Digital Film Restoration

in General Discussion edited January 2014

John Lowry has done digital work on such classics as "Sunset Boulevard," "Gone With the Wind" and "Dr. Zhivago." By the standards of Hollywood and high-tech, he's been in the business forever--his company processed the live pictures from the 1971 Apollo moon mission, and he is the original patent holder on many of the first "noise reduction" techniques for film.

These days, Lowry's shop is lined with 300 Macintosh G4 computers. On a big job, they'll all be churning though a single movie, frame by frame, to tease out imperfections. Such labor-intensive work wasn't financially feasible for a small company a few years ago, when expensive SGI workstations were the norm.

Complete CNET article here.


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    majormattmajormatt Posts: 1,077member
    Very interesting read!

    Now I wonder how films are colorized? It seems too labor intensive.
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    macsrgood4umacsrgood4u Posts: 3,007member

    Now I wonder how films are colorized?

    Luckily they don't do that anymore.
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    scottscott Posts: 7,431member
    And they are using letter box more and more.
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