Film Restoration Software
FILM 9, what is it ?
FILM 9 is software for restoring old films. Of films and tapes. It is developed on the basics of using AVISYNTH and VIRTUALDUB.
These two associated tools often require laborious learning, especially to understand and develop the Avisynth scripts.
And so FILM9 was developed to allow to use the extraordinary powers of these two tools but in an affordable way for biggest number of people.
Its interface is designed to be as intuitive as possible.
Can we use it for free ?
Yes. FILM 9 is available free for personal or family use, but any commercial use is prohibited without the permission of the authors.
FILM9 is offered without any collateral. It is used at your own responsibility to treat your home videos. But the Authors remain at your disposal in case of problems.
Can it be installed easily ?
Yes. In the homepage of the Site, there is a button to download FILM9. This is a file called "SetupFilm9.exe". Just launch it and FILM9 will install automatically. Among other things, he will propose the installation of Net Framework 4.6 (essential for this version 2.00).
Right next to the "Download" button, there is a link to download the Documentation if you want to consult it beforehand. It will also be available with FILM9.
How to install the associated tools ?
During installation, FILM9 will detect if AVISYNTH is installed. If Avisynth is not installed or if the version is old, the installation of Avisynth will be proposed, as well as the update of the associated DLL files.
The Microsoft packs MSVC++ and Lagarith Codec are installed if not existing.
VirtualDub2 is integrated with FILM9. There is no need to install it.
During installation, FILM9 will also check if the K-Lite Codecs pack is installed and check for updates, as well as the CEDOCIDA Codec. The installation is proposed.
How does one go about updates ?
Once installed and when you start FILM9, it will check whether there is a new version and will offer to install. Of course, it must be connected to the Internet. If you are not connected, FILM9 will launch in its present version.
Where is the documentation ?
Since the version 2.1 of FILM9, the video tutorials have been removed and replaced by a PDF Documentation. This is to facilitate any modifications. This documentation (French and English) is available on the home page of this site, and also in the application. That being so, no changes for other Aids:
- Help icons available anywhere on the interface, in the right places.
- this FAQ page which can be completed with questions ….
Do I process Cassettes ?
Yes. The processing of tapes is possible. Specific filters are suited to this type of media. According to sources, do not hesitate to take some settings to avoid having too smooth image. It is even possible to add grain.
Do I treat sound films ?
Yes. In any shooting mode, the audio can be processed and synchronized with the video. It is even possible to adjust the Volume and Tone. As decrease Graves tones in case of disruption in the capture of Sound. You can also make a choice on sound channels. And, it is also possible to save the audio track as a separate WAV file Video.
Caution: Do not use Type 1 encoding for DV (Cassette) captures. Take the Type 2.
Which codecs are available for Final Process ?
Since the version 2.1, the Encoding of the Final Clip has been reviewed. New codecs have been added and others deleted. Containers have also been added.
Here is the report for the Video :
- Containers: MP4, AVI, MKV, MOV
- Codecs: H264, Apple Prores, FFV1 Lossless, Lagarith, Uncompressed
And the H264 is offered with different Bitrates (see the Documentation).
The Xvid has been removed and is replaced by the H264.
Audio Encoding has also been modified. Here are the choices :
- MP3, AC3 and PCM
Do I treat capture movies frame by frame ?
In this version 3.0 of FILM9, we can now process Captures done Image after Image. That is to say a sequence of images (photos).
This option allows you to use TIF, BMP, JPEG and PNG formats. Study the documentation for this type of capture.
For "WITH SYNCHRO" Video Captures, this means that there is an electronic synchronization between the projector and the sensor.
Catches with no connection between the projector and the sensor, and therefore the projection projector flow with a speed of 16.6 i/s, are called "WITHOUT SYNCHRO".
Do FILM 9 works with Windows 10?
FILM 9 works with all versions of Windows since Vista SP2. Windows XP is no longer supported.
What is the processing time for a clip of 1 minute ?
Processing time varies depending on the computer's capabilities, as well as treatment options. The shares strengthened certain settings require a little more calculation.
But here's an example for a clip (1280x720) of 1 minute with an i7 CPU / QuadCore and default settings : about 4 to 6 minutes for the total process.
Did I manage different projects in FILM9 ?
Yes quite. It is, moreover, the first step before tackling the restoration of films. We must create a Project by giving it a name and destination. In this project are grouped all the components of your capture. And you can, of course, create multiple projects. Each project open the clips will be affected by this project.
Did I chain the Final Process for many Clips ?
Yes, it is possible to an open project. Once your clips have received your settings, suffice to say they are "To Process" in the grid clips. And when you click on the button "Start Process", all the clips will be treated following one another.
It is necessary, however, that the processing of each clip undergoes various calculations. You just wait for the treatment .....
Do I view the Clips or completed ?
In the Main Menu, there is an indication "Treated Clips". Just open this sub-menu to find the finished clips. Then you can open them with the player of your choice.
Do I save the settings ?
Yes. A function "Preset" to save your settings under the name of your choice. And you can add a description of these settings. But, there are, also, 4 presets already established in the grid Clips : "Basic", "Soft", "Medium" and "Hard" that you can use or you can edit and save with the name of your choice.
I saw the Round Corners image in demonstration clips. Can you explain to me.
FILM9 offers "Rounded Corners" option in the Final Frame. This possibility of rounded corners helps give or restore an original aspect to the film. This also helps to reform the corners of some captures. This option offers three different radius for these corners.
Can we change the Framing to get a Fuzzy Background ?
Yes, in this version 2.1, this option has been added in the Final Frame window. You will have the choice between "Round Corners" or "Blurred Background".
What to do against some artifacts created by the interpolation ?
The interpolation allows a perfect fluidity of the images except for the sequences to fast movements (people, pans, etc ..) where artifacts may appear.
To help get around this, there was added a function "Duplicate" in the "Interpolation" module. This function "Duplicate" will simply copy the previous frame instead of interpolating. Which avoids artifacts. By cons, duplication may slightly increase saccades.
To reduce these jerks, it was added a function "Mixing" with or without "Duplicate". This function "Mixing" will help reduce the judder effect.
Tip : For a good movie, do a first treatment WITH INTERPOLATION (+ Audio if necessary). Then do a second treatment WITH DUPLICATE (in option : Mixing).
Then, in the NLE, superimpose the two tracks and favor Duplicate track for fast moving sequences.
This will take time, but the result is the appointment !!
I use a capture camera that has image dimensions Not Standard. Can I nevertheless use FILM9 ?
Yes. With Version 2.03, it was added that option. You can resize your capture in standard formats. Just specify in the Project window.