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Primeau Productions begins restoring Napoleon Hill Film Episodes

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

Primeau Productions has begun the transfer and restoration of three Napoleon Hill 16MM film episodes from the Master Key to Success video series. What does it take to restore historical film? What are the best tools to use to restore the films to high definition quality? I will explain our process and the care involved with these processes in the following blog post.

Over the last 30 years Primeau Productions has built their reputation on integrity and expertise. Our integrity shows when our clients work with our excellent team of producers, directors and editors. Our expertise comes across in our finished product, ask our clients like the Napoleon Hill Foundation who has trusted Primeau Productions with these rare historical film transfers and restoration.6784917118_ace10d38a1

Below is an image of the metal container that has helped preserve the film for over 50 years!

Film Reel Napoleon Hill 1

The first step in restoration is to inspect the film and determine the type of matter that has accumulated over the years and then clean the film accordingly. The second step is to look at the sprocket wear. Once the transfer process begins, the sprocket wear causes the film to play back with a shaky picture. We use Adobe After Effects to stabilize the image as part of the restoration process.

This particular series of films were recorded with an optic sound track. In other words, the audio portion of this film is not on a magnetic strip, it is a visually displayed sound configuration that is reproduced or played by using an optic sound reading projector.

16MM film projectors that have optic audio track capability have a single sprocket on the right side of the film and the optic audio track on the left side of the film as seen in the photograph below.

The audio portion is stored on the film as seen in the photograph below.

Napoleon hill film roll

The optic audio reader uses light to project the audio track to the optic reader built into the 16MM film projector.

Optical Sound ReaderWe use a Cannon XF 300 High Definition digital video camera to record the film and convert into digital form. The recording is then loaded into our computer for color correction, image restoration and HD formatting so it looks its best when played back. We use the Adobe CS6 suite of software for film restoration because of the quality of the tools in After Effects, Premiere Pro and Photoshop.

Extensive care is extremely important throughout this process because the film is fragile and easily scratched.

Once the film has been restored, a full quality Quicktime file is created, as well as subsequent digital video files for DVD authoring and other ‘to-be-determined’ Internet use.

Primeau Productions believes that the Napoleon Hill video collection will serve a huge purpose for future generations because the lessons taught by Dr. Hill are timeless. Plus, it is wonderful to see Napoleon Hill speaking in person about his studies and lessons learned.

photo credit: I shoot film! via photopin (license)

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