ARRI archive workshop brings industry together

ARRI has hosted its first major workshop focusing on the rapidly growing market for archive and restoration technologies. The two-day event at the company's headquarters in Munich, Germany, attracted more than 80 attendees from a diverse range of backgrounds and companies, including film archives, post houses, broadcasters and manufacturers.

Representatives from four different national film archives and companies in more than 10 other countries, ranging from Switzerland to China, took part in the gathering. These specialists discussed current trends in archive applications and examined the most advanced tools now available for the manipulation, restoration and preservation of film and digital media.

The ARRI demos and the talks were particularly useful and interesting.

Leading restoration software companies demonstrated their latest products, all of which facilitate digital repairs to damaged film materials. These included Phoenix and DVO from Digital Vision, DaVinci Revival from Blackmagic, Correct from MTI and Diamant from HS-ART. ARRI also presented the range of unique archive tools it has recently made available for the ARRISCAN film scanner, as well as its ARRILASER film recorder and RELATIVITY software.

Workshops and seminars assessed various archive workflows and technologies, and addressed issues such as the 2K versus 4K debate, the future of digital restoration and the challenge of long-term storage. Speakers included influential members of the archive community such as Mikko Kuutti, who sits on the Technical Commission of FIFA (the International Federation of Film Archives).Case studies included the well-publicized restoration work recently done on Fritz Lang's 1927 masterpiece, Metropolis.

With so much attention in the film industry currently being showered on emerging digital acquisition tools such as the ARRI ALEXA camera, the Archive Workshop served as timely reminder that equal efforts must be made towards archiving the digital data being created. Similarly, attention must be paid to the best possible ways of preserving the rich cultural heritage that already exists on film and making it accessible in a digital world.

Feedback from the event has been overwhelmingly positive. John Palmer, Digital Film Bureau Manager at Ascent 142 in London, commented: "I thoroughly enjoyed the workshop, which had the right mix of informality and friendly professionalism. The ARRI demos and the talks were particularly useful and interesting; I learnt a lot and came away with a lot to think about. We were very impressed with not just the workshop and ARRI's setup, but also with all of the staff. I'm certainly interested in returning for future events."

Martin Bennett, Digital Vision's VP Worldwide Marketing says, "Digital Vision is very keen to promote and assist its partners and ARRI's restoration workshop provided a unique platform for attendees to draw on the vast experience available.

For more information and documentation on this workshop and similar events planned for the future, please contact smaier@arri.de