Our Workflow  

Our unique 10 step workflow to producing exceptional results

Our work enhances, invigorates and preserves historical archive footage. Using techniques that combine leading edge technical resources with the gentle reverence of experienced film craftsmen, every piece of film is fastidiously restored to emphasise the contours and details of its message.

Working with some of the world's leading film archives, R3store's processes are more than simply capturing and digitising moving images. Exploring the nature and relevancy of the content is crucial to the work, dictating the fine use of colour grading and restorative techniques.

The final results are delivered to the collection's curators in digital formats, granting them the ability to broadcast the glory of their film archives to a new audience without fear of damaging or degrading their original resources. This way, R3store breathes new life into footage once considered almost too valuable to view.

The Process

Click or swipe through our process steps to find out more about each stage of our unique workflow.

    Identification, Monitoring & Storage

    As soon as the film (master material) enters the building, it is barcoded and logged into our Farmers Wife scheduling system. All further movements within the premises are then logged according to the department to ensure that any particular asset can be made available when required. All materials are stored in a secure library awaiting next stage of the process. At the end of process materials are returned to the secure library awaiting despatch .

    Inspection & Repairing

    Once the master material has been identified and logged it undergoes physical inspection and preparation ready for scanning. This includes checking to ensure there is enough leader at the head and tail of the film to ensure it can run through the equipment and also to repair any loose film joins and sprocket damage.

    Cleaning

    All material is run through our ultrasonic film cleaner to remove any surface dirt which prepares the material ready for scanning. If the master material has already been prepared and cleaned we will supply direct to the scanning department in a suitable condition.

    Scanning Picture & Audio

    We use state of the art equipment, the Scanity HDR, which allows us to scan to 2k and 4k DPX files. During the scanning process the chrominance and luminance will be set to ensure that each DPX file will conform to the required limits of luminance and that any obvious colour casts will be corrected. As the picture scanning takes place in real-time it is possible to ingest the audio from a combined optical, a combined magnetic, or a separate magnetic track simultaneously to the film transfer; separate optical tracks would need to be ingested subsequently. All audio captures will be presented as 48 kHz, 24-bit WAV files or to suit any client required format.

    Grading

    The DPX files produced from the Scanity are then picked up in Nucoda Grading suites for final grade during which the chrominance and luminance will be adjusted to produce a 'fully graded' set of DPX files

    Picture Restoration

    There are two processes to Restoration. Manual and Automated. We use the digital phoenix software to carry out the automated work, this includes stabilisation of the image as well as removal of dirt, flicker and scratches. We can also remove grain if required. We also hold the video tools option which allows us to restore material that has originated from tape. After the automated pass we will then go over each frame by frame to manually remove anything the automated pass hasn't.

    Audio Restoration

    Any WAV audio file captured will be synchronized with the final graded DPX files and will then be encoded to any file format requested. At this stage the audio can be restored if required using Cedar software within Pro Tools. This is an extremely effective way to remove any hiss and clicks from the audio.

    Storage & Support

    Our LTO back-up system supports the reading and writing of both LTO5 & 6 tapes, in LTFS Format. To enhance productivity, all media management takes place prior to the copy to LTO. We can work with a client specific folder structure and file naming conventions or alternatively, we can provide clients with a recommendation based on asset types. To verify all assets have transferred to LTO with no data loss, we generate a MD5 checksum prior to transfer to LTO. This contains a unique code for every file found on that tape. The MD5 checksum is then supplied on the LTO, so data verification can be performed.

    Every LTO generated is logged into our asset management system for asset tracking purposes. A record report for each LTO is generated in this system. This record report provides a list of every asset stored on the LTO. A copy of the report is provided with each LTO for client review. All LTO? are given clear and concise labelling for quick and easy differentiation between tapes. This includes information such as client name, tape number, batch, Client ID? etc. Due to the complicated nature of client folders structures and file naming conventions, the LTO? are checked by a second operator to verify no mistakes have been made.

    Client Review & Sign Off

    Clients are invited to our studios to review, quality check and sign off work in advance of despatch. If required and requested, we can supply low res files for remote client quality check and approval.

    Despatch

    Once client sign off is received all master materials can be despatched or collected by prior arrangement together with our finished restored Digital Files on LTO tapes.