There are many risks to your audio and visual media. Some media can deteriorate simply sitting on the shelf. Generally keeping media in a cool but not humid environment would be the best storage conditions. Mold is probably the biggest issue with media that we see in our office. Mold will eat the emulsion (the picture) of film, negatives, photos, etc. Mold is also dangerous to handle without proper handling procedures. Once mold has eaten the emulsion, nothing can restore the image. However, we can arrest further damage, kill the mold, and salvage the remaining image. Many times this can mean salvaging more than 90% of the media. Mechanical damage to your media is the next major issue. We see damage such as torn film, missing pieces of photos, wrinkles, etc. Our equipment and expertise can handle many of these issues and in many cases digitize most if not all of the image. Wear and tear is probably the issue that is most difficult to resolve. Video tapes with wrinkled video or worse is almost impossible to fix. Many other issues with wear and tear, such as film scratches can be minimized using special equipment, software, and techniques. Contact us, your archival media specialists, and we can help assess your collection.
Had a great time on CBC Radio’s BC Almanac show (Dec 31, 2014), hosted by Michelle Eliot. Really enjoyed taking calls and helping people with their questions on audio and visual media and what to do with their treasured memories.
If you haven’t already figured out, I’m passionate about preserving films. We are your archival film specialists. From the early 1900’s to the later part of the 1900’s film recorded our adventures, our dreams, our families’ birthdays, weddings, vacations and many other memorable events.
Here are a couple of youtube videos about my passion, film preservation and why it is so important.
Restoring Old Movies
Here’s an excellent film on preservation involving many of the experts that I follow. They show some amazing films clips, many of which you may have heard of.
Lost Forever: The Art of Film Preservation
Earlier this year (2015) one of my customers was so thrilled with my business of helping people preserve memories that she wanted to write an editorial so that more people would find out about what I do.
Here’s the article (click link below):
I really don’t feel comfortable writing this blog but I felt that customers need to know.
Now that we are on the verge taking another leap forward in our film transfer offerings (see 5K Film Scanning), I was looking back over some of the film transfer work that we’ve done in the the last few years. In 2014 a customer came to us with some concerns over a transfer he had done at a local competitor. We had a look at the DVD’s he had received and we were not thrilled with the quality of the competition. We encouraged the customer to take it back and ask them to redo the transfer and the competitor refused. We re-did the transfer for customer and the customer was amazed at the quality difference. We found the original transfer had the image too bright (blown out) in areas, the image was dirty (not cleaned), and the colour was off. Here’s is a frame grab example of the competition and the a re-transfer done by us:
It was also obvious that the competition did not do a frame-by-frame scan as many of the videos’ frames were blended and not unique. This makes the competitions scan softer and less sharp.
Customers come to us because we are passionate about doing it right!