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#1 Jonathan Bryant

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Posted 04 August 2005 - 12:09 PM

What are the key condititions to make film last? What temperture works best? If I put in my fridge at home with drinks and food how do I keep moisture out of the film?
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Posted 04 August 2005 - 01:24 PM

What are the key condititions to make film last? What temperture works best? If I put in my fridge at home with drinks and food how do I keep moisture out of the film?

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Lots on the Kodak website:

http://www.kodak.com...rage_cond.jhtml

http://www.kodak.com...b/tib5202.shtml

When you refrigerate film, it should be in a sealed container (taped cans). The unopened manufacturer's packaging is fine. Don't freeze film that may have gotten too damp during very high humidity conditions (trapped moisture can cause ice crystals).

Although low storage temperatures greatly slow the deterioration of the film, ambient radiation can adversely affect even film in cold storage over a period of years, especially for high speed films.
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Posted 04 August 2005 - 04:34 PM

Also, is it advisable to refrigerate raw stock, processed stock, and prints?


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Posted 04 August 2005 - 08:57 PM

Also, is it advisable to refrigerate raw stock, processed stock, and prints?
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The Kodak website has a wealth of information about proper storage and handling of processed film:

http://www.kodak.com....11.12.10&lc=en

http://www.kodak.com....11.12.14&lc=en

SMPTE Recommended Practice RP131 specifies conditions for long term storage of motion picture film.

In general, keep processed film cool, dry and vented. If sealed cans must be used, use Molecular Sieves to maintain a dry "microclimate" in the can, and adsorb any acid vapors:

http://www.kodak.com...4.11.12.6&lc=en
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Posted 06 August 2005 - 05:30 PM

John,

Did you ever read my post about inexpensive 16mm film scanners for computers? Wouldn't that increase the amount of film you guys sell because people could transfer their film alot cheaper than going to a telecine facility?
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Posted 07 August 2005 - 03:24 PM

John,

      Did you ever read my post about inexpensive 16mm film scanners for computers? Wouldn't that increase the amount of film you guys sell because people could transfer their film alot cheaper than going to a telecine facility?

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As with most things, usually you get what you pay for:

http://www.kodak.com...=0.1.4.15&lc=en

There is a reason high end telecines and datacines cost so much, and being a colorist is a highly regarded professional career.
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