DFT launches next generation film scanning

Amsterdam: IBC22 Stand Number 7.A25
At IBC 2022, DFT is unveiling the next generation of film scanning, designed to flex and grow as user needs and technology changes over time.

Known and recognized worldwide for building high quality scanners for exacting customers, DFT is launching a new modular approach, which is unique in the film scanning world and marks a step-change in the way that scanners will be built in the future.

Launching for the first time at IBC 2022, and using the new DFT POLAR platform technology, DFT POLAR HQ represents a next generation film scanner specifically designed to address the unique needs of Film Archives.

DFT POLAR HQ provides clients with the tools to handle difficult to scan film material by introducing a revolutionary new film handling system called Smart Motion. Combined with a high resolution RGB 9.3K field array sensor, Smart Motion enables the user to both handle problematic film materials and enable mastering to Super 4K (deriving from a native 8K scan) as well as to native 8K (without slower micro-scanning) in full 16-bit RGB. Using the new DFT POLAR HQ, film digitization will be raised to the next level.

Alongside DFT POLAR HQ, DFT is also exhibiting it’s established film scanners; the flagship Scanity HDR – which offers high-quality and high-speed scanning, OXScan 14K – which provides ultra-high- resolution scanning, ideal for ‘scan-once’ large film format productions, and Sondor Versa with Resonances.

Norbert Hinckers, DFT Managing Director, said: “We are very excited to be showing the next generation of film scanning technology. DFT POLAR technology gives our customers a secure foundation when purchasing film scanning technology by enabling them to build and evolve as needs change. DFT POLAR HQ promises to revolutionize the way our customers approach scanning technology.”

DFT counts major archives and postproduction facilities worldwide among its customers, including but not limited to the BFI, YLE, Bundesarchiv, Technicolor, Library of Congress, NARA, TFAI, TFA, IMAGICA, NFSA, NAA.

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