Darmstadt – March 25, 2014
Library and Archives Canada (LAC), responsible for the
acquisition and preservation of Canada’s documentary heritage, has
installed Scanity, a state-of-the-art film scanner from dft.
The national archive, originally founded in 1872, has over
half a million hours of audio and video recordings and 90-thousand
motion picture film titles ranging from interviews, music, television
and radio broadcasts, to parliamentary proceedings.
Included in the archive are some of the first Canadian motion
pictures and photographic negatives, much of which are highly sensitive
and require precise temperatures for preservation. These, along with
other less aged materials, are at risk as audio-visual records
deteriorate, formats (such as Betamax or VHS) become obsolete and the
machines that can play them disappear.
In order to preserve these unique records and make them more
accessible to Canadians on and offline, LAC has embarked on an ambitious
plan to transfer this content to standard computer formats, a
monumental project given the size and scope of the material involved.
LAC’s new film scanner, Scanity, has been specifically designed to
ensure the safe handling of difficult, damaged and aged film stocks, and
will enable the accurate digitisation of these treasured materials for
future generations to appreciate.
The new film scanner will also enable LAC to capture high quality
images from their archive materials in real time, an important feature
given the large volumes of film that they have.
Simon Carter, Director at dft comments, “dft is delighted that LAC
has chosen Scanity for its film archive. Scanity has been specifically
designed to handle large volume archive library ingest and together with
its dedicated Infra- Red scanning capability it facilitates a rapid
and effective transfer for dust and scratch management, delivering the
best possible results for 2K or 4K data files.”
dft (Digital Film Technology GmbH) 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, head quartered in
Germany and has a network of sales, service and support centres
worldwide. dft is a subsidiary of Prasad Corporation Ltd, India.
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