Hiding or removing the defects acquired by old (archive) material and content. Digital technology has enabled many new and easy-to-use procedures to provide fast and affordable restoration. These range from fully automated systems – that depend on recognizing generic faults and treating them – to hands-on operations that offer access to appropriate toolsets – often presented as ‘brushes’.

These have been applied to both television and to film, and succeeded in making available many old archives for the ever-hungry TV channels.