You may have seen this popular footage of a nuclear test Sandia Labs did back in the 80s. (It’s the first few seconds of the video.) Sandia crashed a US F4 Phantom Jet traveling at 500 MPH into a concrete wall built to withstand a nuclear blast. It worked, the jet was vaporized, and a Sandia employee calls it the most seen piece of video in the world.
Like other footage this government-owned agency creates, whether it’s of tests, historical content such as when JFK visited the labs or research of the effects of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, much of it is of public record. A few years ago Sandia received a Freedom of Information Act for this jet crash video. Problem was Sandia has thousands of hours of footage dating back to the dawn of the nuclear age. It wasn’t easy to find.
Sandia eventually found the film, but the process spurred a multi-year project Sandia is now beginning: digitizing everything so that anything – no matter how obscure – can be found with the click of a button. Some of the footage is in an online video library on Sandia’s servers. But right now much of the video is stored in an underground, temperature-controlled facility and is on many outdated devices.
Sandia needs to modernize these decade-old films and videos and make them easily accessible to its customers, employees and the world (if they are deemed non-classified and appropriate for public viewing), and it’s teamed up with Mediasite Enterprise Video Platform to do so. Plus, with Mediasite's powerful search capabilities, everything will be indexed, making entire video libraries searchable and saving immeasurable time. It’s a big undertaking, but when it’s complete the videos that weren’t accessible before will be of great value. It will also comply with the National Archive standards. And maybe Sandia will even find some footage it never knew existed along the way.