The film equipment has the capacity to digitise 8mm, Super8, 16mm, and 35mm film. Clients are typically provided an access copy (watchable and downloadable format) and preservation copies of the films (images of single frames).
Prior to digitisation all film is prepared by staff with a basic inspection. A leader is attached to the head and tail ends of the film to provide the length necessary to be loaded onto the Lasergraphics ScanStation 6.5k, ensuring that all frames are captured. Films are tested for acetate compounds (a good indicator of how degraded a film may be) as it allows our staff to handle degraded the film safely. Acetate gives off a vinegar odour and can be damaging to persons if exposed over a prolonged period.
Dye fade is common with degrading film. Depending on the format and previous storage conditions, as the other dyes fade away, film can begin to appear too dark, light or one specific colour such as red or blue. DCWA will ensure film is objectively legible by carrying out elementary colour correction.