University of Udine

DIpartimento di Studi UManistici
e del patrimonio culturale

MENU

La Camera ottica

La Camera ottica

Laboratories

La Camera ottica


Scientific Director: Prof. Cosetta Saba
Technical Manager: Dr. Gianandrea Sasso
Film Sector Coordinator: Dr. Diego Cavallotti
Video Sector Coordinator: Dr. Lisa Parolo
Venue: Palazzo del Cinema – Piazza Vittoria, 41 – 34170 Gorizia
Telephone (Lab): +39 0481 580 300
Telephone (Office): +39 0481 580 301
Email: cameraottica@uniud.it
Opening hours:
by appointment
Regulation (in italian) - Protocol of transparency (in italian)

Laboratories

La Camera ottica


Scientific Director: Prof. Cosetta Saba
Technical Manager: Dr. Gianandrea Sasso
Film Sector Coordinator: Dr. Diego Cavallotti
Video Sector Coordinator: Dr. Lisa Parolo
Venue: Palazzo del Cinema – Piazza Vittoria, 41 – 34170 Gorizia
Telephone (Lab): +39 0481 580 300
Telephone (Office): +39 0481 580 301
Email: cameraottica@uniud.it
Opening hours:
by appointment
Regulation (in italian) - Protocol of transparency (in italian)

La Camera ottica

La Camera Ottica was founded in 2002 for educational purposes and scientific research, and is specialised in the preservation, restoration and promotion of the audiovisual heritage

Place of training activities within the University of Udine, it offers a cutting-edge technological asset and the expertise of its staff to all students enrolled in the First Cycle Degree Course in DAMS, in the Second Cycle Degree Course in Audiovisual Heritage and Media Education Sciences, and in the Research Doctorate Course in Art History, Film Studies, Media Studies, and Music.

The laboratory is also involved in an intense activity of divulgation and collaboration with various archives, museums, national and european institutions.

Inside La Camera Ottica, activities involve the development of protocols for preservations and access for collections and holdings of small, medium and large scale; editorial products are also realised, and multimedial solutions for reuse, presentation and exhibition of audiovisual media are found. The lab is a center of excellence in Europe and a national leader in the sector of digitisation of small-format films (9,5mm [Pathé Baby], 16mm, 8mm, Super8) and obsolete footage (1/2'' open reel, 1/4'' open reel, VCR, U-Matic, VHS, Video8 etc.).

Between 2004 and 2016, in the context of various research and experimentation projects undertaken with public and private institutions, both in Italy and abroad, the Lab has preserved and restored hundreds of audiovisual works and documentations made by remarkable artists, such as, amongst others, Yervant Gianikian, Angela Ricci Lucchi, Alberto Grifi, Massimo Bacigalupo, Pierre Clémenti, Aldo Tambellini, Videobase, Karpo Godina, Michele Sambin, Giuseppe Chiari, Claudio Ambrosini, Fabrizio Plessi, Federica Marangoni, Guido Sartorelli, Luigi Viola, Luciano Celli, Mario Sillani, Pier Paolo Fassetta e Alina Marazzi.

La Camera Ottica collaborates also on the organization and programming of festivals like FilmForumPremio AmideiCinefest: together with their respective Management Committees, it participates in the preparation of scientific publications and digital editions.

Film Section

The staff of the laboratories has developed particular expertise on substandard formats (9,5mm, 16mm, 8mm, Super8), which had played an important role in the development of projects for preservation and promotion of amateur, experimental films and documentaries. The Film Section is also available for clients who need projects for active preservation, digitisation and film editing in substandard format. Among the commissioners of the last years, La Camera Ottica could mention the Centre National de l'Audiovisuel (Luxemburg) and ANIM – Cinemateca Portuguesa (Portugal). The lab is also part of the network Inedits – Amateur Films / Memory of Europe.

Video Section

The Video Section of La Camera Ottica deals with the preservation of analog and digital video (both artistic and documentary) and with their access. Depending on the research needs and the conditions agreed with the clients, the Lab offers services such as inventory and technical restoration of videos, analytical study on the state of conservation of audiovisual material, guidance for the best digital migration of analog contents and for a proper long term storage of the formats. It provides also its scientific expertise for the definition of the state of conservation of analog videos or digital files resulted from the acquisition, for the reconstruction of the production and exhibition history of the works (and/or of the audiovisual documents), and for their cataloguing according to the current standards used for art and cinema.

The Video Section collaborates from 2004 with bodies and public and private institutions on the definition of research activities, both in the field of digital preservation and of history of audiovisual art and of cinema. The video preservation protocol has been developed on a trial basis starting from the conservation activities of the group art/tapes/22, held in the Archivio Storico delle Arti Contemporanee (ASACFondazione La Biennale di Venezia, and it is constantly updated according to the technological progress and the newer research projects launched, as it has recently happened (2015) in the course of an intervention on the collection of the Centro Video Arte of the Gallerie d’arte moderna e contemporanea di Ferrara, as well as through the comparative analysis of other international preservation projetcs, so that it is consistent with the most up-to-date sectorial studies.

Available Equipment

  • HP StorageWork LTO 5
  • Workstation for digital restoration Dell Precision Tower 7910 with software Phoenix Refine
Film Section
  • Scanner MWA Choice
  • Scanner Cintel – BlackMagic
Sezione VIDEO
  • Videorecorder compatible with tapes ½’’ open-reel (Sony/National; Pre-EIAJ/EIAJ; PAL)
  • Videorecorder compatible tapes VCR (Philips; EIAJ; PAL)
  • Videorecorder compatible with tapes U-Matic (Sony; Low Band/S/SP; PAL/NTSC/SECAM)
  • Videorecorder compatible with tapes VHS (PAL/NTSC)
  • Videorecorder compatible with tapes Video8 (PAL/NTSC)
  • Videorecorder compatible with tapes MiniDV