Video producer Steven Martin has announced the development
of a new, cost-effective “wet frame” film restoring process that dramatically reduces the visual effects of scratches
and other damage to motion picture film. According to Martin, the new process, dubbed WetFrame™,
leaves film cleaner than when it first leaves the developing lab. In addition, it visually eliminates “film crystallization”
—that dirty snowflake-like appearance. “WetFrame™ should be of particular interest to
filmmakers, historical organizations, libraries and video transfer labs,” notes Martin, “anyone that is planning
to transfer irreplaceable motion picture films to digital media, such as DVDs”.
Steve Yankee, founder
of the Video Business Advisor and a long-time supplier of film transfers comments “I looked at the before-and-after
film clips supplied by Steven Martin, and I’m amazed at the difference. The improvements in film ‘readability’
are obvious, impressive and exciting.”
is a proprietary, seven-component chemical application. It can be a time consuming process, sometimes requiring
multiple applications, depending upon condition of the film being treated. It was developed primarily to remove the effects
of film crystallization—gray snowflake-like deterioration to the clear film base. Crystallization
apparently forms due to an improper developing process. “It is unstoppable,” says Martin, “but
our new process renders it invisible. It also removes the visual effects of many scratches and cleans off
most dust and other types of debris from the film surface.” WetFrame™ gives results much like
wet-gate processing; an expensive film treatment typically used by major motion picture companies when transferring their
films to DVD. Now, consumers can obtain similar results for far less cost.
Some additional benefits:
- WetFrame™ removes a fair amount of debris that is imbedded into the emulsion–up until now, a fairly
- Some forms of fungus are cleaned off significantly restoring the original brightness of the
- Chemical residue from lab processing gets removed.
- Streaks from previous cleanings are rendered
- The process is safe for magnetic and optical sound films.
- There is a very slight increase in contrast and color saturation which actually improves the overall color tone of the film.
- The treatment lasts longer (months) than Wet-Gate which lasts only a fraction of a second.
The following link is a 30 second clip
of before and after the process - It is highly compressed for the internet so it doesn't contain quite the detail,
but interesting anyway. It is viewable as a Flash Video. About 1/2 minute. Allow sufficient time for it to
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Bad crystallization no longer shows,
no lines and most of the debris is gone! Notice the significantly improved color tone, especially at the end.