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25 Nov 2022

Blackmagic unveils Cintel Scanner G3 HDR+

Jake Bickerton
It features a redesigned light source and provides real-time HDR film scanning in Ultra HD

Blackmagic Design has launched the Cintel Scanner G3 HDR+ scanner, which features a redesigned light source and provides real-time HDR film scanning in Ultra HD. The product has a high-intensity LED grid array light source that Blackmagic says makes it possible to get better quality images from scanned film at much higher film scanning speeds.

The light source is six times more powerful than before, with a grid array illumination source of 576 high-power LEDs arranged into a grid pattern, which are focused onto film using a new light cylinder. This means there are tens of kilowatts of power contained in each illumination flash to scan a single frame of film. HDR scanning speed is also now up to three times faster at full real-time speed of 30 frames per second in Ultra HD.

The Cintel Scanner G3 HDR+ also features improved colour science and up to an additional 3.5 stops of HDR range. Furthermore, a new film inspection mode allows customers to check the condition of the original film for any scratches or dust. This new feature is available by pressing and holding the stop button, which adjusts the light source so light becomes focussed in a single direction to allow dust and scratches to be seen instantly.

The scanner retains the features of the previous generations of Cintel Scanners, including digital servos, capstan drives, advanced color science, 35mm and 16mm film support and the ability to be wall mounted.

Blackmagic says it’s ”perfect for unlocking vast archive film libraries for conversion into new Ultra HD masters so they can be uploaded for streaming and online distribution.”

Grant Petty, Blackmagic Design CEO, said: “We’ve been demonstrating this new light source technology over this past year and we are now very excited to be able to include it in our newest Cintel Scanner G3 HDR+ model. The new Cintel Scanner G3 HDR+ has all the great features of our previous model, plus now it includes an all new high intensity light source so our customers can get incredible image quality scans, and also at higher speeds.”

The Cintel Scanner G3 HDR+ is available globally now from Blackmagic Design resellers for US$32,045 (£26,500).

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