A digital restoration begins with the scan and if this step is miss-handled, you are starting out at a disadvantage. With this in mind, we build our own film scanners and write our own software to assure that we have the cleanest, sharpest and most stable image possible with density range of the original material competently captured before any digital tools are applied. We scan 4k (or higher if needed) resolution on an optical printer bed which means we can zoom the image to fill the sensor be it 8mm or vistavison. We scan everything wetgate, a process that fills in any surface defects with a fluid that has the same refractive index as the base of the film and stops them scattering light, essentially making them invisible. This greatly reduces amount of digital cleanup necessary resulting in a less processed image. Because of the liquid gate, we can also use collimated light, which improves the definition of the scan. Our gates are pin registered and adjustable to most any shrinkage to assure a steady image to avoid post stabilization. We have a range of moments and sprockets that we build ourselves such as 8mm, s8, 16mm, super16 , techniscope, three pref, 35mm, vistavision, 55mm and 65/70mm and with a suitable volume of material, we can build the gate for the format. We have no problems capturing the full range of high density materials such as nitrate prints and kodachrome originals.
Once scanned, there are a number of tools that can applied to bring the image back to how it was originally meant to be seen and it is really a case by case process of how much of what should be applied but the ultimate aim is to produce an image that can be viewed as a film and not for it´s surface defects.
We can deliver a image in most any format needed digitally, in an archival and distribution form or recorded back to film, the best is to contact us with you needs and we will try to meet them.