Cinelab London has installed its second DFT HDR Scanity, which has a full complement of gates for 8, 16 and 35mm motion picture film stock and scanning capabilities at up to 4K 16-bit.

Cinelab London currently owns and operates the pin-registered 6K Arriscan, optically stabilised 4K Scanity and industry-standard Spirit scanners.

Scanity HDR is the favoured solution for major studio productions. For film archives, it provides “unprecedented throughput” coupled with optical stabilisation.

The new Scanity is already up and running and Cinelab says it will offer extra capacity for high daily volume for feature filmmakers as well as cost effective high speed scanning (up to 5 x real time) for filmmakers and archivists that require a lower resolution ‘visual audit’ of their libraries, before selecting specific reels for higher quality capture.

The Super 16 and Super 8 gates give the ability to over scan the image by 25% which provides a view of the full film frame including edge of sprockets, something that has has become an increasing trend in commercials and music promos.

For archive clients, the Scanity allows automated QC of content using Joanneum Research Vidcert which can create highly detailed reports on film condition and artefacts scanned.

Adrian Bull, CEO, Cinelab London comments: “At the peak period in 2019, Cinelab London scanned over 1.1 million feet of film in three months – an unprecedented amount. This second Scanity machine will allow us to answer the growing demand for scanning and archive services at an unrivalled level. It has always been our goal to provide an all-encompassing facility for those filmmakers who were continuing to shoot film or restore it.

Currently, following government safety advice, all physical media delivered to Cinelab London is quarantined for 72 hours before work begins.


Staff Reporter

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