Before the Restoration

Presentation made at the Restoration of Film Heritage symposium, 11–12 April 2017, Slovenska Kinoteka / Slovenian Cinematheque, Ljubljana, Slovenia.


What is needed before the restoration can even begin, in order to make available the best possible file? A little about ethics, the main part about preparation of the «originals» and the digitisation of the sources, a little about file formats for further restoration work and preservation.


The presentation’s slides (PDF, 5.9 MB).


Having graduated in mathematics and computer science, Reto Kromer became involved in audio-visual conservation and restoration more than thirty years ago. He was head of preservation at the Swiss National Film Archive, and lecturer at the University of Lausanne and the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna.

He has been running his own preservation company, AV Preservation by, and lecturing at the Bern University of Applied Sciences. His current research includes colour spaces, look-up tables and codec programming and emulation.

He was a director of the board for the Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA) during two terms and is serving as a board member of the Albanian Cinema Project (ACP).