Back in the mid 1990s FLAME Productions was hired to film and produce a series of Pro Billiards Tour events across the globe. Airing on PRIME Network (which later became FOX Sports NET) were all shot analog SD utilizing Betacam SP.
Being proud of our part in this international production, we kept many of the Betacam SP tapes for almost 30 years.
Right before we were proceeding with our office relocation (when a decision was to be made regarding the continued storage of the Beta tapes) we were contacted by Don Mackey, the gentleman who had hired us those many years ago.
Don had an idea to revitalize the history of the Pro Billiards Tour by digitizing the archived billiard tournament footage and provide access to the footage on a custom built website.
To say Mr. Mackey was excited to hear about the old analog tapes WE had stored away, and our recently acquired hardware and software capable of upconverting the old analog SD tape video to a more pristine 4K AI upscaled video, would be an understatement.
So here we present the first of many updates along the way for our Pro Billiards Tour website, 4K / SD AI Video Upscaling project.