Kodak Introduces New Film Aimed at Archiving

Kodak logo - H 2012

Kodak logo - H 2012

The film stock was developed to address Hollywood’s “Digital Dilemma.”

Kodak has developed a new color film designed to address industry concern about long-term preservation of movies and TV content in the digital age.

“The Digital Dilemma reports published by the Science and Technology Council of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have carefully outlined the risks of digital storage,” said Kim Snyder, president of Kodak’s Entertainment Imaging Division. “(Digital) file-based projects often end up stored on tapes or drives, which need to be continually re-mastered or migrated, and run the risk of format obsolescence. Our goal was to create an affordable film option designed for content owners working on television programs, independent features and documentaries to assure long-term access and preservation of their valuable content."

Kodak reported that its new Color Asset Protection Film 2332 offers more than a century of dye stability when stored in recommended environments. This film is now available in the 35mm format. The company plans to add a black-and-white separation film to their asset protection portfolio later this year.

A presentation about the new film stock will be made at the Association of Moving Image Archivists’ Reel Thing Technical Symposium, which starts Friday at the Linwood Dunn Theatre in Hollywood.