Darmstadt – June, 2014
The Slovak Film Institute (Slovenský filmový ústav, SFÚ) has
installed dft’s state-of-the-art film scanner, Scanity, for film
preservation and archive at its facility in Bratislava, Slovak Republic.
Founded in 1963, SFÚ is the national film institute,
responsible for the collection, preservation and protection of the
Slovak audiovisual heritage. The SFÚ film archive houses around 80,000
film reels, which include all films made in Slovakia. Regarded as a
significant part of national cultural heritage, these films are
considered to be national property, protected by the state, and
entrusted to SFÚ for archiving and administration.
In 2011, a major national project, ‘Digital Audio Visual’, was
established to digitise all audio and visual film and video heritage to
help preserve national history and culture for future generations.
Digital Audio Visual is a large scale digitisation project, requiring a
highly technical solution to capture both audio and visual content,
including sound, music, video and film.
An extensive review of all available technology by SFÚ specialists
determined that the dft 4K film scanner suited their requirements
perfectly. Scanity can ingest film at real-time 2K and 4K speeds, to
produce outstanding image quality, even at high speeds. It has been
designed for the safe and gentle handling of precious film stocks, and
the end-to-end process, which includes real-time audio and infra-red
scanning, made it a perfect fit for this large scale and challenging
SFÚ worked closely with Slovakia-based BoneheadZ, a specialist local
systems integrator who assisted in the installation, workflow design,
systems integration and training. Ladislav Hodinka, General Manager,
BoneheadZ says, “This project has been a wonderful example of strong
cooperation between the developer and the authorised reseller, resulting
in a highly satisfied customer experience.”
Simon Carter, Sales Director at dft adds: “We’re delighted that SFÚ
chose to install Scanity for its film scanning requirements. SFÚ
conducted a thorough review and we’re extremely pleased that Scanity
ticked all the right boxes. Scanity provides a controlled, high-speed,
film ingest and also addresses a number of other key archive film issues
– such as sensitive handling of issues, like warping, shrinkage and
dust/scratch management. The film transfer process has a ‘touchless’,
reliable and repeatable outcome that will enable SFÚ to meet its long
term archival management goals for many years to come.
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
dft is a subsidiary of the Prasad Corporation Ltd, India.
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