Student Handbook

Film Scanning

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The Blackmagic Cintel Film Scanner creates digital files from 16mm, Super 16 and 35mm negatives and prints. The film scanner captures in a high resolution RAW format for digital mastering and archiving. The film scanner can also capture audio in real time and Keykode information to allow filmmakers the ability to match frames and later cut their negatives.

By appointment, trained student Film Scanning Technicians operate the scanner as a service to the students, staff and faculty of the School. To request a Film Scanning Session with a Student Technician, go to E104 Sound Transfer / Helpdesk Room.

Scanning takes place 7 days a week, but is contingent on technician schedules and availability. Priority for film scanning is given to School of Film/Video. Reservations are based on a 1-hour minimum and a 3-hour maximum, per person, per day.

There is a $15/hour fee. Charges will include: Set Up (a 30-minute minimum) and Basic Color Grading (if you want to change each scene with another color grade, time will be charged accordingly). This service does not include solving any problems discovered that might prevent scanning.

A 24-hour notice will be required to cancel a session. If notice is not given, a 1-hour “no show” charge fee ($15) will apply. Your scanning session begins at your reserved time and fees will be charged accordingly.

It is extremely important to show up on time and be prepared for your session. You must be present with the technician for the entire session. “Prepared” means your film is delivered on a film core, not a reel, heads out, with 6 feet of clear leader head and tails required. The Cintel film scanner will handle 16mm, Super 16, and 35mm film: Positive, Negative, Interpositive, and Internegative. Scanning negatives produces the best results.

Any spliced film or film prints will be inspected. If your scan cannot be completed within your reservation time period, you will have to reschedule to continue the process.

The following films will not be accepted for film scanning:

  • Hand-processed film
  • Scratched film
  • Workprints
  • Double spliced film
  • Damaged film