DFT POLAR HQ film scanner evolves at NAB23

Press Release

Darmstadt/Las Vegas; 15th March 2023

DFT, the leading provider of high-end film scanning solutions that preserve, manage and deliver pristine film quality, in archives and post production facilities worldwide, will be showing its newest 8K film scanner, DFT POLAR HQ alongside its brand new state-of-the-art prototype WetGate.

POLAR HQ, which was developed specifically for film archives, it scans up to a maximum of 9.3K resolution in native RGB. The scanner has a modular design which can flex and grow as user needs and technology changes over time. This modular approach, unique in the film scanning world, marks a step-change in the way that scanners will be built in the future.

At NAB23, DFT POLAR HQ will demonstrate 35mm and 16mm film scanning capability into a high quality 8K or Super 4K deliverable. New for NAB23, DFT will also be unveiling a prototype version of the new Smart Motion WetGate, developed for DFT POLAR HQ and planned for release in summer 2023.

Despite only launching DFT POLAR HQ in September, DFT has already delivered 3 scanners to an archive customer, where the 3 new scanners will be also connected to the archives central WetGate System that currently serves three Scanity film scanners in their daily operations.

The new DFT POLAR HQ complements DFT’s established range of film scanners, suitable for a wide range of uses; the flagship Scanity HDR – which offers both high-quality and high-speed film scanning universally regarded as the “go-to” scanner for high volume quality film scanning, the large format OXScan 14K – which provides ultra-high-resolution scanning from 65mm/70mm and 35mm films, ideal for mastering ultra-high resolution large film format productions, and Sondor Versa with Resonances for film audio capture.

DFT counts major archives and postproduction facilities worldwide among its customers, including but not limited to the BFI, Library of Congress, Fotokem, Spectra Film and Video, National Film Board of Canada, Packard Humanities Institute.

DFT’s stand at NAB 2023 can be found in the central hall at Las Vegas Convention Center, stand number C6610.  

Please find a hi-res image of the DFT POLAR HQ film scanner here:

DFT POLAR HQ – hi-res image link

Editors notes:

DFT (Digital Film Technology) has been at the forefront of film scanning technology for decades, supplying the film industry and archive market with a range of high quality, leading edge products and services. With a reputation for quality, DFT is head quartered in Germany and has a network of sales, service, and support centers worldwide. DFT is a subsidiary of the Prasad Corporation Ltd, India.


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