Film Scanning Policies & Procedures

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The Blackmagic Cintel Film Scanner is available for faculty, staff, and student use in E39. Priority will be extended to School of Film/Video users. Scanning operations will be handled by students trained as Film Scanning Technicians. Reservations will be made through FVSound, in the E104 – transfer room. You must fill out a work order form available from the E104 or E46 help desks. Please return the completed Film Scanner Request form to the E104 – transfer room during open hours and your request will be processed. Any questions concerning the Film Scanner policies, procedures or techinical issues please contact Paul Kyle:

General Information

It is important to know that the Cintel film scanner is not a “true” telecine as it does not transfer film to video. Instead, it transfers film directly to an image sequence format in DaVinci Resolve software where you have the control to edit and transcode. The Blackmagic Cintel Scanner captures raw image formats with wide dynamic range. DaVinci Resolve will help you adjust your shots so you can get any kind of look you want. The scans can be color graded, re-framed, noise-reduced, or have the audio extracted.

Scanning Service

The School of Film/Video is providing the CINTEL film scanning process as a service. The scanning times will take place on a 7 days per week timeframe, but will be based on technician schedules and availability. Reservations are based on a 1 hour minimum and a 3 hour maximum, per person, per day. Exceptions can be made in advance if discussed with Paul Kyle.

There is a $15 per 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.

The School of Film/Video is not responsible for any damage that may occur to your film during this scanning service.

Show Up On Time and Prepared

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.

Color Grading

The technicians will sit with you to determine a basic color grade for your reel. Any further color correction can be done on your own at any computer with DaVinci Resolve or with any other color correcting program of your choice. Digital file output (format and codec options) is chosen within the Delivery page before exporting to your selected source.

If your goal is to deliver on film, you will need a DPX format. Please note: KeyKode metadata is only included in the DPX file format.

Audio and KeyKode Reader Option

The optional Audio and KeyKode Reader of the Cintel expands the scanning capabilities by capturing optical or magnetic soundtracks. It can also scan KeyKode information about the frames position in the reel and film stock used. Please discuss this option with the technician at the beginning of the session before scanning takes place.

Film That Will Not Be Scanned

  • Hand-processed film
  • Scratched film
  • Work prints
  • Double-spliced film
  • Damaged film

Data Transfer and Delivery

Media file transfer and delivery can be done either to flash media or a hard drive. The school will save the scan, internally, for a two-week period in case of delivery media failure.

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