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Development of a Multispectral, Versatile Film Scanner

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Project "VeCoScan" data sheet

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Organization address
address: RAMISTRASSE 71
city: ZURICH
postcode: 8006
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 Coordinator Country Switzerland [CH]
 Total cost 148˙320 €
 EC max contribution 148˙320 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2018-PoC
 Funding Scheme ERC-POC
 Starting year 2018
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2018-09-01   to  2020-02-29


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITAT ZURICH CH (ZURICH) coordinator 148˙320.00


 Project objective

Film archives contain large and diverse collections of historical films. In order to exhibit and exploit these collections commercially, archives need to digitize their holdings. With more than 400 Mio. € per year globally and growth rates of 8 % annually, the digitization of analog film material is an exponentially growing market.

However, as a study by the research team has shown, there is no professional high-end film scanner on the market that is able to digitize the whole range of these films.

The PoC VeCoScan tackles this lack of technical solutions by developing and testing a multi-spectral and versatile core film scanner unit. This versatile design will allow the film scanner to adapt the spectral distribution and the directional arrangement of its illumination system, based on colorimetric measurements of film stocks executed by the research team. The higher image quality of the raw scans will achieve better results in terms of both the accuracy with the original colors and the potential to digitally reconstruct faded colors that concern an estimated 90% of chromogenic film stocks up to 1980.

The most important bottleneck in digitization workflows is the optical set-up of the scanners. The second bottleneck is a lack of knowledge of historical films on the part of most service providers. The PoC will address both of these current drawbacks: by improving the scanner, and by delivering a comprehensive package that includes information about the film stocks’ physical properties and models for color reconstruction, in line with high scientific standards. As a result, scanning and post-processing times will be greatly reduced and workflows will become much more cost-efficient. Furthermore, an accurate digital rendition of analog films is crucial for the long-term sustainability of digital representation.

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