MERCURY FILMS have CHERRY TOWERS in their installations, a 24-hour lab dedicated to digitalization and restoration of its film library, with unique equipment in Europe and at the highest technological level.
The process begins with the washing of the film which is then passed through the scanner, a process during which lights and colorimetry of the emulsion are adjusted. In this process, the image is scanned into a 4K resolution file and audio in a WAV file. Once the image is scanned, colour is then digitally corrected, scene by scene, to convert the film into a digital file for storage (DPX, AVI, TIFF, etc.).
The image restoration is performed by two devices called Phoenix by Digital Vision and Revival by DaVinci. The image is digitalized and the signal is processed to automatically eliminate dust particles, scratches, grain, stabilizations and even flikeo focus problems.
Unresolved defects by the automatic process are solved though a manual process. The equipment also has a photogram reconstruction system in case they have been lost, through morphing, from the dynamic analysis of the previous and subsequent frames. The Revival systems uses for this, 16 parallel processors and the Phoenix system with 26 CPU cores.
For restoration of sound, the Sonic Solutions systems is used, which directly eliminates noise and other sounds without hardly affecting the rest of frequencies.
Engine room where format changes (HDCAM SR, HD, BTC Digital...) are performed.
Cherry Towers also have a Clipster system, in which films are scanned to create digital files (Quick Time, AVI, MPG ...).