Amidst all the fuss over the URSA and the Studio Camera, it is easy to overlook that Blackmagic has announced a new, extremely aesthetically pleasing model of the Cintel Film Scanner.
Designed to hang beautifully on the wall, the Cintel film scanner is constructed using aircraft design techniques for a stiff and vibration free main deck to ensure smooth film handling. The core chassis has been designed as a super rigid structural space frame, which results in a design that’s dramatically lighter allowing it to be wall mounted in a facility, making it part of the environment of a color correction suite. Whether wall or desk mounted the innovative design includes sliding doors, built in cleaning rollers and new digital servos to keep film clean and ensure handling of valuable negative remains gentle.
The Cintel scanner has been designed with the latest Blackmagic Design image processing technology and features a Thunderbolt 2 connection. The high-speed Thunderbolt 2 port provides massive bandwidth for transferring 4K video in realtime, so you can connect the device to your Mac and scan the film directly into your color correction system. That makes setup and use extremely fast plus eliminates slow file copying after scanning. Because Cintel is an OS X Thunderbolt 2 peripheral, you get easy to install software updates that add new features and it also means customers have the freedom to upgrade their computer whenever they choose.
What’s more, the Cintel film scanner includes a full copy of DaVinci Resolve software, powerful built-in Image Mill stabilization and grain reduction, a 35mm film gate (16mm purchased separately), two film spools, a set of four cleaning rollers, DaVinci Resolve 11 software and desk mount feet included. And there are no fees for installation, no software update fees, no license transfer fees if a customer ever should want to sell their Cintel scanner in the future.
“Everyone purchasing these wonderful new large screen Ultra HD televisions are desperate for content. The amazing thing is there are millions of hours of Ultra HD content already in existence and it’s just sitting there on rolls and rolls of 35mm motion picture film!”, said Grant Petty, CEO, Blackmagic Design. “The new Cintel scanner is the perfect way to give this film new life and to get all those old classics into a new age. It’s very exciting and is why we acquired Cintel, as we believed in the brand and what we could do with it. The new Cintel scanner is the result and it’s been exciting to combine all this amazing cutting edge technology with the elegance and timeless image quality of film!”