In response to the industry concerns about preserving today’s motion picture and television content long into the future, Kodak has developed an affordable color film specifically designed for asset protection. The new KODAK Color Asset Protection Film 2332 is optimized for content owners who originate or finish their productions on digital formats and want to protect their media for the future. The stock offers over a century of dye stability when stored in recommended environments and Kodak’s proprietary ESTAR base guarantees high-quality physical performance.
“File-based projects often end up stored on tapes or drives, which need to be continually re-mastered or migrated, and run the risk of format obsolescence,” explained Kim Snyder, president of Kodak’s Entertainment Imaging Division. “Our goal was to create an affordable film option designed for content owners working on television programs, independent features and documentaries to assure long-term access and preservation of their valuable content.”
KODAK Color Asset Protection Film 2332 is designed for exposure on digital film recorders and processed in standard ECP-2D chemistry. The product is built on current KODAK VISION Color Print Film 2383 technology with formulation changes incorporated to improve long-term dye stability. This new film, along with KODAK VISION3 Color Digital Intermediate Film 2254 (which has been available as part of the company’s portfolio since 2010), offer ultra-stable dyes. When Kodak scientists performed tests on the new film, the results indicated dye stability of over a century when stored under recommended conditions, and decades-long performance even in ambient environments.
Additional features include improved speed for ease of use on film recorders, and consistent image structure with equivalent sharpness and grain to the 2383 print film.
“The industry acknowledges the need for a long-term strategy,” added Snyder. “The ‘Digital Dilemma’ reports published by the science and technical council of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have carefully outlined the risks of digital storage. Film is still the one true archival medium, and this new, economical option provides a long-term solution for a variety of content owners.”
Kodak plans to add a black-and-white separation film to their asset protection portfolio later this year, which will join 2332 and 2254 to create a platform of archiving options for content owners.
KODAK Color Asset Protection Film 2332 is available now in the 35mm format.