Content owners are keen to bring their libraries digitally up-to-date, maximize their assets with digital restoration, according to London-based JCA. The facility recently remastered Peter Gabriel: Secret World Live in HD for Eagle Rock Entertainment. York Tillyer, director of visual media at Peter Gabriel’s Real World, comments: “We wanted to bring Secret World Live up to the highest visual standards. Working with JCA enabled us to rebuild the film from the analogue source, not just significantly enhancing the image quality but revealing the full frame of the super 16 negative to best display the scope of this cinematic production.”
Real World delivered the original 16mm negatives, which were shot across 12 cameras and two concerts. Using these, JCA created offline copies to conform the program. Then an edit decision list (EDL) was created in Final Cut Pro (FCP). Next, a super 2k scan was performed on the required shots. The content was then restored and given grain treatments to sharpen the image. Once restored, award-winning colourist Ray King graded the data (DPX) file sequence in line with Eagle Rock Entertainment and Real World’s specifications.
Matt Bowman, commercial director at JCA, said: “The number of digital restoration commissions we are seeing is increasing sharply, with content owners keen to bring their libraries digitally up-to-date, maximizing the assets they already possess. Classic footage, such as Peter Gabriel: Secret World Live, can be remastered for digital distribution and consumption in true High Definition. Improvements in film scanning and digital restoration techniques have effectively unlocked the commercial route to market, making vast amounts of film ideal for servicing and just waiting to be exploited by content owners and enjoyed by viewers.”
The remastered version of Peter Gabriel: Secret World Live will be released on 16 July 2012.