Armenia's HyeFilm to restore archives with da Vinci technology

The newly privatized Armenian film studio HyeFilm is using da Vinci's Resolve digital mastering suite and Revival color image restoration systems for digitizing and restoring the country's vast film archives. Using original negatives stored for decades in the Soviet state film library in Moscow, HyeFilm will repair, enhance and preserve Armenian film archives dating back to 1924.

The Resolve and Revival systems at HyeFilm are connected to a common storage area network (SAN), enabling users to access the same materials without having multiple copies between systems. HyeFilm will use Revival to restore films using its tools for removing dirt, dust, scratches and flicker, while also providing image stabilization. Once the restoration processes are complete, the film files are instantly accessible by Resolve for final color grading and image enhancement. The Resolve system will also provide the required deliverables such as SD and HD video for television broadcast, as well as scanner files for film output for cinema release or archive storage.

Revival is a complete motion picture image restoration system designed to handle everything from heavy-duty restoration to digital remastering. The system offers deFlicker, as well as the removal of dust, stain, blotch, dirt, grain and noise removal. An automatic mode analyzes and processes images, while Revival's interactive mode enables manual restoration of individual sequences, allowing operators to achieve the highest quality result at optimized speed.

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