Thursday May 23 – Program details coming soon.

by Majed Chambah for Cinamatek in collaboration with Allessandro Rizzi.

Several digital film restoration techniques have emerged during the last decade and became more and more automated but restoration evaluation still remains a rarely tackled issue. In the sphere of cinema, the image quality is judged visually. In fact, experts and technicians judge and determine the quality of the film images during the calibration (post production) process. As a consequence, the quality of a movie is also estimated subjectively by experts in the field of digital film restoration.

On the other hand, objective quality metrics do not necessarily correlate well with perceived quality. Plus, some measures assume that there exists a reference in the form of an “original” to compare to, which prevents their usage in digital restoration field, where often there is no reference to compare to. That is why subjective evaluation is the most used and most efficient approach up to now. But subjective assessment is expensive, time consuming and does not respond, hence, to the economic requirements. After presenting the several defects than can affect cinematographic material, and the film digital restoration field, I present in this talk the issues of image quality evaluation in the field of digital film restoration and present some reference free objective measures developed by our team.

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