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 the UK, Thailand and Korea – as well as providing regular support to our established customers. In the middle of that we’ve had NAB, which we used as an opportunity to showcase our latest technology.

NAB 2016

First of all, we would like to say a huge thanks to everyone who came to see us at NAB in Las Vegas. As usual, the show was very busy and it gave us a great opportunity to show off Scanity’s new WetGate, as well as catch up with new and old friends from around the world. If you missed us, but want to know more, you can see how the WetGate works here, and read the NAB press release here.

See us at the FOCAL International Awards 2016

The FOCAL International Awards celebrate achievement in the use of footage in a variety of genres for the archive footage business. DFT, in conjunction with our parent company, Prasad, are sponsoring the ‘Best Archive Restoration/Preservation Project or Title’ category. Best of luck to everyone who has entered the awards, and for a successful evening on May 26th.

DFT supports FIAF at Bologna for the 72nd congress

The International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF) , will this year be holding it’s film restoration summer school in Bologne, Italy, from 22 June to 26th June. The school is organised by Cineteca di Bologna and L’Immagine Ritrovata film restoration and conservation laboratory in cooperation with FIAF and the Association des Cinémathèques Européennes (ACE). Prasad/ DFT is supporting the FIAF event , and we would be delighted to see you there! For more information and bookings click here.

Latest Installations

The Korean Film Archive (KOFA) has installed dft’s Scanity HDR, a state-of-the-art film scanner at its purpose-built film preservation facility in Paju, Korea. DFT’s Scanity HDR film scanner will be at the heart of KOFA’s digital restoration process in the Paju Preservation Centre, which plans to scan, at 4K, and digitize over 40 aged film titles each year. Scanity HDR was chosen for its ability to gently handle delicate and damaged film material, whilst at the same time getting the best possible quality image from black and white stock.


The Thai Film Archive has installed a dft’s Scanity, for film preservation and archive at its facility in Bangkok, Thailand. An extensive review of all available technology by the Thai Film Archive, determined that DFT’s Scanity 4K film scanner suited the requirements perfectly.


Thank you to everyone who responded to our scanner survey earlier in the year. We had an amazing response to a range of questions regarding the things you find important when choosing a film scanner.

So what did we find out? First of all, the majority of you said that you use your scanners for aged film ingest - only a quarter of you use it for digital intermediate or high resolution scanning. It comes at no surprise that picture quality was ranked above all other features, followed by resolution, speed and the ability for a scanner to handle delicate and fragile film - obviously very important when scanning aged film materials. We were pleased (or perhaps relieved?) that over a third of you selected 'wet gate technology' as a preferred method for dust and scratch management, and that the gates that we already have for Scanity (35mm, 16mm and 8mm) are also the most popular.

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!

- Scanity used in Blu-Ray restoration of “IKIRU”

IKIRU (translated as "To Live"), a 1952 Japanese film directed and co-written by Akira Kurosawa, describes the struggles of a middle-aged Tokyo bureaucrat and his quest for meaning after discovering he has terminal cancer. The film appeared in Empire Magazine's greatest 500 films of all time.

Recently remastered and released as on Blu-Ray disc, this review states that “This new digital transfer was created in 4K resolution on a Scanity film scanner from a 35 mm fine-grain master positive, the best remaining film element of IKIRU, whose original negative no longer exists.”

- Packard Humanities Institute uses DFT's Scanity in state-of-the-art film preservation facility

The Packard Humanities Institute has recently completed its film study and conservation centre in Santa Clarita, which will also be the new home of the UCLA Film and Television Archive. The centre has a new DFT Scanity, which is currently being used to scan newsreels. The Los Angeles Times had an interesting story describing this new centre.

- Digimage restore French masterpiece

In 2015 Digimage restored in 4K the French masterpiece “Fanny” (1932) by Marc Allegret. Unfortunately, the film negative doesn’t exist anymore and Digimage only had the nitrate fine grain dupe positive at their disposal. Thanks to the Scanity, Digimage reached a result that met their expectations.  

- Finnish National Audio Visual Institute (KAVI) restore classic

Part of Teuvo Tulio’s 1937 film “Nuorena nukkunut” was found in March 2015 by La Cinémathèque française. This severely damaged and fragile Finnish reel of nitrate film was thought to be lost in a fire at Adams-Film storage in the late 1950s and had not been screened or seen by anyone in almost 60 years. KAVI gently and carefully produced a preservation scan and a DCP, using Scanity at low speed, which has since been screened on multiple occasions, showcasing the filmmakers talent once again.

- Silent 1908 film ‘Les Lunatiques’ restored by National Library of Norway

This black and white, hand coloured, silent comedy has been restored by the National Library of Norway.

- Nice Shoes work on ‘Tiny: The Life of Erin Blackwell’

A notable recent project for renowned color and finishing studio Nice Shoes was director Martin Bell’s upcoming documentary ‘Tiny: The Life of Erin Blackwell’, which is a follow-up to Bell’s 1984 film ‘Streetwise’. Utilizing the Scanity, 16mm footage from ‘Streetwise’ was scanned in at 4K, to be cut into the new film as well as to be archived at a higher resolution.

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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!

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