Experts raise red flag over preservation

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With a sense of urgency, keynote speakers outlined challenges that the digital transition is creating in film restoration and preservation during the Reel Thing XX Technical Symposium.

The event was presented by the Association of Moving Image Archivists, Friday and Saturday at Hollywood's Linwood Dunn Theatre.

"We really need to consider content that is born digital so that it does not die digital," warned Leon Silverman, president of Kodak's postproduction business LaserPacific and vp of Kodak's Entertainment Imaging unit.

"Right now, we really don't have a good digital archive medium," said Leon Silverman, president of Kodak's postproduction business LaserPacific and vp of Kodak's Entertainment Imaging unit.

If the digital challenge is not met, Silverman said, "the industry will literally disintegrate into a pile of lost flash drives, hard drives, tape drives and other drives as the bits slowly fall off where we are carelessly creating them, placing them for the moment and storing them without a plan."

In a second keynote, Dalsa Digital Cinema president Rob Hummel addressed image resolution. Today, 2K is the most commonly used resolution in film restoration, but he and other industry leaders argue that that resolution has to be higher. (partialdiff)
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