Techniques and Rationale for Motion Picture Restoration

Wednesday, February 8, 2006 - 1:30pm - 2:30pm
EE/CS 3-180
Kevin Manbeck (MTI Film, LLC)
Motion picture restoration spans the gamut from archival preservation of
historically and culturally significant works to pragmatic treatment of
low budget titles to extensive polishing of today's blockbusters. Each
restoration project has its own idiosyncrasies, including
original storage technology, type of damage, and final delivery requirements.
Each project needs to strike its own balance between speed and accuracy of
processing. Restoration must be approached in a way that addresses the
peculiarities and considerations unique to the material.

This talk presents some of the prototypical challenges encountered in
motion picture restoration. The evolution and consequences of several
prevalent storage technologies are discussed. Various sources of image
degradation and damage---both common and unusual---are demonstrated.
State-of-the-art restorations techniques are presented and critiqued. The
requirements and properties of modern delivery mechanisms are explained.
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