Ah restorations and remasters. I love ’em! (As evidenced by my continual project of digitizing and retouching my Dad’s photographic collection.)
Film remasters, audio remasters, photographic restorations, everything. It’s breathing new life into something old and making it look and sound the best it can, either by taking the original film stock, audio tape, or photograph, and giving it a high-resolution digital transfer that captures every detail.
(When it comes to film, the ironic thing is that once they’ve finished the digital restoration, a copy of that restoration goes right back onto new fine-grain film stock, and a digital copy goes into a server storage farm. This is due to the fact that long-term digital storage is shaky and formats change frequently.)
I’ve always wanted to get into the field, but there’s a lot to learn. A lot of time and work goes into restorations and remasters (film in particular).
To show just what goes into film restoring, I wandered around YouTube and found some videos that I believe detail the process fairly well.
(There are a number of them!) [Warning: Flash player ahead!]
Thanks to the multi-week holiday break we get from our program, I’ve been able to play a bit more Grand Theft Auto V.
I got it back in September when it came out, and 4 months later, I still think it looks damn good.
I’m continually impressed by the visuals in this game, in particular the atmosphere. It’s one of the best looking games I’ve seen in a while, and the folks at Rockstar really outdid themselves.
Luckily, they give players a cameraphone so you can go around snapping photos of things you come across.
Below are some that I’ve taken over the course of my playing. They tend to be mainly landscape-type photography taken in the desert and wilderness areas. (Also power lines seem to make frequent appearances.)
0:00 – The Beatles – Another Beatles Christmas Record (1964)
3:51 – Andy Williams – Sleigh Ride
5:53 – Vince Guaraldi Trio – Christmas Time Is Here
8:37 – Elvis Presley – Here Comes Santa Claus
10:29 – Dean Martin – Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
12:24 – Bing Crosby – White Christmas
15:25 – Burl Ives – A Holly Jolly Christmas
17:35 – Gene Autry – Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
20:46 – Bobby Helms – Jingle Bell Rock
22:53 – Brenda Lee – Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree
24:54 – Andy Williams – It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year
27:23 – Johnny Mercer & Margaret Whiting – Baby It’s Cold Outside
30:11 – Bing Crosby – It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas
32:55 – Dean Martin – Winter Wonderland
34:46 – Perry Como – Home for the Holidays
37:36 – Vince Guaraldi Trio – Skating
40:13 – Dean Martin – Marshmallow World
42:55 – The Chipmunks (Alvin and the Chipmunks) – The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don’t Be Late) [Original GOOD 1958 Version]
45:13 – Jimmy Durante – Frosty the Snowman
48:10 – Bing Crosby – Santa Claus is Coming to Town
50:50 – Jimmy Boyd – I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
53:18 – Frank Sinatra – Jingle Bells
55:16 – Nat King Cole – The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire) [1961 Stereo Version]
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