A Film Restoration Diary


    Assessing the Scans Part 3 — Video Levels

    24 Jun 2015

    This post discusses video levels in the four kine scans. For the purposes of this discussion, we will talk about luminance values only since the Tarax Show scans are black and white and the colour information has been removed from the scans. Read entire post

    Assessing the Scans Part 2 — Jitter

    26 May 2015

    What I’m calling “jitter” is unwanted rapid small movements of the video image vertically and horizontally caused by the mechanical processes of recording to and reproducing from film. Read entire post

    Assessing the Scans Part 1 — Anatomy of a Kine Frame

    14 May 2015

    With four scans under our belt, let’s take a look at them in more detail as an aid to planning how best to restore them for DVD release. Read entire post

    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

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