A Film Restoration Diary

About this Film Restoration Diary

Having grown up in a family where filmmaking and film technology were a regular presence, I absorbed an interest in filmmaking and the technology of film at an early age.

After working for many years in the field of graphic design and later web design, I inherited a collection of films made by my late father, some of which are of historical significance, in particular those dating from his work in the early days of Australian television circa 1956 to 1963.

This was the genesis of the my renewed interest in film technology — the restoration of some of these ancient productions from film and onto DVD, and hopefully extracting the best possible quality from the films in the process. Having worked on this on and off for a few years, but now in a more regular manner, I decided to record some of these experiences on this blog, in case they might be of interest to others.

Paul Howson
May 2014

A List of All Posts in this Blog (newest first)

Home-Grown Jitter Stabilisation — Part 7 — The Stabilisation Works!
Home-Grown Jitter Stabilisation — Part 6 — A Stabilisation Workflow
Home-Grown Jitter Stabilisation — Part 5 — Odds and Ends
Home-Grown Jitter Stabilisation — Part 4 — A Bit of Geometry and Maths
Home-Grown Jitter Stabilisation — Part 3 — Image Correlation to Detect Movements
Home-Grown Jitter Stabilisation — Part 2 — Three Kinds of Motion
Home-Grown Jitter Stabilisation — Part 1 — Could it be Done?
More Digital Restoration Tests with Promoscape in Melbourne
Adjusting Framing and Levels in Final Cut Pro
Finding the Smallest Video Raster Crop Size for Downsampling Calculations
Where Have We Been and What’s Next?
The Relevance of Pixel Aspect Ratio
The Mysteries of Pixel Aspect Ratio
The Mathematics of Downsampling the High Definition Scans for PAL SD
Editing Tools, Grading and When to Downsample
Experiments in Digital Restoration with PFClean
Mapping Out a Restoration Roadmap
Re-Scanning The Golden Princess (1962)
Assessing the Scans Part 4 — Soundtrack
Assessing the Scans Part 3 — Video Levels
Assessing the Scans Part 2 — Jitter
Assessing the Scans Part 1 — Anatomy of a Kine Frame
Dealing with the Vinegar Syndrome Reel
Collecting and Inspecting the 2K Scans at Cutting Edge
Preparing the Films for Scanning on the Spirit
Cutting Edge Brisbane to the Rescue with a Spirit Datacine
Seeking Telecine Services in a Post-Film Era
Troubles in Telecine Land — A Lesson in Not Believing Advertising Hype
Exploring the Possibilities of Digital Restoration
Telecine — Initial Experiments and the Spirit Datacine
About the GTV9 Film Recording System Circa 1960
Compiling a List of Films and Their Condition
Preserving and Restoring the Tarax Show Christmas Pantomimes