Scottish startup iMetaFilm has introduced a range of what it described as radical new products to transform the film archive industry. Three products – MetaScanner, Metaweaver, and Digital Air are claimed to work together to take archive film and make it usable forever.
The Glasgow-based company, headed up by CEO Mike Howell with over 30 years’ experience in film software and innovation, claimed the MetaScanner is a uniquely designed 4K, or 6K, scanner that is fast, film-friendly and highly affordable.
The MetaScanner is suitable for a wide range of film gauges, including eight, 16 and 35mm film. Metaweaver software assembles MetaScanner output and enhances the output of conventional scanners to ‘software pin registration’. Meanwhile, Digital Air technology rationalises storage and manages metadata.
“The process starts with digitisation,” said Howell. “To be sure that nothing is lost, an archive must scan at a resolution in excess of the content. This scanning process has to be very high quality, yet still affordable and futureproof.
“The second task is to manage storage and metadata, including languages, subtitles and narrative. The third and final task is to make content accessible, and to provide the means to bring hidden treasures out to the right people. Used together, MetaScanner, Metaweaver, and Digital Air provide the means to accomplish these three tasks. In short, scan once, stream forever.”