylan’s archive of creative output will only increase now that the legendary songwriter has joined the Nobel laureates. A big chunk of that archive has moved into an academic collection in Tulsa. In March, the George Kaiser Family Foundation announced the acquisition of some 6,000 items spanning decades of the artist’s career, in care of the University of Tulsa’s Helmerich Center for American Research… More →

05/10/2016

The great man’s [Bob Dylan] people recently let it be known that an archive of his lifetime possessions, including notebooks showing the evolution of songs, sound and video recordings, and other materials such as personal documents, would be permanently housed at a research centre located in the University of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Little wonder Dylanologists salivated over the wonders of this vast, 6,000-piece trove of one of the world’s most iconic modern lives, covering over 50 years of prolific creativity...

In October 2014, Digital ReLab formally announced an agreement to archive, organise and store Dylan’s collection using its Starchive software but the pairing goes further back – all the way to the late summer of 2011… More →

11/02/2016

New photos and footage of Bob Dylan are released today after 50 years. Dylan won the Nobel Prize last month based on what the world can see so far, but four years’ of work by little-known U.S. technology company shows that there is still an entire body of work that we have yet to experience.

TThe previously unseen material shows the multi-billion-dollar potential of archives for stars, brands and media companies, according to Digital ReLab, based in the Virginia mountains, which made the discoveries. Digital ReLab has been working with the Bob Dylan Music Company’s archive. The new photos are being used as the cover shots for each of the 36 discs of mammoth The 1966 Live Recordings box set to be released by Columbia/Legacy on Friday, Nov. 11. More →

11/02/2016

The 36 CD box set containing every known recording from the artist's 1966 tours is set to be released by Sony on Nov. 11. The majority of tracks, drawn from soundboard, CBS recordings and audience tape, are previously unreleased in any format — even bootlegs. Each of the individual CDs in "Bob Dylan: The 1966 Live Recordings" is housed in a custom sleeve with artwork from the color film shot by Pennebaker....

Digital ReLab dug into the documentary and created in less than one hour 60,000 never-before-used low-res stills from the concert footage. From there, the team chose 60 frames before going back to the original film and creating hi-res .TIF files. Finally, they selected the cover art for each of the 36 albums. That was made possible by Digital ReLab's tool called Starchive — also used by Dylan's team to assemble the CD's live set — which connects digital media using advanced metadata, the extra tags and notes computers make about every file (date, subject, etc…). More →

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