Digital Remastering For Film
Digital Remastering (DRM) is the process of taking an analogue image, in this case cine film, and attempting to correct the colour problems that can arise with age, poor processing, poor storage, poor camera setup etc to gain the best possible image.
Cine films especially are vulnerable to colour changes with age. The emulsion (the bit of the film that actually has the picture) is made up of different types of dyes. These dyes can fade at different rates over time. On some film such as Kodak Kodachrome this is less likely to happen but in most cases there will be some benefit from a DRM pass. Some other types of film can suffer significantly more than Kodachrome, films such as Ilford and some foreign makes are particularly susceptible. In addition the incorrect use of filters or the incorrect selection of film type when originally shot can make a huge difference. Take a look at our FAQ on cine problems to learn more:
Issues with cine film
At Timeless Moments we have always digitally remastered film to DVD as part of our standard service, we never charge more for this if you are ordering a ďcine to DVDĒ or ďcine to Blu-rayĒ service. We also offer it on our cine to digital file service at an additional cost. The reason we donít offer it as standard on the digital file service is that most good NLEs (Non Linear Editor or film editing software) have colour correction plugins built in and as the files will be edited anyway we leave that to the customer to make the adjustments they so desire to their own film.
This is an example of how DRM can improve typical 8mm transfers.