illuminate has more than 20 years of experience in the restoration of old film negatives and tape-based television shows.
iConform™, our patented image translation software, automatically edits together 4K scanned camera-original negatives using existing reference material, but without the need for an EDL. With the resulting scans, we can then apply color correction, grain reduction and other enhancements to generate a new file ready for distribution in today’s viewing standards.
iConform™ is a restoration tool that gives content owners a new and economical way to transform top SD content into beautiful HD and 4K ready-to-go masters. Illuminate has already used this restoration tool to remaster TV series for major studios and distribution companies such as CBS, 21st Century Fox and Universal Studios. Such restorations include HD versions of many popular TV series, including “The X-Files,” “24,” “Star Trek: The Next Generation” and “Pee-wee’s Playhouse,” among others.
SmartRez IT™, another powerful restoration tool, uses sophisticated and proprietary algorithms to enable content owners of standard and high-definition material to convert it to 2K, 4K, UHD and HDR. This is a non-real-time process, utilizing numerous filters to sharpen the images, reduce noise and composite artifacts, address aliasing problems, eliminate 3:2 pulldown, and fix broken cadences through advanced, frame-by-frame motion tracking. In the past, SD-to-HD conversions used dedicated hardware approaches that were hampered because they required real-time processing. SmartRez IT™ restoration technology allows for the necessary process time and automates the refining stages.
illuminate has already applied the SmartRez IT™ restoration process to convert such notable series as “Love and War,” “Married with Children” and “Who’s the Boss,” so audiences can enjoy them in an all-new clarity.
These restoration processes allow our clients to repurpose their valuable library assets to current viewing standards for both traditional and emerging video-on-demand platforms. As a result, content owners reap the benefits of new revenue streams.