Proofing (archival negative cutting)
proofing is a buzz word that is bantered about these days.
It refers to the need to save the hundreds of episodes of
TV series (and MOWs) from the 1980's and 90's that were shot
on film, transferred to video, and vaulted.
Originally, TV shows were posted in film just like movies.
But with the continuing improvement and advancement of video
post production in the early 1980's, the producers of television
programs saw an effective way to reduce post production costs.
They began transferring these shows to video, and completing
the post production only in video. This increased the speed
required to finish episodes, which reduced post production
costs, and allowed more production time per episode. By the
mid 1980's, almost all TV shows were posted this way, with
only a few companies continuing to conform the original negative
for future archival purposes.
At the same time that video post came into vogue, a new type
of camera (actually an older camera that was modified) was
employed for shooting sitcoms and some dramatic series. This
camera used a 3-perf gate. With the use of the 3-perf camera,
the production company could save up to º the cost of raw
stock (negative), and º the cost of laboratory fees in processing.
Because this product was never intended for a film finish
(only a video post), it was not a concern that the 3-perf
film could not be projected. The final product ended up being
a SDTV (525 lines of resolution) video master. The original
negative footage was left uncut. Everyone lives happily ever
after, right? WRONG!.
It's now the year 2000, and HDTV is a reality. How do you
make sure that your TV product is ready for this or the next
technological advance to rear its head? You already know a
525 line video master isn't going to cut it, and line doubling
still looks like old TV in the wrong format. There is only
one proven way: go back to the highest quality, most perfect
form in which your show exists--the original negative.
With our cutting-edge technology combined with traditional
know-how, we can conform any television show--3-perf included.
We have the capability of creating a relationship of Timecode
to Keykode, giving you a frame accurate negative cut.
are currently working with AKA Cartoon in Vancouver British
Columbia on the second season archival negative cut of Ed,
Edd, & Eddy, an animated series for Turner. They are having
us 'Future Proof" the negative for their vaults.
Last year we conformed The Crow, Stairway to Heaven series
for Polygram Productions, which was then sold to MGM, with
the expectation of broadcasting in HDTV.