The archivists at The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art have acquired new technology that allows them to not only convert The Ringling's analog films to digital, but to preserve and correct them. High-resolution still photos can also be captured from the films.
Filmic FI-16 is an integrated film inspection system using cutting-edge technology to analyze the physical condition of films while creating high-resolution digital photographs of every image—as well as videos. Automatic condition reports tell the archivists important details, including where damage may be located, film length and type, and other information critical to maintaining the health of the collection. The Ringling archives received a private donation to fund this project; archives staff expect to share historic films and still images with the public in the near future. For more information, click here.