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Tasmanian tiger footage remastered in 4k color

By T.K. Randall
September 7, 2021 · Comment icon 10 comments

The footage is the clearest yet of a thylacine. Image Credit: NFSA
Footage of the last known thylacine in captivity has been remastered to mark 85 years since its death.
The impressive video, which provides the clearest view yet of a Tasmanian tiger, was created from the original negatives and colorized by a team of experts from the National Film and Sound Archive to mark 85 years since the death of the last thylacine held in captivity.

The animal - which was named Benjamin - can be seen pacing around his enclosure at Hobart's Beaumaris Zoo in 1933. The footage was recorded by Australian zoologist David Fleay.

Converting it into color proved particularly challenging.
"It's a painstaking process that employs a lot of subjectivity and own personal creativity to be able to interpret a lot of different facets of history," said NFSA curator Vick Gwyn.

"By using a lot of secondary and primary records, and looking at amazing 3D renders of this creature, the team can employ that historic sleuth work and re-imagine the color."

You can check out the footage for yourself below.

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Comment icon #1 Posted by Tatetopa 3 years ago
Who were the A-holes pounding on its enclosure?
Comment icon #2 Posted by Timothy 3 years ago
Footage of last-known surviving Tasmanian tiger remastered and released in 4K colour ‘International film colourisation experts have released digitised footage of the last-known surviving Tasmanian tiger, taken just years before the species went extinct. The original footage of the animal was shot by Australian zoologist David Fleay in 1933 on black-and-white film but has now been colourised overseas and released today by the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (NFSA).’ Video and further info in article link at the top. Looks pretty awesome! ————— Original NFSA article... [More]
Comment icon #3 Posted by ouija ouija 3 years ago
Poor soul, existing alone in a tiny, concrete-floored cage . That film is heartbreaking . . . in colour or black and white! Resting in peace now.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Ozfactor 3 years ago
The colours look good, they did a great job with the colourisation. 
Comment icon #5 Posted by oldrover 3 years ago
On the left is Arthur Reid, Curator of the zoo between 1922 and December 1935, on the right is Albert Brett, who became head keeper and responsible for day to day management  in February 1936. 
Comment icon #6 Posted by oldrover 3 years ago
I don't think the colour in this is very accurate, more a sort of neutral sepia like effect. That doesn't detract from it for me though,as we don't know exactly what their colour range was I think that's a good thing.  I think this is excellent and probably the closest we've seen yet to what a live Thylacine would look like. 
Comment icon #7 Posted by oldrover 3 years ago
If you want to know how small, it's area was about the same size as a standard car parking space.   
Comment icon #8 Posted by jethrofloyd 3 years ago
Imagine to be the last man on Earth. Existing alone in a car parking large cage.   I really hope there are at least a few more thylacines roaming somewhere.
Comment icon #9 Posted by Silver Surfer 3 years ago
What an amazing and beautiful creature it was. Tasmania is truly a stunning place.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Timothy 3 years ago
You wouldn’t think you’re the last though. Just trapped in a cage. But what about all of the women?

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