Video, audio & film restoration

Media Restoration
  • Tape baking, cleaning & digitising
  • Film cleaning and splicing
  • Digital Video Noise Reduction

Cleaning, scratch & dirt removal and digital noise reduction.

FATS is the industry specialist in recovering high quality video and audio footage from old degrading tape and film assets.

Older tape material suffers degradation. Typically the oxide on tape absorbs moisture if not stored in ideal conditions. This can also encourage the growth of mould.

FATS operate a scientific oven that is used to bake and dehydrate moisture from oxide tape. This ensures that the media plays without shedding and causing head clogs.

After the dehydration process is complete, FATS utilise several RTI Proline tape cleaner evaluators. These machines spool the tape, remove loose debris, dust and mould and leave the tape surface polished. The process is electronically monitored and reported at the conclusion of the process.

Degraded film is restored and cleaned using bench mounted winding and cleaning equipment.

Dust particles are removed using tacky transfer rollers and hand cleaned with liquids. In extreme cases ultra-sonic cleaning baths can be utilised. Film is carefully repacked and damaged splices are repaired prior to transfer.

Our telecines are equipped with PTR sticky rollers to remove any further dust or dirt as the film is transferred to file.

Digital Video Noise Reducers (DVNR) can be utilized during the telecine transfer to remove film grain, dirt and dust from the image in real time.

Digital vision film master software is optionally available for frame by frame, computer assisted image restoration for images that need special attention.