JCA is increasing the breadth of its Ray King-fronted grading and restoration department with the addition of a Pandora Revolution.

The content management services facility has bought the nonlinear grading system and four restoration workstations in order to bring old tape and file-based titles up to HD and 2K quality.

The service will target feature film libraries and film archives for restoration work but will also provide for small digital intermediate and Red One-shot projects. It was designed by King who, among other things, spent time as the
supervising colourist for the Ascent Media group.

Managing director Nick Pannaman said the emphasis was on restoring and repurposing content in a fast and cost-effective manner. “We have listened and responded to client demand and our investment will continue to support future cost-effective solutions,” he said.

JCA custom built part of the new set-up, applying its own workflow tools and content management systems so that media can be shared and adapted for different platforms by multiple workstations.

“We will manipulate the images in one room while the restoration artists are simultaneously cleaning and stabilising images to be married to the grade,” said King.

TVP Group-owned JCA is currently finalising the configuration with Pandora to allow 2K operation.