Digital Sprockets transfers & restores classic Mexican films

In an audio interview I made with Benjamín Fernández of Digital Sprockets, he describes his process of transferring and restoring classic Mexican films.

Back in 2015, I published an article about why Digital Sprockets of México City prefers to edit video with DaVinci Resolve instead of Final Cut Pro X (link ahead). Now, I just published an audio interview in my CapicúaFM show with Benjamín Fernández of the same company, where he describes his process of transferring, restoring and grading ancient and fragile films with DaVinci Revival Pro and DaVinci Resolve. Fernández sometimes finds a film that was previously miscatalogued as grayscale (aka “black and white”) but is actually color, shot with ECN (Eastman Color Negative) or —to his surprise— sometimes even with Ektachrome reversal, both films from Kodak. In other cases, he finds a film that’s properly catalogued as monochromatic that also turns out to be 3D. Ahead you’ll find that audio episode, where we also discuss Mexican colloquialisms and differences between Mexican Coca-Cola and the US version. Fernández also demystifies the myth about all Mexican food being spicy.

Link to 2015 article

Here is a link to the 2015 article Why Digital Sprockets edits video with DaVinci Resolve instead of FCP X.

Brand new CapicúaFM episode, including interview with Benjamín Fernández of Digital Sprockets

Keep in mind that the above recording is in Castilian, the world’s most widely used Spanish language, but not the only one.

Audio production for this episode

In the field in México City, I used the Shure 545 palindromic dynamic cardioid microphone (reviewed here, Amazon linkB&H link) together with the enormous A81WS windscreen (reviewed here, Amazon linkB&H link) to record Benjamín Fernández’s voice.

For my own voice on location in México City, I wore the ModMic5 head-mounted microphone (reviewed here, Amazon link).

Each of those two microphones were recorded on independent audio tracks on the Zoom H5 recorder (Amazon linkB&H link)

where I monitored live, latency free using the Sony MDR-ZX110 lightweight isolating headphones (covered here, Amazon link — B&H link).

After that, I followed my procedure for crossgating/filtering/gating as covered in My multitrack crossgating audio workflow to eliminate crosstalk before editing with Hindenburg Journalist Pro, covered in several prior articles.

All in-studio recording I made with my own voice (tease, bridges and closing) I recorded with the Audio Technica AT875R shotgun mic (reviewed here, Amazon linkB&H link) and AT8415 shockmount (reviewed here, Amazon linkB&H link).

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Allan Tépper

Born in Connecticut, United States, Allan Tépper is a bilingual consultant, multi-title author, tech journalist, translator, and language activist who has been working with professional video since the eighties. Since 1994, Tépper has been consulting both end-users and manufacturers through his Florida company. Via TecnoTur, Tépper has been giving video tech seminars in several South Florida’s universities and training centers, and in a half dozen Latin American countries, in their native language. Tépper has been a frequent radio/TV guest on several South Florida, Guatemalan, and Venezuelan radio and TV stations. As a certified ATA (American Translators Association) translator, Tépper has translated and localized dozens of advertisements, catalogs, software, and technical manuals for the Spanish and Latin American markets. He has also written many contracted white papers for tech manufacturers. Over the past 18 years, Tépper’s articles have been published or quoted in more than a dozen magazines, newspapers, and electronic media in Latin America. Since 2008, Allan Tépper’s articles have been published frequently –in English– in ProVideo Coalition magazine, and since 2014, he is is the director of CapicúaFM.com. His website is AllanTépper.com.

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