This is a clip of footage taken from a U-Matic video tape transfer project recently undertaken by Alive Studios. Our client is a documentary maker working on an upcoming release about the incredible sport of Calcio Storico in Florance, Italy.
He had a collection of U-Matic tapes recorded in 1989, which were suffering very badly from a white mould, which was visible through the tape window, and were also affected by something called ‘sticky shed syndrome’ which is a condition created by the deterioration of the binders in the magnetic tape, which hold the iron oxide magnetizable coating to its plastic carrier, or which hold the thinner back-coating on the outside of the tape. This deterioration renders the tape unusable. Here at Alive Studios we have experience in handling such tapes and have facilities to bake them at low temperatures for long periods – often days – to temporarily stabilise the tape sufficiently to allow playback and capture of the footage. This one-time shot at transfer must be done carefully, and is always done via our Teranex unit to create a true high definition (HD) transfer, which can then be digitally remastered and enhanced by our skilled video editors.
What is Calcio Storico?
The Calcio Storico Fiorentino is a combination of soccer, rugby and big time wrestling originated in 16th century Florence and played today in historical costume. The four teams of the historical neighborhoods of the city play against each other, first in two semi-finals and then the final match to determine the winner.