Preservation

Film Output from Motion Picture Film Reversal, Negatives and Prints

Desired Product Outcomes Product Scope Product Category Original Characteristics Product Name
Original Format Color/Sound

Customer needs:

  • reproduce motion picture film elements (B&W and color) and related soundtracks for long term preservation generally when items are at risk for loss of information.

Determining risk in motion picture film

Product solution: The final product should be at NARA-accepted quality levels information capture standards that satisfy long term preservation needs and retain the characteristics and integrity of the original film.

  • This product is placed in a cold storage (on or off site) environment and retained for the long term
  • This product is created from the most original film copy.
  • This product could confidently take the place of the original record if the original record is no longer viable.
  • This product is not accessed directly unless the reproduction master is damaged or destroyed or otherwise compromised.
  • This product is used to create reproduction master elements. It is never accessed directly by researchers and only sent to vendors under certain circumstances.
Preservation Master:

If this product category is needed, the specification is determined by the characteristics of the physical motion picture film reel including original format, color and sound.

Original Print
B&W
Color
Negative
B&W
Color
Sound track
Duplicate negative track/Original track
Master positive track/Magnetic track

Customer needs:

  • reproduce 35mm and 16mm motion picture film elements (B&W and color) and related soundtracks at acceptable quality levels to improve access and minimize risk to the preservation element. The item is not at risk due to deterioration or obsolescence.

Determining risk in motion picture film

Product solution: The final product should be at acceptable quality levels to satisfy limited risk and access needs when maximum quality levels are not needed.

  • This product is usually kept on-site in climate controlled storage environment and retained as long as necessary to generate distribution copies.
  • This product is the next best physical condition copy to the preservation master; therefore this product may substitute for the original record if the original record is no longer viable.
  • This product can make distribution copies to satisfy most customer requests as well as to protect preservation elements from loss, theft and mishandling.
Reproduction Master:

If this product category is needed, the specification is determined by the characteristics of the physical motion picture film reel including original format, color and sound

Print
B&W
Color
Negative
B&W
Color
Sound track
Duplicate negative track
Master positive track/Magnetic track

Customer need:

  • produce 35mm or 16mm motion picture film prints (B&W and color) for projection.

Product solution: The final product should be at an appropriate quality level for projection.

  • This product is always derivative or duplicate from a higher quality preservation or reproduction master copy.
  • This product satisfies requests for film projection.
B&W
Color

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