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Film Restoration FAQs

FAQ: Digital Film Restoration

What kinds of defects can you fix?

There are a variety of common problems with film: dust, scratches, chemical staining, warping caused by telecine transfers, stabilization of jittery images, etc. We're equipped to digitally remove or conceal most problems. In most cases we'll ask to see the film so that we can assess the job to be done and to give you the most accurate estimate possible.

Are your services for me?

This really all depends on what you're trying to do. Frankly, if you're looking to clean up home movies, we're most likely not the best match. Our restoration services are geared towards the professional market, and are often well out of the budget of the average consumer. We take a different approach from most of the film restoration services offered by labs and telecine facilities - we work frame by frame on your film, minimizing the use of automated filters. this results in the best quality restoration you can get. Automated filters often create more artifacts than they remove, which is why we prefer to go frame by frame. As a result, our services tend to be somewhat more expensive than places that offer realtime hardware "restoration."

That being said, our Teranex VC300 with ImageRestore is a viable low-cost film restoration tool for use with Standard Definition or High Definition content. It's designed to do realtime dust removal and in some situations, it's quite good at that. For less mission-critical applications, this might be all you need.

What tools do you use?

We primarily use the MTI CORRECT digital restoration system. Our setup can handle up to 2K footage, but is scalable to 4K when necessary. In addition to CORRECT, we're constantly evaluating new tools and working with the manufacturers to determine what best fits our client's needs.

Are you a film lab?

No. But we'll work with your lab, or recommend one to you for filmouts.

How much does it cost?

It's impossible to say without seeing your film. The severity of the defects to be removed, the resolution you'll be working at, the intended output format and the extent to which you want to clean up the film all play a part in determining the cost. Before we'll give any kind of estimate, we need to see a copy of the film. Typically, we'll request a DVD-R or BD-R with burned-in timecode, or a Digital Betacam master, along with a description of what you want to fix. We'll evaluate your film and send you an estimate or proposal.

What kind of master can i submit?

We can work with most formats, from film to HD Tape Transfers. HDCAM, HDCAM SR, HD D5 or Digital Betacam are the most common for video-based projects. We can scan your 16mm, Super8mm or 8mm film at resolutions up to 2k. For 35mm film, we work with local telecine facilities to transfer your film to HD, or directly to a hard drive for ingest into our restoration system.

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