Film restoration

the film restoration covers the editorial and technical re-establishment of a complete film or parts of it.

Indispensable pre-working for the restoration of a film like all historical materials is the documentation of the found condition.

A next step are searches over the original condition as well as comparative studies with possibly receive remained copies or parts in order to ensure the completeness as well as the if possible original the film in picture and clay/tone.

Now a concept can be provided for the re-establishment of the condition desired and with the technical re-establishment of the original information, which actual restoration, are begun. Usually the carrier of the information, the negative , consists out nitrocellulose ones with films of newer date of triac budget. These materials are most sensitively and usually mechanically attacked. In order not to transfer the damages existing on the film layer as on the carrier to the new negative, the negatives are first mechanically worked on and in the connection scanned. There it around Filmrollen acts is used Telecine or special film scanners . The digitally won pictures are worked on with restoration programs - like for example the program diamond, a product of the institute for information systems and information management of the company Joanneum Research in Graz in Austria -. The disturbances are removed thereby and now the digitally restored pictures over a negative from typesetter on film are noted again.


  • Paul Read and Mark Paul Meyer (Hrsg.:): Restoration OF motion picture film. Oxford 2000. ISBN 0-7506-2793-X
  • Paul Read: A Short History OF Cinema film post office Production (1896 - 2006). In: Joachim Polzer (Hrsg.): To the history of the film copying work. (On film lab History). World miracle of the cinematography. Contributions to a culture history of the film technology. Volume 8, 2006. April 2006. ISBN 3-934535-26-7
  • Joachim Polzer (Hrsg.): World miracle of the cinematography - contributions to a culture history of the film technology (7. Edition 2003) - Eberhard Nuffer: Film cut and cut table. Potsdam 2003. ISBN 3-934535-24-0
  • Joachim Polzer (Hrsg.): World miracle of the cinematography - contributions to a culture history of the film technology. (6. Edition 2002) - ascent and fall of the Tonfilms. Potsdam 2002. ISBN 3-934535-20-8

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