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X-Files digitally restored for Netflix

June 3, 2015

illuminate has completed a digital restoration of the iconic TV series, The X-Files. Retransferred from the camera-original negative, the show’s entire 201 episodes have been reassembled in HD using illuminate’s proprietary iConform technology. All nine seasons of The X-Files have now been released on Netflix.

iConform, illuminate’s proprietary software, was used to automatically edit together scanned camera-original negatives using existing reference material, but without the need for an EDL. With the resulting scans, illuminate then applied color correction and other enhancements to generate a new file ready for distribution in today’s viewing standards. The process also involved recreating the visual effects in all 201 episodes.
“We created the iConform technology to give content owners a new and economical way to transform top SD content into beautiful HD and 4K ready-to-go masters,” said the company’s CEO, Jim Hardy. “illuminate has already used this restoration tool to re-master TV series for major studios and distribution companies such as CBS, Shout! Factory and 21st Century Fox. These restorations include HD versions of many popular TV series, including 24, Star Trek: The Next Generation and Pee-wee’s Playhouse.


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