Pro Hollywood Restoration
There are different levels of restoration that can be performed on old movie film. The reason you want to some restoration is because the images have color shifted (toward blue in most cases) and has become darker then they were originally.
Color and exposure restoration is probably the most important. The reason is that much of the amateur film was shot too dark or too light and film generally gets darker as it ages. We have a unique ability to dynamically adjust the amount of light and color balance as the film is being scanned. This will save as much film as possible compared to a one light scan. In addition, after the scan, an editor will go through the film and make final adjustments based on things that should look a certain way like skin tone, the sky, etc. About 80% of our customers choose to add color correction to their order.
Grain elimination is probably the 2nd most important restoration technology. Grain (tiny dots) is on all film. The grain makes the film look extremely flat. As soon as you remove the grain the image not only looks clear and sharp but there is more dimension to the people and objects. The higher resolution scans and HD and Ultra HD TVs make grain elimination something we recommend for all customers. See the before/after examples below. About 75% of our customers end up ordering this optional service.
Stabilization is something that we don’t see as necessary for most customers. It is nice to have but is not something that is necessary. The reason is that most amateur film was shot using a handheld camera. People are used to seeing footage from handheld cameras and they expect footage that is shaky sometimes. So, if you can afford it then it would be great to have. If you have to choose one, we recommend the grain elimination.
About 75% of our customers end up ordering this
Look at the before and after picture and it’s easy to see how the grain can become distracting and irritating. All film will have these tiny film grain dots in it. What makes this worse is that the example pictures below are only 1/6th the size of the entire frame. So, imagine how dirty the image looks at full frame. This is why we recommend grain elimination on all film so that when this is shown on an HD or Ultra HD TV you won’t a the muddy image but a clean image of just the things you care about.
Most amateur films were shot with a handheld camera so they inherently have some stabilization issues. In order to stabilize the image it must be cropped around the edges to keep the images stable from frame to frame. So, the more stabilization, the more it must crop. So we have decided to offer minor stabilization to fix the majority of issues while cropping a minimal amount.