The NFSA collection holds over 135,000 individual cans of film; of this number more than 100,000 cans are preservation or original material.
Our Film Services team cleans, digitises and performs various post-production works on motion picture film. The collection is made up of nitrate, acetate and polyester stock bases. As part of this challenge, damaged, shrunken or brittle film in particular requires specialist experience, knowledge, handling processes and equipment.
We clean films using ultrasonics and delicate buffer rollers in the specialised cleaning solvent.
Our Film Services team digitally capture original film elements using a range of scanning platforms to recognised international digital preservation standards. The following film gauges are currently supported:
Using high-end edit suites and software packages, the team create files for digital distribution and browsing. Some of the functions we perform include: