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. FILM9 is offered free of charge for personal or family use, but any professional use is prohibited without the authorization of the authors.
But a gesture of Donation (see the home page) is still very much appreciated by developers who spend a lot of time on updates and advice given on forums.
Can it be installed easily ?
Yes. On the home page of the Site, there is a button to download FILM9. It is a file called "SetupFilm9.exe". Just launch it and FILM9 will install automatically. The application will check and possibly install third-party tools relating to Windows (such as DLLs associated with Microsoft Runtime
Then, after opening FILM9, you can choose options in the "Preferences" menu (see the documentation).
Right next to the "Download" button, there is a link to download the Documentation if you wish to consult it beforehand. It will also be available with FILM9.
How to install the associated tools ?
As previously mentioned, some options related to Microsoft are installed automatically. And for the others, a choice is proposed in this "Preferences" menu after opening FILM9. With among others : the detection of Avisynth, the Lagarith and Cedocida codecs, the K-Lite pack.
VirtualDub2 is integrated into FILM9. There is no need to install it.
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 ?
Documentation (French or English) is available on the home page of this site, and also in the application. But there are also other Helpers:
- Help icons available everywhere on the Interface, in the appropriate places.
- this FAQ page which can be completed over the 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 ?
Since version 3.0 of FILM9, we can now process Captures made Image after Image. Ie a series of images (photos).
This possibility allows you to use TIFF, BMP, JPEG and PNG formats. Study the Documentation for this type of Capture.
For "WITH SYNCHRO" Video Capture, this means that there is an electronic synchronization between the projector and the sensor.
The captures made without link between the projector and the sensor, and therefore in the projection stream with a projector speed of 16.6 fps, are said to be "WITHOUT SYNCHRO".
Do FILM 9 works with Windows 10?
FILM9 works with all versions of Windows from Windows 7-SP1 and Windows 8.1. Older versions are no longer supported, such as XP, Vista and Windows 8.
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 ?
You can resize your capture in standard formats. Just specify it in the Project window. But you can also keep the original dimensions. In this case, the dimensions will be slightly modified by a few pixels to be accepted by the calculation.