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George Eastman House Adds da Vinci revival to New Digital Restoration Lab

da Vinci Systems

announced that Rochester, N.Y.-based George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film has added da Vinci’s revival film restoration system to its new digital restoration laboratory. Housed within George Eastman House’s The L. Jeffrey Selznick School of Film

Preservation, the digital restoration lab now will include the revival system powered by the Silicon Graphics Octane2 visual workstation. The integrated solution will give school staff an additional outlet for providing hands-on training in film preservation and restoration techniques.

Guidance in the use of the revival and Octane2 products will become a part of the Selznick School’s standard curriculum and will enable students to further their expertise in the preservation discipline. Students have the opportunity for hands-on restoration work on select films from Eastman House’s motion picture collections. These collections include more than 25,000 titles from 1895 to present; 10,000 movie posters; more than three million film stills, posters, lobby cards, scripts, and scores; personal film collections from several major film icons; and one of the world’s most important collections of silent films. Significant film restoration projects handled by Eastman House in recent years include Snow White (1916), John Barrymore’s Sherlock Holmes (1922), Cecil B. DeMille’s Ten Commandments (1923), and The Lost World (1925).

da Vinci’s revival runs on the Octane2 visual workstation with local video I/O and storage and includes da Vinci’s PowerHouse hardware acceleration system. The revival restoration system contains both automatic processing and interactive tools for removing dust, scratches, and other blemishes and for correcting other problems such as significant color fading. Also included in da Vinci’s restoration system is direct, real-time access to the attached storage arrays and simultaneous access to any image clip.

Silicon Graphics’ Octane2 visual workstation combines the ground-breaking VPro 3D graphics system with 48-bit RGBA, a balanced system architecture, and high-performance MIPS processors. Octane2 delivers a suite of industry-leading options, including the award-winning DMediaPro DM2 video option for a powerful, high-definition desktop solution.