Originally Posted by Joe Bloggs
Isn't some or even most 'restoration' done digitally these days? eg. dirt and scratch removal. At one time weren't things like removing dirt from film done by cleaning it before scanning, but now isn't dirt & scratch removal usually a digital process done after scanning (even though I think they'd be best cleaning it physically before scanning it - unless it is very rare and would probably break)? If a film has warped due to age can't that be fixed digitally too now through image processing?
Most things are done digitally these days but the terms themselves do not imply they are digital. A master or a remaster from the pre-digital days is still a "master". Film restoration didn't start with the advent of digital.
Film is still cleaned before scanning , if its not I normally complain and start billing the client for additional time spent cleaning up the scans. ( no its not all automated)