[Tig] film restoration software

Jeff Kreines - Mindspring jeffkreines at mindspring.com
Sun Nov 23 20:09:48 GMT 2014


It all depends on what you need.  If you just need dust-busting, Phoenix Touch is very good, and costs about $2700 — it does automated dustbusting, and manual fixes of larger artifacts, even splotches as long as they don’t obscure the same part of the frame for several frames in a row.

Touch can deal with scratches that are very short — a couple of frames — and if they wander a lot it might be able to help — but it won’t deal with conventional scratches that don’t waver. That’s not an easy thing to do — if you need to fix these one can run another track in Resolve with the image shifted and masked and perhaps slightly blurred to fill in the scratch — but it’s not perfect.

For a lot of fixes, Resolve can be very useful — repositioning images to deal with bad splices, dealing with registration problems in the original film (either camera problems or printed-in problems), etc.

After Effects can be useful for things like warped frames, etc.

For me Resolve + Phoenix Touch does most of what I need, with AE in special cases.

Jeff Kreines

> On Nov 23, 2014, at 12:25 PM, justin lovell via Tig <tig at colorist.org> wrote:
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> I know this has been discussed many times, but looking for some new insight.
> Thoughts on film restoration software?
> I've tested pf clean, Diamant dustbuster +, Algosoft.
> *Pf clean* had the best interface, and allowed prores files without needing
> to convert to dpx sequences.
> *Dustbuster +* gave me the best results and excellent fine tuning controls.
> Very good customer support around development and improving the software.
> (scratch removal is getting better).
> *Algosoft* - still in development with some promising results.  UI is old,
> and very windows xp ish. Mainly an automated one touch solution.  Not
> necessarily what I'm after.
> Approx costs:
> Dustbuster quotes $18k
> Pfclean $10k
> Both have costly yearly upgrade fees.
> Mti I have not tested
> Phoenix retouch I have not tested.
> Anyone have results/opinions they could share?
> Justin Lovell
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