Cache Media's Cinnafilm Dark Energy Products Receive High Praise after the Restoration of "Poirot"
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Online PR News – 10-September-2012 –Cinnafilm's Dark Energy Professional noise management technology and film simulation was recently used to re-master the popular British television mainstay "Poirot" to Blu-ray for international consumer distribution. Cinnafilm’s sole UK distributor is Cache Media Limited a specialist media solutions company supplying top broadcast equipment for the digital cinema and television markets. As industry experts Cache know all about the process that was used to arrive at these highly praised results.
The images were first degrained using Dark Energy Professional, completely removing all traces of the original Super16mm film grain. Cinnafilm's virtual film development capabilities were then used to create an authentic, simulated 35mm grain. This gave warmth, presence, detail and enhancement. Dark Energy Professionals image cropping and scaling were also used to fit the full raster scans to the correct frame size.
Many times during the restoration process, directors, cinematographers and even critics will complain about "plasticised” faces, lowered "filmic" appearance, or "loss of detail," and rightfully so. Most technologies before Dark Energy were certainly guilty of all of the above. What sets Dark Energy apart from all other noise management technologies available on the market today (besides rendering speed that leaves everyone else far, far behind) is the ability to restore projects and deliver the DESIRED results, not just try to make it look as good as the application will allow.
Quoting Blu-ray.com's review of Poirot Series 5: "Film grain is readily evident, but almost never obvious, and there are no indications of grain reduction, detail filtering or artificial sharpening. The image remains natural and film-like, and of course there are no compression artifacts. The detail remains remarkable and the sharpness is a testament to both the quality of which 16mm photography is capable and the degree to which careful image harvesting can produce a superior Blu-ray from such sources. Black and contrast levels continue to be spot on, and grain is generally well controlled without evidence of any inappropriate digital tampering."
Cinnafilm technology is capable of amazing images and we are changing expectations on what can be achieved with archive material. Cache Media customers like JCA TV, who are achieving results like this on a regular basis, are certainly making a positive impact in the archive restoration market. For assistance in your restoration project or any other info, contact Cache Media Ltd (www.cache-media.com ) the UK sole distributor of Cinnafilm, Marshall Electronics, 360 Systems and Doremi Labs.
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