Why film reels have such a great charm

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Many broadcasters have film archives. What the stripes are is very different. The classics are still on film rolls and are stored in the rooms. Some of the movies are saved on other storage media to keep them safe for years and possibly decades. However, the film roles remain a specialty that should not be forgotten.

Experience change

The news is a special sign that shows the changing times and society. This change can and should not only be experienced by employees, but also accessible to the rest of the population. Journalists can use these materials and integrate them into their reporting. Other programs also have old materials, even if they are not on film rolls. New and old sports are always an asset to bettors, as shown on various pages such as USA. This is how people can tell the differences. Depending on the topic, there is a possibility that these differences can be used for themselves. In sport, too, it is always interesting to pay attention to hairstyles, jerseys and equipment. That changes just like the people themselves. It is interesting for everyone to experience the change, because the memory often becomes weaker. Young people get the chance to get an insight into the decades before their birth. Pictures are more engaging than pure stories because there are no ideas or blurry images in memory.

Numerous works on film rolls

The films stored on classic film rolls are very different and known to most people. For many years this was the only way to record, edit and save movies. An extensive collection is deposited with Bayerischer Rundfunk. Well-known works are the crime scene crime novels. Pumuckl and Monace Franze by Helmut Dietls are also among the innumerable roles. According to the archiving, approx. 50,000 rolls and thus a corresponding number of works can be assumed. The oldest roles date from the beginnings of television history and are therefore from November 6, 1954. On this day, the Bavarian Broadcasting Corporation began its work and brought films, news and more with sound and images to the devices in the apartments. The last roles from the 1990s can be found in the data on the film cans and documents. Only then was the storage media changed. A look at the documents shows that these are not just films. In the end, the roles contain everything that has been broadcast over the decades. This also includes news, interviews, weather and much more. Everything is dated and titled for accurate archiving.

Clean at first glance

When walking through the basement of the BR, nothing unusual can be seen at first glance. Long shelves contain over 50,000 rolls of film, which are stored in the respective film cans. These cans are labeled so that you can see at a glance whether the reel is the right one. However, the question arises as to what it looks like in the rolls that have been stored in the basement for decades. This question can only be answered by opening the cans and looking at the rollers. The development of the material can lead to residues of acetic acid which will attack the material for years and decades. This problem manifests itself in the shrinkage of the film rolls. Other problems can be seen with the tapes used to cut and join the respective areas. From the point of view of the film, these are represented by a money stitch. Very rarely are there mold spores on the rollers that need to be removed.

Restore tapes

To make the rollers durable for many years to come, it is important that they are cleaned and repaired. This process includes everything that is required to restore and maintain the tapes for many years to come. The first step is to clean the rollers. A soft cloth and a special liquid are used. With a trained eye, adhesive tapes can be recognized quickly. These are carefully removed and the adhesive residue is completely removed. The tapes are then clamped in a special machine and connected with a new adhesive strip. This is a special type of tape that will not discolor, so it is ideal for this application. Restoration is rarely not possible. In this case it is essential to dispose of the roll. Due to the large number of tapes, it can be assumed that the restoration alone can take several years. During this time, until the specialists get to the final litters, they are likely to have more damage. Thus, a quick and yet very conscientious treatment is necessary.

Long-term preservation

A distinction is made between the works, whether it is about the conservation of the film rolls or the material. In order to be able to preserve the material, i.e. the films and the like, in the long term, digitization is used. This is only possible after a successful restoration. For this purpose, the tapes are forwarded to specialist companies in Munich and Hamburg. These companies deal with the digitization of film reels. In order not to have to accept a yellow tinge or other impurities that have to be permanently preserved, the restoration must be carried out beforehand. In the course of digitization, the further course and use of the restoration are being considered. Every single film, every news and every further excerpt is provided with several suitable keywords. These support the search in the system. Name, date, or the approximate subject can be helpful.

Entertainment is guaranteed

There is certainly no boredom with restoration and digitization. This gives employees an insight into the history of television. Long forgotten works appear in this work. One of them is “The Ideal Woman”. The 1957 casting show was looking for a woman who could crochet, cook, bake, dance and recognize flowers. Despite their extensive skills, attention was paid to a chic appearance. All women who didn’t win the show didn’t go away empty-handed. They were given a laundry basket with sheets, tablecloths and other textiles. This is not the only thing that is being restored. The news from that time can be just as interesting.