Preservation

Motion Picture Product Options

The Motion Picture Film Preservation Lab is in a transition phase as it migrates from a primarily film-based workflow to include more digital options for preservation, reproduction and distribution. At the current time, high quality film stock is the primary preservation medium for those films that can be preserved through traditional photochemical methods. In addition, 2K and 4K digital reformatting work flows are an option for films not at risk but rather of high content value and/or of high cultural/historic significance. The lab expects to transition to completely digital file-based products for the reproduction product category in the near future. With the exception of theater prints for projection, all distribution copies are file-based.

  • Motion Picture Film-Based Product Options

    For the most part, film-based product specifications are dictated by the source material’s film element type. There is some flexibility however in regards to combining separate picture and soundtrack reels into a composite reel. This can be done for convenience or space management without any compromise to product quality. Selected image improvements such as color correction and density correction are routinely performed during the reformatting process.

  • Motion Picture Digital Soundtrack Product Options

    For digital products created from film-based source material, the specifications are dictated by the source material’s original characteristics including format and condition. A separate WAV file is created for all at risk stand alone sound elements as identified on the At Risk Assessment Guide.

  • Motion Picture Digital Product Options

    For digital products created from film-based source material, the specifications are dictated by the source material’s original characteristics including format and condition. Materials in advanced stages of deterioration as measured on the At Risk Assessment Guide are scanned to include all the available visual information within a DPX sequence including the optical soundtrack if available. When reproduction copies are needed, a second file without the soundtrack image may be generated through reprocessing the over-scanned image to mask the soundtrack. One-light color timing will be employed as appropriate during the initial capture process, but otherwise, the preservation files are unaltered. Reproduction and distribution files may have additional image improvements such as the use of restoration tools including dust and scratch removal as needed and scene-by-scene color correction.

  • Motion Picture Soundtrack Digital Product Options

    For digital products created from film-based source material, the specifications are dictated by the source material’s original characteristics including format and condition. Materials in advanced stages of deterioration as measured on the At Risk Assessment Guide are scanned to include all the available visual information within a DPX sequence for future software that can visually decode soundtracks.

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