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Red Giant Software Unveils New Film Restoration Tool (8/2/2005)

Red Giant Software, publisher of a line of professional desktop tools including Magic Bullet and Knoll Light Factory, today announced the availability of Film Fix. This new cutting-edge technology consists of a set of plug-ins designed for documentary filmmakers and post production studios that need film and video restoration tools on the desktop. Using Film Fix, After Effects users can restore tears, remove dust and dirt particles, and stabilise footage originated on film and video resolution material transferred from film. The processing is nearly automatic, provides high-quality output, and rivals dedicated high-end systems.

- Repair seams with the only automated tear-repair tool on the market. - Stabilise footage with fast, software-based 2D translation. - Automatically eliminate severe non-linear inter-frame brightness fluctuations. - Remove dust and sparkle defects using motion detection information. - Render across a set of networked computers to execute full collective CPU potential.

„Before Film Fix, film restoration was prohibitively expensive. Film Fix is the new Holy Grailųits desktop capabilities seriously change the market. With an archive of more than 14,000 old educational and industrial films, for us it is indispensable,š said Skip Elsheimer, founder/owner of AV Geeks Film Archive.

Film Fix utilises a fast, accurate motion estimation system, which processes pixel-accurate image data at different scales similar to the way the human eye views the world. These powerful, intelligent algorithms allow it to identify problems such as dust, dirt, and tearing despite complex motion in the footage. Once identified, these artifacts are quickly and naturally removed.

Film Fix is an ideal desktop restoration system competitive with dedicated high-end platforms, when combined with After Effects‚ interactive touch-up tools and robust render farm capabilities. The workflow allows efficient processing of archival material for output to high definition or DVD.

Pricing and Availability

Film Fix for After Effects 6.0 or later (Windows only) is available now for €1,650 (£1,095 ex VAT). (Macintosh support will be added in Q2 2005.) Film Fix also includes full support for unlimited multi-client rendering through an After Effects render farm.

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