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Posted 12 April 2007 - 11:46 AM

Kodak is demonstrating an array of state-of-the-art
film technologies at the 2007 NAB conference which runs April 16-19. The
company will showcase the organic quality of film displayed in high-definition
format, along with advanced postproduction tools, including grain reduction
and dust-busting software.

?We are here to demonstrate why the large majority of dramatic content and
national commercials airing on television are produced on film,? says Kim
Snyder, general manager of Worldwide Origination Products, and vice president
of Kodak?s Entertainment Imaging division. ?We are also here to listen and
show our commitment to the creative community which produces content for
television.?

Kodak is featuring Super 16 and 35 mm film images presented on high-definition
monitors. There are currently seven KODAK VISION2 negative films that offer
specialized imaging characteristics designed to give filmmakers maximum
freedom for telling stories visually.

One of the Kodak presentations includes scenes produced on Super 16 mm for THE
WAR, a new 14-hour documentary directed and produced by Ken Burns and Lynn
Novick. The non-fiction film explores the history of the Second World War from
the perspectives of American veterans. PBS will broadcast the seven-part epic
series nationally in September in both standard and high-definition formats.

?The artful cinematography by Buddy Squires displays the emotional impact that
the nuances of film can convey,? Snyder says, ?and the 60-year-old news
footage illustrates the importance of recording valuable images on a proven
archival medium.?

Kodak will also demonstrate the company?s proprietary DIGITAL ICE Technology
Version 2.0. The software is designed to automatically detect and eliminate
dust, scratches and other anomalies when film images are converted to digital
files for postproduction. The upgraded software integrates with other
postproduction applications and offers flexible output options. ARRI has
integrated KODAK DIGITAL ICE Technology into the company?s new 4K ARRISCAN
digital film scanner.

Teranex will join Kodak in showcasing the company?s video processing
technology for the broadcast and postproduction industries. Teranex has
licensed proprietary Kodak film restoration and enhancement algorithms. KODAK
Motion Compensated Grain Management allows for real-time manipulation of grain
levels in scanned film, and KODAK Adaptive Sharpening preserves the detail of
the image throughout processing.
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