dft reveals expansion of film image and sound scanning rang at ibc 2017

August 11, 2017

dft, the leading provider of high-end film image and audio scanning solutions will be showing a range of new features for its Scanity HDR film scanner, in addition to the latest Sondor Resonances audio scanner at IBC 2017.

On view at IBC will be dft’s flagship film scanner, Scanity HDR, which works with latest WetGate technology to provide a real-time organic solution for the ingest and management of difficult to solve historical film transfer issues – such as dust and scratch removal. The WetGate is ideal for archive owners who need a fast, touch-less scanner that can also manage the range of problems associated with old and aged film.

Unlike traditional wetgate systems, dft’s innovation makes wet scanning as easy to use as standard dry scanning – combining the speed and gentle film transport of a dry gate with all the advantages of scratch removal of a wet gate. It also enables fast and easy switching between the dry and the wet gate scanning modes. Using an aquarium style design, dirt particles are also removed by the fluid in a gate pre-chamber and so the film is also cleaned before scanning starts – combining the primary dust and scratch removal processes reduces both time and costs substantially.

Originally designed to work with 35mm, and being launched at IBC 2017, dft has now extended the WetGate’s range to include capability for 16mm gauge film – therefore opening further possibilities for archive facilities worldwide.

Simon Carter, dft Sales Director, said, “Scanity HDR was developed as a response to the requirements of the archive market. The WetGate has demonstrated remarkable results for our customers, enabling many of the issues associated with historically-aged film to be addressed at the scanning stage – saving them valuable time. Adding the S16mm/16mm film gauge to it’s capability has been an obvious next step.”

In addition to the new 16mm WetGate, dft will also be unveiling a range of additional file formats and transcoding deliverables in its latest Scanity software for 4K and 8K. These include the ffv1 codec which is a royalty free, lossless codec, which is becoming a popular preservation format amongst professional archives for long-term storage.

At IBC 2017, dft’s Scanity 4K HDR will be on show using GB Labs’ “Space” NAS (network attached storage), which has been designed to consistently handle massive data streams, guaranteeing safe file deliverables from Scanity. Following extensive testing, GB Labs’ Space solution is an ideal match for Scanity HDR, capable of speeds of up to 9,000Mbytes/sec – more than enough to ensure Scanity HDR runs at optimum performance.

Alongside Scanity HDR, dft will also be demonstrating, for the first time since acquiring the technology at the beginning of the year, the latest Sondor Resonances Audio Scanner.

Simon Carter added: “With Sondor sound technology, dft are now able to provide both the very best sound scanning and image scanning to its customers, wherever they are in the world, while simultaneously delivering highest levels of its well renowned service and support.”

dft counts major archives worldwide among its customers, including the British Film Institute (BFI), Dutch Institute for Sound and Vision, the Korean Film Archive (KOFA), Malaysian National Film Development Corporation (FINAS), Packard Humanities Institute (PHI), National Library of Norway (NBR), National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (NFSA), Library and Archives Canada (LAC) and The Slovak Film Institute (SFÚ), the Film Institute Netherlands (EYE), National Audio-Visual Archive of Finland (KAVA), Russian state archive Gosteleradiofond (GTRF) , Israel Film Archive (IFA), the Swedish Film Institute (SFI), the Royal Thai Archive & Thai Film Archives.

Notes to Editors

dft (Digital Film Technology) has been at the forefront of film scanning technology for over 75 years, supplying the film post production 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 centres worldwide. dft is a subsidiary of the Prasad Corporation Ltd, India.


Further information:

Simon Carter, Director, dft
email: simon.carter@dft-film.com
Tel: +44 (0) 1223 870853
Mob: +44 (0) 7776 297371