HS-ART Digital Service GMBH (Austria)
We would like to demonstrate the advantages of using a dedicated annotation tool for documenting the film conditions and its importance in preparing a film restoration project. This should be shown on behalf of a real world project which has been carried out in the framework of the NITROFILM project at Filmoteka Narodowa in Poland.
For this annotation project the DIAMANT-FILM ANNOTATOR from HS-ART has been chosen as annotation tool to annotate and describe a total of 42 full length feature films. HS-ART did tailor the tool to the needs of the NITROFILM project and made it generally available.
Background information about the whole annotation process and the resulting reports and documentations will be provided. A defect annotation vocabulary has been created and is available as annotation profile. Reports and metadata are available in various formats such as HTML, XLS/ODF or XML.
The use and benefits of the documented film conditions and metadata in the restoration process will be demonstrated. A live demo or a prepared movie will show how to use such an annotation tool and how to interact with external solutions, with reports and metadata. The final documentation and a short film (2 min) about the whole project would be available as a showcase.
The whole presentation will prove the benefits of a “annotation before restoration” as an interesting approach to restoration planning and monitoring.
Franz Höller (born in 1972) is the managing director of HS-ART Digital Service GmbH and product manager for the DIAMANT-Film Restoration Software. He is working as trainer and consultant in the fields of digital film restoration. As project manager he was involved in several international research projects in the digital media area. He has a master degree in Telematics from the technical university in Graz and has worked as R&D software engineer in the fields of image restoration and processing at Joanneum Research in Austria and Pandora-International in the UK.
Pawel Smietanka (born in 1969) is director of photography and member of Polish Society of Cinematographers (www.psc.pl). For many years he run the private company Digital Lab (digital intermediate 4K). Since 2000 he worked as trainer and consultant in the Camerimage Film Festival.
In 2006, he started to build the special department for digital restoration of film in National Film Archive in Warsaw. Since 2008 led in National Film Archive in Poland as a main expert on the digitalisation of the film collection, project called NITROFILM (www.nitrofilm.pl).