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Cinelicious Installs Scanity


Cinelicious recently added a new Scanity film scanner.
Hollywood-based post house Cinelicious has acquired a Scanity film scanner from Digital Film Technology making it one of the first facilities in North America to offer this technology to commercial advertising clients. Scanity is a new high dynamic range, 2K/4K electronically pin-registered scanner.

Cinelicious’ Scanity comes fully featured and can scan both 16mm and 35mm film at up to 4K resolution. While anchoring Cinelicious’ 4K DI pipeline, the Scanity also provides unique opportunities to commercial and remastering clients, offering increased quality and efficiency over aging film scanning technologies.

Cinelicious principal Paul Korver explained that he embarked on a year long search for the best film scanning technology. He had proprietary resolution test films made up in Prague that resolve 250 lp/mm, dynamic range targets that go from 0-4 density, and shot registration charts at Panavision in Hollywood. He put these targets on a single reel of 35mm film meant to push the scanners to the extreme in three categories – resolution, dynamic range and registration/steadiness.

The tests took him to Sweden, the Netherlands, and Germany to meet with manufacturers. Where possible he would have the scans done by a post facility. He used the test films to put all the market leading scanners through their paces.

“Our clients, DPs, directors, VFX companies and agencies have their film scanned at a post company and not by the manufacturer,” explains Korver. “We wanted to give them the highest quality level available anywhere, matching – and even exceeding – the technology used by the major studios. We found this in the Scanity.”

“People often think that development is only happening in the field of digital acquisition and that no one is innovating in film,” says Korver. “But when it comes to the R&D team at Digital Film Technology and Cinelicious that couldn’t be further from the truth. We are proud to be investing in the future of film and our colorists look forward to partnering with filmmakers to create stunning images with this huge leap in technology.”

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