Digital Vision has eye for restoration


AMSTERDAM -- Postproduction technology manufacturer Digital Vision is taking aim at film restoration with a new software tool designed to automatically restore and remaster volume, film and video content.

The Digital Vision Phoenix will be unveiled Friday at the International Broadcasting Convention in Amsterdam.

"A re-engineered restoration process can provide new opportunities in volume remastering," Digital Vision president and CEO Simon Cuff said. "Our goal with Phoenix is to enable facilities to process an entire project overnight on a single workstation and then review, tweak and deliver it the next day. The combination of in-context restoration, a simplified user interface, automated fixes and the ability to leverage available computing power delivers a toolset that makes volume remastering commercially viable."

Technicolor Creative Services in Burbank is testing Phoenix on a number of undisclosed restoration projects.

The software combines the technologies of Digital Vision's Emmy-winning DVNR/DVO video noise reduction/image enhancement systems and elements of its Film Master grading system. The manufacturer is headquartered in Stockholm and maintains a U.S. subsidiary in Los Angeles.