A Film Restoration Diary

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    Dealing with the Vinegar Syndrome Reel

    20 Apr 2015

    As I mentioned in the previous post, one kine reel had a noticeable “vinegar syndrome” smell. The Australian National Film and Sound Archive describes the problem: Read entire post

    Collecting and Inspecting the 2K Scans at Cutting Edge

    07 Apr 2015

    It was with excited anticipation that I returned again to Cutting Edge to see first hand the high resolution scans of the Tarax Show kines. With high quality, high resolution scans from the film, the project to restore these productions for DVD release could now move forward. Read entire post

    Preparing the Films for Scanning on the Spirit

    18 Mar 2015

    Having found a Spirit Datacine in Brisbane and tested some of the Tarax Show kines, it was time to prepare the full length 16mm reels for scanning. Read entire post

    Cutting Edge Brisbane to the Rescue with a Spirit Datacine

    16 Feb 2015

    The discovery of a Spirit Datacine at Cutting Edge in Brisbane, only two hours away, was a relief after the at-a-distance negative experience with the Sydney company. This time I could see the equipment for myself, and discuss in person what was needed. Read entire post

    Seeking Telecine Services in a Post-Film Era

    20 Jan 2015

    When the Sydney telecine company failed to deliver a useable scan, the search was on again for a quality film scanning service. Read entire post

    Troubles in Telecine Land — A Lesson in Not Believing Advertising Hype

    22 Dec 2014

    It was not until 2012 that I was able to find time to arrange telecine transfers of the full length reels of the Tarax Show pantomimes. Read entire post

    Exploring the Possibilities of Digital Restoration

    27 Nov 2014

    The black and white television equipment installed at GTV9 in the late 1950s delivered remarkably good picture quality. This was especially so within the studio complex itself where the engineers maintained the equipment to a high standard and sought the best possible picture quality. Read entire post

    Telecine — Initial Experiments and the Spirit Datacine

    09 Sep 2014

    Around the same time as Studio One at GTV9 was transformed into Toyland for the last Tarax Show Christmas Pantomime, the BBC in London was getting ready to launch a new childrens’ television series about a curious character who travels through time and space in a police telephone box. Dr Who was also (mainly) a studio-based production, recorded to videotape and subsequently copied to film for distribution to television stations around the world. Read entire post

    About the GTV9 Film Recording System Circa 1960

    21 Aug 2014

    In this post we’re going to get a bit more technical and look into how these film copies (“kines”) were made from the original television productions. We’re going to delve into some technical history of film recordings at GTV9 circa 1960. Read entire post

    Compiling a List of Films and Their Condition

    31 Jul 2014

    In the previous post I gave a brief history of the Happy/Tarax Show annual Christmas Pantomimes. The surviving film copies of these are the subject of this current restoration project. Read entire post

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