Film scanning: DFT to show new "Smart Motion" approach at IBC 2022

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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 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 Scanity HDR - which offers high-quality and high-speed scanning, OXScan 14K – which provides ultra-high- resolution scanning, suited 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.