Film Labs



Film Research and Archaeology

For each project, GOTIKA LABS undertakes a complete process that involves gathering historical and technical information related to the project, researching the availability of the best film sources, as well as other related media that can aid in the restoration process. GOTIKA LABS' staff thoroughly will document every discovery and every step or future utilization.

Teaser of the process of restoration of the film "Perdón Viejita" (1927, José A. Ferreyra)


Film Cleaning, Repair, and Scanning

GOTIKA LABS' staff cleans and handmade repairs accordingly to the condition of the film to avoid unnecessary stress and chemical processes that can generate degradation of the film support. GOTIKA LABS' technology allows high-speed frame by frame scanning, using the latest methods such as high dynamic range and infrared reading of dirt, retaining the quality of the original film in its digital counterpart. Regarding the sound, GOTIKA LABS' staff can digitize from positive and negative optical soundtracks, both variable area and density, as well as magnetic soundtracks. GOTIKA LABS provides Film Cleaning, Repair, and Scanning services ON SITE WORLDWIDE to avoid unnecessary handling of heritage assets. The services include inspection, cataloging, and labeling.

World Day for Audiovisual Heritage 2015


Tape Cleaning, Repair, and Digitization

GOTIKA LABS' tape digitization service includes all old video and audio formats and systems. From Quadruplex to XDCAM. Before digitization, every tape is visually inspected to decide upon the cleaning and repair processes. GOTIKA LABS provides Tape Cleaning, Repair, and Digitization services ON SITE WORLDWIDE to avoid unnecessary handling of heritage assets. The services include inspection, cataloging, and labeling.

Some work realized for INCAA TV (2010-2015)


Film and Video Restoration

Since 1996 GOTIKA LABS restores and preserves thousands of hours of audiovisual heritage and feature films, accomplishing satisfied customers around the globe. GOTIKA LABS works in a non-destructive workflow specifically designed to achieve the best possible quality for every project. GOTIKA LABS specializes in frame-by-frame repairing all the serious film problems like dirt, dust, scratches, vertical lines, drops, warps, tears, instability, flicker, noise, grain, channel align or missed frames without affecting the source material. GOTIKA LABS also recreates optical titles and credit sequences among other visual effects with the latest digital tools.

More examples on YouTube

Argentine Film Recovery Scheme (recuperar.org) Restoration Demo


Color Correction, Mastering, Encoding and DCP

To recover the original look and working with the Film Research and Archaeology Department, GOTIKA LABS' experts color grades and corrects according to the initial aesthetic decisions. The multiscreen mastering includes deliverables for cinema, television, and the Internet up to 4K resolutions, and complying SMPTE, ITU, AES, EBU and DCI standards among others.

More examples on YouTube

Process of restoration and color grading of the film "La Mary" (1974, Daniel Tinayre)


Sound Restoration

GOTIKA LABS' staff restores problems such as an excessive presence of noise, clicks, saturation, unbalanced mixes. Also out-of-phase to enhance mono mixes to up mix them in stereo, stereo mixes to up mix them in 5.1 surround with the real center, Music & Effects mixes or even Dolby® Digital and DTS® encoding on films or embedded in broadcast masters using Dolby® E system. High-resolution loudness normalization complies with recommendations by ITU and EBU for determining subjective program loudness and true-peak signal level.

More examples on SoundCloud


Preservation

From worldwide logistics to rehousing, inspection, repairing, labeling, digital cataloging, scanning (on our premises or on-site), digital assets management, GOTIKA LABS puts all the pieces together.


Infrastructure

After years of work and expertise, GOTIKA LABS has invested in the best tools and equipment on the audiovisual market. Our technology includes software and hardware of the most prominent and experienced companies of digital cinema and broadcast business like DIGITAL VISION®, LASERGRAPHICS®, AVID®, PRO TOOLS®, ASSIMILATE®, BLACKMAGIC DESIGN®, DIGIMETRICS®, DOLBY®. DELL® and IBM® provides storage, networks and archiving systems. All connected through high-speed fiber optics.


Works and Clients

We restored thousands of hours of film heritage and feature films for clients as:

Argentina: LITA STANTIC PRODUCCIONES, INCAA TV, ARGENTINA SONO FILM, K&S FILMS, PATAGONIK.Malaysia: FINAS (Formerly FILEM NEGARA MALAYSIA). UK: CHANNEL FOUR, PATHÉ, WILDBUNCH, ICA (INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ARTS). France: ARTE CANAL, ECLAIR, WILDBUNCH, TF1. Netherlands: CINEMIEN. USA: HBO, THE WEINSTEIN COMPANY (TWC), HBO, DISNEY, BUENA VISTA, OLYMPUSAT, TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX, SURCO (GUSTAVO SANTAOLALLA), BLUE LIGHT, TURNER, CELLULOID DREAMS, ARENA ENTERTAINMENT, RAINBOW NETWORK, HD CINEMA. Brazil: VIDEOFILMES (WALTER SALLES), CINELANDIA. Spain: TVE. Hong Kong: UNIVERSE.

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Sergio Rentero