As film making technology evolves so do the demands and requirements for preservation and protection. “Our customers are asking for a YCM process done in a timely manner”, says Peter Bulcke, NT COO. “Using our expertise in black and white film processing we developed a workflow maximizing the benefits of the digital intermediate process with the long term storage properties of black and white film”.
The NT digital YCM process takes the DI data and digitally splits it out to separate YCM files. These matched and registered separations are then printed at the same resolution as the original data source onto three individual black and white film separations. The resulting B&W film is processed using archival quality standards and specifications. YCM separation masters won’t fade and offer high resolution when properly stored.
Shawn Jones, NT CTO further explains the process. “We’re using an advanced digital technology to generate the YCM color separations. Our method records the digital data directly to YCM color separation masters. We don’t use the Digital Intermediate negative as the source. Our resulting product is much closer to the original data”.
NT also offers a proof of performance demonstration by performing a recombined test. The three YCM’s are individually printed to a color check print. This check print should match the answer print as produced at the conclusion of the DI process. Digital YCM separations are superior to traditional contact printing which can produce film movement. Plus, YCM’s produced from data have no dust, dirt, or scratches.
In the near future NT will also be performing traditional YCM processing from original camera negative. All steps of exposing the film, producing a dupe negative and B&W processing will be performed in house. NT can also preserve sound elements.
For more information regarding YCM separations and pricing please contact:
1400 North Cahuenga Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90028