Film Scanner Will Include Real-Time 2K Triple-Exposure to Increase Dynamic Range

At NAB, DFT will show a pre-production version of its new Scanity HDR film scanner, which is designed to quickly and accurately extract detail from "difficult" film elements, including aging black-and-white materials. It's aimed squarely at film archiving and restoration facilities.

The company said the Scanity HDR scans dense black-and-white film using triple-exposure technology to increase dynamic range. The three exposures happen in real time at 2K or at up to 15fps in 4K, eliminating the need to slow the film down to better capture highlight and shadow details.

DFT will also debut a wet-gate system at NAB, using new design techniques and environmentally friendly chemicals, the company said, noting that the goal is to provide more consistent and predictable results from wet-gate scanning of damaged materials. The wet gate will be an option when the Scanity HDR ships in the summer.

Also on display will be DFT's Phantom II software transfer engine for Spirit HD, 2K and 4K users. The Phantom II is based in part on DFT's Flexxity and Bones playout systems, and is intended to be a simpler, easier-to-use and "future proof" data transfer alternative for existing Bones users. DFT said more details on Phantom II would be announced at the show.