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Ryan RitcheyCleaning up 8mm and 16mm footage
by on Apr 8, 2014 at 3:59:18 pm

Hi everyone,
I don't touch AE much, as I'm usually more on the editing side of things (usually FCP 7/X) I am working on a project using 8mm and 16mm archival footage. I'd like to clean up the scratches/etc. Any particular AE or FCP plugin/method the community would suggest?


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Dave LaRondeRe: Cleaning up 8mm and 16mm footage
by on Apr 8, 2014 at 4:05:30 pm
Last Edited By Dave LaRonde on Apr 8, 2014 at 4:11:55 pm

You got the frame rate issues sorted out so the footage is all progressive?

16mm is normally 23.976 (aka 23.98, aka 24p), so the pulldown can be removed. That's tough to do on 8mm film, because I'm pretty sure it's at 18fps.

Dave LaRonde
Promotion Producer
KGAN (CBS) & KFXA (Fox) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Stephen SmithRe: Cleaning up 8mm and 16mm footage
by on Apr 8, 2014 at 9:48:26 pm

Take a look at this software, it isn't cheap:

http://www.blackmagicdesign.com/products/davincirevival

If you want to eliminate scratches in AE you will need to use the clone tool to paint them out. It will be a very time consuming process. I personally think it gives old film a cool look.

Stephen Smith

Utah Video Productions

Check out my Vimeo page


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Chris WrightRe: Cleaning up 8mm and 16mm footage
by on Apr 9, 2014 at 1:06:53 am

ouch! $9,000 for linux, here's a $49 one that works just as good
http://spotremoverfilter.com/


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Tero AhlforsRe: Cleaning up 8mm and 16mm footage
by on Apr 9, 2014 at 6:31:45 am

[Stephen Smith] "Take a look at this software, it isn't cheap:

http://www.blackmagicdesign.com/products/davincirevival"


Revival is terrible and Blackmagic is probably killing it soon. I wouldn't put any money on it. PFclean is good but still expensive, you can get a 30 day fully functioning trial of it though. Digital Vision Phoenix is also an option but they don't even have a price up on the website so...


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Ryan RitcheyRe: Cleaning up 8mm and 16mm footage
by on Apr 10, 2014 at 2:39:07 pm

Hmm. Seems like the PFClean website is down (hopefully not bone.) It's weird: It seems like everyone stopped developing these program several years ago. Seems like there should be a program/plugin that would allow you to clean up a frame of a scene manually, then tell it to process the rest to look like that.

Any other options, or anyone know another place to find PFClean trial?


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Tero AhlforsRe: Cleaning up 8mm and 16mm footage
by on Apr 10, 2014 at 5:29:36 pm

[Ryan Ritchey] "Seems like there should be a program/plugin that would allow you to clean up a frame of a scene manually, then tell it to process the rest to look like that."

Dust and scratches aren't in same spots in different frames.

[Ryan Ritchey] "anyone know another place to find PFClean trial?"

You'll need to email Pixel Farm's customer service.


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