Real Image Restores Bonus Material for YRF Blockbusters using Digital Vision Tools

Yash Raj Films (YRF), one of India’s largest production and distribution houses with numerous blockbuster hits to their credit, wanted to restore and convert the bonus material related to the making of their hits from last few decades. These movies included hits like Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, Chak De India, Veer-Zaara and Mohabbatein, among others.

YRF had a large volume of behind-the-scenes footage of their films, which presented a wonderful opportunity to showcase it to their fans. However, this could not be done as the content was in standard definition, and it had to be restored and upgraded to HD ready.

YRF connected with Real Image to consult on the project, as the team had supported them in the past with variety of products and services. Mr. Dilip Patil, (Senior General Manager - Digital) of Yash Raj Films, said that the choice of project partner was very organic for them as, “Real Image has been a trusted partner of Yash Raj Films for various technology and service needs for a long time. When we decided to upscale BTS footage of films and songs of our blockbuster movies, we did not have to think beyond Real Image. We are satisfied with the final result, as the content has been restored and upscaled to industry standards, thus meeting all our expectations.”

The Challenges

The restoration project posed multiple challenges, the first being that the content existed only in standard definition. Additionally, it had been transferred from the tape format, which meant that the team had a second-generation, compressed output to work with.

The content had been shot on a variety of cameras to capture the on-set activity for the making of the film montage. The footage from different cameras having varying aspect ratios had been mixed and edited together. The equipment used ranged from camcorders to non-professional cameras and that meant that the footage had to be segregated as per quality and format, to be processed separately. This posed a challenge while framing and collating the content and the team had to utilize their creativity to accomplish it. Finally, numerous artefacts that were present on the footage like physical damage in the form of scratches and haze had to be painstakingly identified and removed.

“As primary reseller for Digital vision in the subcontinent, Real Image has the right tools and a large team capable of carrying out restoration and upscale of legacy content. We are happy to successfully deliver the project and help Yash Raj Films to archive their legacy content”, says Mr. Kanishka Tongya, Business Head - Media Solutions, Real Image Media Technologies Pvt Ltd.

The Solution

The equipment used for the project was from the Digital Vision stable of products who are industry leaders in restoration. Digital Vision is one of the foremost developers and suppliers of color grading, restoration and film scanning solutions for the broadcast, film, commercial and archive industries. The industry favourite DVO tools are known for presenting the best image manipulation tools for restoration, enhancement, and format conversions.

The first step of the project was to subject the content to numerous quality check cycles and categorize the clips as per quality and aspect ratio. The footage was then taken into Digital Vision’s PHOENIX FINISH software for processing. Each segment of the content was individually processed by multiple passes through the DVO tools to achieve a non-destructive workflow of the content.

To match the color variations in the footage, primary and secondary color correction was also carried out during the additional passes. Then to seamlessly match the noise and grain levels for the content, the award-winning DVO Clarity tool was used. Once the content was restored using its original aspect ratio, DVO Scala was used to upgrade the content to HD.

About Real Image

Real Image, the Media Solutions division of Qube Cinema, was set-up in 1992 and has introduced several revolutionary technologies to the country that made it possible to discover a whole new range of exciting possibilities in picture and sound. With decades of experience and a strong foothold in the entertainment industry, be it feature films or broadcast, production houses or documentary makers, the division has been the leading service and solutions partner in the broadcast arena. For further information, please visit

About Digital Vision World

Digital Vision World is a designer and manufacturer of hardware and software products for the Film, Television and Archive industries. For 30 years, their focus on research into the analysis of motion images has led to pioneering developments for the archive, preservation, and restoration sectors. The culmination of this research manifests itself today in the industry-leading technologies of the Golden Eye archive film scanner, Phoenix restoration, Nucoda grading and Loki workflow automation. Today, they continue to push the boundaries for the archive world with a High Dynamic Range end-to-end solution, from scanning through to restored and graded digital master, to ensure that their customers get the maximum quality from their films and can showcase archival footage in all its glory.