In the Loop

Hello and welcome to ‘In the Loop’, dft’s quarterly bulletin for friends and colleagues worldwide.

In each edition we would not only like to include a round-up of news and developments from digital film technology (dft), but also to give some of our customers the opportunity to share their news and projects too.

If you have something to share, please contact us and we will be delighted to include it!

So what has been happening at dft?

Another busy few months have passed since the last newsletter. First of all, our sales and service teams have working busily, delivering new technology to customers in three continents – as well as providing regular support to our established customers.

Our research and development teams have also been hard at work, preparing for the biggest broadcast exhibition in the world – NAB 16 – where we’ll be launching a number of new features for Scanity HDR– we hope you will find them as exciting as we do!

Latest Installations

Since our last newsletter we’ve delivered new technology to customers in Japan in a joint initiative with Prasad, Tokyo Laboratory and Rightsmith KK, and in the UK at the British Film Institute. Further, exciting installations have taken place at KOFA in South Korea, their National Film Archive and in the UK & America – more about those in the next edition.

The BFI National Archive, the national collection of film and television, has recently installed DFT’s Scanity HDR, a state of the art film scanner at it’s Conservation Centre in Berkhampsted, to assist in the digitisation of the UK’s rich screen heritage for everyone to enjoy.

Established in 1935, the BFI National Archive holds one of the largest film and television collections in the world. The archive includes material from the earliest days of film to current television content – which includes around 60,000 fiction films, including features, on all gauges of film and formats of video tape, 120,000 non-fiction films, and around 770,000 television titles as well as millions of other items such as scripts, posters, still images, books, journals, articles and newspaper cuttings relating to Britain’s cultural heritage.


Prasad Corporation Ltd (Prasad), provider of integrated post production services worldwide, Tokyo Laboratory Ltd (Togen), market leader in Japanese film post production, and RightSmith K.K. (RightSmith), provider of global archive and content management services, have together formed a strategic partnership to provide digitization, restoration and archiving services for the Japanese market. The new facility, operated by Togen in Tokyo, includes a state-of-the-art 4K Scanity HDR film scanner, which is the first of its kind to be available in Japan.

What’s new for NAB

Yes, it is that time of year again when all of the NAB previews start appearing in the press, and all of the technology suppliers start talking about what’s new this year. This year, Simon Carter will be celebrating his 25th year at NAB (we don't think he has aged a bit over that time!), and he says that every year they seem to come around at increasing speeds ... although there are some he can't quite remember!

This year we are showing a number of new features for Scanity HDR, as well as demonstrating the very popular wetgate system providing the ultimate for dust and scratch removal on difficult, damaged and aged film stocks. We’ll also be showing off our range of film gates to suit a wide variety of film gauges.

Please come and see us for a demonstration or even just a coffee and a chat. We are located in the South Lower Hall, stand number SL10530 – and you can get a FREE entry to the show by entering our code LV4697 when booking your visitor pass.

Customer spotlight

It’s always good to hear about the work that our customers do using dft film scanners. If you’d like us to feature your work, we’d love to include it, so please keep us up to date!

- NFSA uses Scanity to preserve ‘The Dismissal’ footage

The 1975 Australian constitutional crisis, also known simply as "the Dismissal", has been described as the greatest political and constitutional crisis in Australian history. It culminated on 11 November 1975 with the dismissal from office of the Prime Minister, Gough Whitlam. Much of the footage taken of the events mysteriously disappeared. The original footage that still remains was donated to NFSA to be digitally preserved. Using Scanity, the footage has been captured and presented in its original quality to ensure its safety for viewing by future generations.

- 1980's classic thriller 'Dressed to Kill' remastered using Scanity

Thriller 'Dressed to Kill' has recently been remastered and released. The release was supervised by Brian De Palma and is a new digital transfer created in 4K resolution on a Scanity film scanner from the 35 mm original camera negative as well as a 35 mm interpositive for additional footage for the unrated cut.

Reviews state that "... the original release had major issues with stretching and color grading, which now appear to be corrected. Detail levels are fantastic throughout while the natural film grain only add to the appeal. Colours are finely balanced while never seemingly pumped up or oversaturated. There were no major instances of dust marks, scratches or other ailments making for the best this movie has ever looked, including the MGM/Fox Blu-ray release."

  What's coming up

As we did last year, we would like to showcase some of the work our customers have been doing with Scanity or Scanity HDR over the past year at NAB. If you would like us to feature your work at NAB, please send us footage or stills, with a few words to describe what you did. We will feature your work on our stand, as examples of what can be achieved using DFT technology; please let us know before the end of February 2016.

  What features do you value in a scanner?

We just need 5 minutes of your time to ask a few questions about what features you’d like to see on your next scanner… everyone who responds before February 14th will be entered into a draw to win an iPod.

  Thank you
If you would like to contribute to future editions of the newsletter in the ‘Customer spotlight’, or if you have an idea for a future quick survey, then please contact us and we’ll be delighted to include it!

As ever, if you need to speak to someone about purchasing new technology,
contact Simon Carter.

If you have a technical issue contact our technical support team and for SLA sales contact Paul Giles. For any marketing enquiries, email our Marketing team.
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