11 November 2004
Archive specialist invests in resolution independent digital restoration suite from MTI
In what is a major boost to its comprehensive restoration facilities, archive specialist TMR has made a substantial investment in a digital restoration suite from MTI. The purchase means that the VTR Media Services company can now offer clients every restoration technique - from physical film treatment processes to electronic HD and SD scratch and dirt removal, noise reduction, stabilisation and format/resolution conversion.
The new digital restoration system brings non-linear dirt and scratch removal and image stabilisation capabilities to the facility and complements TMR’s existing Teranex imageRestore real-time restoration device. The MTI suite is PC driven and provides resolution independent restoration from SD and HD right the way up to 2K, 4K and beyond. It will be housed in a new bespoke suite on the top floor of TMR’s Soho facility and will see the company reinforce its position as the UK’s leading archive specialist. The combination of the new suite and TMR’s exclusive Film Treatment Centre means that TMR can offer a restoration service that no other facility can.
“The beauty of the MTI system is that it’s non-real-time and you can work on a project piece by piece to do noise and grain reduction, aperture correction or flicker correction,” said Darryl Huxley TMR’s technical director.
“It’s also very easy to expand the capabilities of the MTI kit and we’re already thinking about this even though it’s only recently been installed,” added Huxley.
The suite is already being used 24-hours a day, seven days a week at the facility and there are already three major projects lined up for it, with several more in the pipeline.
Established in 1991, TMR has over 13 years’ experience of providing specialist restoration, digitisation, DVD authoring and telecine to the film, television, corporate and entertainment markets. It offers clients highly experienced operators with cutting edge technology.
Within TMR there are two key divisions. TMR Digital (formerly Clipstream) provides full DVD authoring and encoding facilities to media companies. It also reaches out into the wider corporate and blue chip market through its design, build and integration of customised digital asset management and website services.
TMR is the archive and restoration specialist, providing a full suite of optical and digital video and film restoration services at either SD or HD resolutions. It also includes London’s only traditional film treatment centre, as well as full feature film mastering and duplication facilities.
Clients include BFI, IWM, TWI, Pathé, Shed, HIT Entertainment, BBC Worldwide, BUFVC, British Movietone News, Getty Images and Walt Disney.
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