Sound Restoration and Preservation

As part of an inside look at the work of the BFI National Archive on it's 75th anniversary, this clip investigates the efforts undertaken to ensure that materials within the collections have the best possible quality of sound. Here Richard Yeoman-Clark, Audio Archivist, explores how sound can be digitally restored, with the elements originally imprinted photographically on film stock inspected before being digitised, and details how damaged parts of the original sound can be replaced with other elements in the soundtrack, maintaining authenticity. Stewart Emmings, Audio Archivist, also outlines how transferring archives to digital formats helps to preserve decomposing film soundtracks and prevent progressive degeneration of the material.


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