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Recovering historical film footage by processing microtomographic images

Liu, Chang, Rosin, Paul L. ORCID:, Lai, Yu-Kun ORCID:, Davis, Graham R., Mills, David and Norton, Charles 2016. Recovering historical film footage by processing microtomographic images. Presented at: EuroMed 2016: Digital Heritage. Progress in Cultural Heritage: Documentation, Preservation, and Protection, Nicosia, Cyprus, 31 October -5 November 2016. Published in: Ioannides, Marinos, Fink, Eleanor, Moropoulou, Antonia, Hagedorn-Saupe, Monika, Fresa, Antonella, Liestøl, Gunnar, Rajcic, Vlatka and Grussenmeyer, Pierre eds. 6th International Conference, EuroMed 2016, Nicosia, Cyprus, October 31 – November 5, 2016, Proceedings, Part I. Lecture Notes in Computer Science Springer Verlag, pp. 219-231. 10.1007/978-3-319-48496-9_18

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1960s film was typically printed on tri-acetate film base. If not preserved properly, such material breaks down at a chemical level, which is a non-stoppable process that permanently fuses the film so that it essentially becomes a lump of solid plastic. Recently, some precious films, such as the only known copy of the earliest surviving episode of ‘The Morecambe and Wise Show’ have been discovered, but they are in poor condition. They will eventually turn into a pool of sticky liquid and be gone forever. In this paper, as proof of concept, we use X-ray microtomography to provide 3D imaging of a test film of similar vintage, and propose an automatic method to extract footage from it.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Computer Science & Informatics
Uncontrolled Keywords: tri-acetate film, X-ray microtomography, 3D imaging
Publisher: Springer Verlag
ISBN: 9783319484952
ISSN: 0302-9743
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 7 September 2016
Date of Acceptance: 29 September 2016
Last Modified: 01 Nov 2022 11:14

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