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Institut National De L’audiovisuel Expands Restoration Services


France’s central audio visual archive repository Institut National de L’audiovisuel (INA) has installed a second Phoenix, Digital Vision’s flagship restoration system. INA conserves the archive of France’s AV material including terrestrial, cable and satellite television as well as radio.

The new Phoenix system installed at INA handles both film and video restoration, providing an end-to-end workflow that allows material to be restored in SD and converted to HD using automated and semi-automated, file-based features. The INA selected the second Phoenix to speed up the restoration of archived material with a trusted system that is already in use in the facility. The film and video restoration department at INA has been an early Beta tester of Phoenix, contributing to the product’s advancement.

“The automated toolset that Phoenix provides significantly streamlines the restoration process, which is very simple,” Jean Varra, technical manager, INA explained. “We run a first pass over the entire program.  The second pass enables us to set specific tools and features and restore the media shot by shot, and the third pass frame by frame, removing any final imperfections. Phoenix is a very high-quality system and the new version, 2012.1, which we are currently beta testing, not only gives us the new video tools, but also provides quicker rendering  of the DVO restoration tools.”

“We’re delighted that INA has installed a second Phoenix system, further highlighting its commitment in the development of the product,” Torbjörn Dyrvold, Phoenix & DVO product manager at Digital Vision said. “The recent addition of Phoenix’s new integrated video restoration toolset announced at this year’s NAB enables customers such as INA to expand their services and bring new life to valuable content stored on analogue tape formats such as 1-inch, U-Matic and Betacam SP.”

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