MERCURY FILMS incorporates CHERRY TOWERS, a 24-hour laboratory dedicated to the digitisation and restoration of its films with state-of-the-art equipment unique in Europe.
The process start with cleaning of the negative, after which the film is passed through scanning equipment to adjust the light and colorimetry of the emulsion. This process digitises the image in a 4K resolution file accompanied by a WAV audio file. Once the image has been scanned, the colour is digitally corrected frame by frame, converting the film into a digital file for storage (DPX, AVI, TIFF, etc.).
Once scanned, the image and sound are restored. Image restoration is undertaken using two systems: Digital Vision Phoenix and DaVinci Revival. The image is digitised and the signal is processed to automatically remove specks of dust, scratches, grains, stabilisations, flickering and even focus problems.
A manual process is used to correct faults that cannot be redressed in the automatic process. A frame reconstruction system is also used to replace any lost or missing frames by means of a morphing process based on the dynamic analysis of previous and subsequent frames. The Revival system uses 16 parallel processors and the Phoenix system’s CPU has 26 cores.
The Sonic Solutions system is used for sound restoration, directly removing noise and knocks with hardly any effect on the rest of the frequencies.
Engine room where format changes (HDCAM SR, HD, BTC Digital...) are performed.
Cherry Towers also have a Clipster system, in which films are scanned to create digital files (Quick Time, AVI, MPG ...).