New York-based filmmakers are getting new options for 4K film scanning and restoration with the arrival of Scanity HDR 4K hardware at Technicolor PostWorks New York and DuArt Media Services.
The high-end hardware is being deployed in separate strategic partnerships between the two facilities and India’s Prasad, which owns Darmstadt, Germany-based Scanity vendor Digital Film Technology.
DuArt said the scanner would be integrated in its media management division. “We’ll be one of the few post-production companies in the East Coast that can meet the service demand for scanning both new and archive films with state-of-the-art equipment that offers unprecedented speed and versatility,” said DuArt Media Services President Linda Young in a prepared statement. “At DuArt we always strive for the highest quality at the best value.”
Meanwhile, Technicolor PostWorks New York emphasized that the Scanity would support its “scan-once” workflow for archival preservation and digital restoration. “High-speed Scanity 4k scanning is a tremendous benefit to our clients shooting new film whose workflows demand single-touch dailies, as well as for archival projects seeking high resolution, stability and gentle film handling,” said Technicolor PostWorks COO and President Rob DeMartin in a separate statement. “Having the opportunity to offer our New York clients Prasad’s vast restoration capabilities — without having their archival film leaving the zip code — is also a tremendous opportunity.
Prasad VP Tracy Balsz said the partnerships give Prasad an East Coast “foothold,” emphasizing the archiving community’s need for digital restoration services.
In September, Prasad announced a similar, five-year agreement with Pinewood Digital, which plans to use the Scanity equipment to support projects shooting film in the U.K. as well as at its Pinewood Atlanta facility in the U.S.