Tokyo Laboratory (Togen), a 60-year-old Japanese film lab, has installed Blackmagic Design’s new Cintel Film Scanner. It will be used to provide real time, Ultra-HD digital film scanning and keycode telecine.
Togen provides a wide range of services including telecine, editing, color grading and DCP mastering, as well as traditional film service such as developing, timing and printing.
“We were looking for a successor to our current telecine system,” said Naoki Moriizumi, manager in the digital process group of Togen. “Cintel is capable of scanning in real time, as well as capturing both images and audio so we can use it like a telecine system. Furthermore, we use DaVinci Resolve Studio as a grading system, so we know that we will be able to work efficiently using both Cintel and Resolve.”
“It is good that Cintel supports three perforations,” said Togen colorist Yasuhiro Matsumoto. “These days filming with three perforations is widely used for DI and TV commercials. Regular film uses four perforation shooting, with those shot on film but delivered digitally using three perforations shooting. And it is great that Cintel can be synchronized to flash a light source in the center of a flame, even though it keeps running while scanning.”
“One of our film services is developing negatives,” said Katsuji Nishino, general manager in the image media department at Togen. “We use an HD telecine system to check developed films. Usually films are brought in at night, and we deliver developed films the following evening. In the past, we’ve had to stop telecine jobs for film checks, which is not efficient. So we began looking for equipment with HD quality for checking negatives, and saw the Cintel Film Scanner at Inter BEE last year. With Cintel, we can check images with the HD monitor while scanning.”
Also, the team at Togen appreciate the keycode telecine, which they use to create video with keycode burnt in for offline material. “Currently we capture tape which we did with HD telecine, and burn in keycode using Resolve, and then export it as QT file for offline editing. The workflow will be improved drastically using Cintel Film Scanner, as we can capture images into Resolve directly,” said Nishino.