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Advanced Restoration

We offer 3 restoration options. Color Correction, Grain Elimination and Stabilization Technology.

About 90% of our amateur customers want the color correction and about 75% do the grain elimination. We do also offer image stabilization. It adds a nice touch to those old home movies. Professional films are different. Sometimes the professional film makers want the film scanned with one light and want to handle the color correction themselves to give it the look & feel they want. That's fine if the film was shot with the proper light/color balance which professional films normally were.

Color correction is very important for amateur film because we will be able to recover more footage that was shot too dark or has darkened as part of the aging process. The scanner monitors the light and color balance and will change it based on pre-determined algorithms. This means it will pump more light through film that is dark and it will back off on film that is too bright. This will allow us to recover footage that would normally be too dark or too light. In addition, after the scan, an editor will go through the footage looking at skin tone and things like the color of the sky to order to make sure it looks correct. You can see in the examples below how much better the images look with our 2 pass color correction.

Grain (see Before picture below) is on all film. These little dots muddy up the image and take away from the content you care most about. Now, look at the After picture on the right. This is what you really want to see. We do recommend Grain Elimination on all film. Grain will be on all film including 8mm, Super 8, 16mm and 35mm motion picture film.

Most amateur films have some stabilization issues just because of the way the film was shot. But, most people are used to seeing this on old movie film (See example video clip below). So, we see stabilization as a nice to have but not required. If you can afford to do it then we would recommend it. If it pushes you outside your budget then we would just recommend the Grain Elimination technology.

Super 8 Film Examples


Advanced Grain Elimination Technology

It is easy to find the film grain by looking at the wall (on the Before picture) but film grain is on everything throughout the frame. All film will look like this. This is a full resolution image we have cropped to the upper right corner to fit this table (this is 1/6th of the original frame). This is the level of detail you will see on your HDTV. It is clear here that the advanced grain elimination technology did a really nice job of removing the grain and video noise while keeping the image nice and sharp. This technology is very compute intensive and it increases our processing time by 7 times. We have to charge extra for it and have decided to make this technology optional on the order form.

Before
8mm 2K Scan

After
8mm 2K Scan


Advanced Stabilization Technology

Most amateur films have some stabilization issues just because of the way the film was shot. It was shot with a handheld camera that was moving almost all the time as opposed to sitting on a tripod. You would be surprised to see how unstable most film is. This technology is very compute intensive and it increases our processing time by 6 times. We have to charge extra for it and have decided to make this technology optional on the order form.


Color & Exposure Correction

Color shifting and darkening of the film are very typical for any type of old movie film. Usually we are able to fix both color and exposure issues to get the film to look like it did when it was first taken.

Before
8mm 2K Scan

After
8mm 2K Scan

 

16mm Film Examples


Advanced Grain Elimination Technology

It is easy to find the film grain by looking at the wall (on the Before picture) but film grain is on everything throughout the frame. All film will look like this. This is a full resolution image we have cropped to the upper right corner to fit this table (this is 1/6th of the original frame). This is the level of detail you will see on your HDTV. It is clear here that the advanced grain elimination technology did a really nice job of removing the grain and video noise while keeping the image nice and sharp.

Before
8mm 2K Scan

After
8mm 2K Scan


Advanced Stabilization Technology

Most amateur films have some stabilization issues just because of the way the film was shot. It was shot with a handheld camera that was moving almost all the time as opposed to sitting on a tripod. You would be surprised to see how unstable most film is. This technology is very compute intensive and it increases our processing time by 6 times. We have to charge extra for it and have decided to make this technology optional on the order form.


Color & Exposure Correction

Color shifting and darkening of the film are very typical for any type of old movie film. Usually we are able to fix both color and exposure issues to get the film to look like it did when it was first taken.

16mm Before
16mm 2K Scan

16mm After
16mm 2K Scan