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We just tested a number of high end software packages (MTI film, Phoenix refine, Diamant film restoration, PF clean, Algosoft).


For us, the customer support and flat out performance of the Diamant Film Restoration package was the most impressive.


We are in the process of finalizing our contract with them and incorporating it into a restoration suite at our studio. If you have some film that needs restoration, or want to have your film cleaned up / scratch concealed we can take care of you.


Feel free to contact us from the contact page on our website for additional details in our pre-release stage.


All the best!



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Interesting. I'm wondering if Diamant has improved in terms of the quality of the fixes it does - we found the interface to be a bit clunky when we tested it several years ago, but more importantly, the quality of the fixes it was doing in dustbusting mode didn't hold a candle to the MTI. PFClean is a great application, and is a veritable Swiss Army knife as far as film mastering tools go, but it suffered from the same issues - fixes that looked like fixes, instead of being completely seamless. We spent more time futzing with the cleanups to make them invisible in both applications than we ever have in the MTI software.


Algosoft is a really interesting tool, and I think it's promising, but so far our 10 years of digital restoration experience has shown us that *no* automated film restoration tool us up to our standards -- too many false positives and too much work to QC the "fixes" they make. The problem with automated restoration tools is that if you run an auto-pass and then go back through it, you're much more likely to miss a subtle artifact than if you just do all the work by hand. That way every fix requires a conscious effort and it's much harder to end up with artifacts.


For us, the best strategy is to approach film restoration 100% manually. It's more expensive but the results are superior and we can be totally confident that it's artifact-free. We just upgraded our MTI to DRS Nova (the newest version), in fact, in anticipation of our next large project - a major 35mm feature from the 70's that's riddled with negative dust from the 4k scan that was done in Italy last year.


By the way - good call on the ScanStation. You'll love it - It's an amazing machine. I absolutely adore ours!



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Hey Perry,


Thanks for the details, I'll contact you off list.


I agree about the scanstation. This machine is incredible. Really impressed with the images and the customer support. We had an issue, they went online and controlled the scanner and software, diagnosed it and next morning we had a new video card at our studio.


Awesome guys.

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Yes, the art of restoration/cleaning is best approached from a creative point of view, on a case by case basis - between a macro level (work wide sensibility) to a micro level (frame by frame or sub frame level).


Automation plays a role in this - but it's not for ease of use purposes (one click solutions) - but in order to facilitate consistency.


For example, if one undestands a shot is a tad over-exposed, it will typically mean that every frame of that shot has the same problem (not always but as a rule). Any solution one devises will typically apply to each frame - so one doesn't want to make a new adjustment at each frame. One wants the same fix applied to all frames. Automation allows that. Other times, the required correction may need to vary across a shot. Again, automation facilitates that. It allows one to have a correction vary smoothly from one keyframe to another.


Even where other problems (so called) may affect only a single frame, one still desires consistency between the fixed frame and the frames that didn't need it - still requiring a consistency-sensitive methodology.


Automation provides for that.


Where automation is otherwise aimed at ease-of-use capabilities - wrapped up in some user interface towards a one-click solution - it arguably emerges from a misreading of automation. As if that was all that automation provides.







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Consistency isn't always the goal of course. Indeed, quite often inconsistency is required, be it at an inter-scene level, or an inter-shot level, or an inter-frame level, or indeed at a subframe level. Even more reason to have the algorithms within control of the user, rather than the machine.



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FILM9 V2 is available

Your comments and requests have constantly guided the development of this new software.
Rather than listing the long list of new possibilities, I invite you to visit our website,
watching the demos and tutorials and of course only if you want ...

... To try this new version here !

We have always a lot of fun to talk with you on this forum, share tips and each discovery.

Gilles and Roland

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A new update is available Film9 (2.03). It fixes several bugs including the re-installation in English.
The list of these fixes is available in the application directory.

- A DUPLICATE function has been added in the interpolator.
As has often been discussed on the forum, the Interpolators are not flawless.
And especially on fast-moving sequences. Artifacts are visible.
To try to get around this, we added a function of image duplication.
With this method, there are more artifacts, but against the judder effect can be felt.
Nothing is perfect .....
To limit this effect of jerks, it was added to the Duplicate function, Mixing function (which is optional).
Mixing This function will interpolate just ONE picture after the duplicated image. It's a balance between pure and simple interpolation Duplication.
After that it is for everyone to find the formula.

A tip for those who have some time to treatment with interpolation (for Audio and Sound). This gives, after all, a fluidity to the majority of plans.
Then make another treatment (with the same settings) but Duplication.
And in the final, in your NLE, simply superimpose the two clips and select Duplicate on the track, the sequences that have artifacts on the interpolation track.
Warning: Duplicate processing is slower than the interpolation processing.

- A resizing function Clips Non-Standard
There are more and more users that use sensors or cameras called "professional" and, especially, with the ability to synchronize projector / camera.
These cameras have, among others, the option of framing the image pixel. The downside is that the dimensions width / height are not in a video standard.
This new feature will let resize, in a standard format that captures Non-Standard.
Just simply choose its size in the Project window.

For users who have encountered difficulties in installing Film9 two new tutorials are available on the www.film9.org sites, they detail the steps of the installation on Windows 7 and Windows 10.

Here, again, we hope Gilles and me, these small changes will satisfy you.
Thank you, anyway, to share your comments .....

Good Test !

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