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Scottish firm aims to preserve world's film archives

  13.04.09 1:19pm

Windense believes it has developed a cost-effective system that will help to digitise the millions of reels of film currently being held in storage around the world.

Many scanners designed for digitising modern film are expensive and can cost a six-figure sum.

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They are also not entirely suitable for using with older stock, due to its fragility.

The new system developed by Windense, run by husband and wife team Michael and Linda Howell, uses digital SLR cameras to capture multiple pictures of the same frame.

Windense's OmniScan software then puts those images together and turns them back into moving pictures.

The technique does not need the film to be rolled through sprockets and is said to remove mechanical juddering, oscillations and motion distortions.

It may also help to allow archive materials to become more widely available by allowing them to be streamed on the internet.

The Glasgow company hopes to target organisations such as the American Library of Congress, plus the BBC and other broadcasters, which hold large archive collections.

Read the story here:  http://www.heraldscotland.com/business/company-news/scottish-firm-aims-to-preserve-worlds-film-archives.20740698