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Hello and welcome to the 17th edition of ‘In the Loop’, dft’s bulletin for friends and colleagues worldwide.

In each edition we do 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!

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Catching up on the last 12 months
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Our last newsletter was issued way back in the spring of 2020. It is nice to be back to a new sense of normality, sharing our news with you.

It has been a challenging year as we have all had to all cope with multiple issues at home and at work as a result of COVID-19. Although the entertainment industry has largely struggled and there have been numerous delays, postponements and cancellations, many large-scale national archive projects have still taken place.

Many of our sales and service meetings are held virtually using Microsoft Teams, and we have been delivering online and remote support and diagnostics where we can. Sometimes, however, we do need to be there in person. So, our teams have become experts in international rules and restrictions, often having to quarantine before and after working on site, especially when travelling between countries and customers.

Our manufacturing team have continued to work from the factory as much as normal, but with additional measures for social distancing in place as expected.

Behind the scenes, and despite the restrictions, our R&D team have been working hard on new upgrades and product developments. We’re pleased to say that we now have a new capstan drive for our OXScan 14K scanner. And, we’re working on some very exciting new projects which we hope to unveil in late 2021 and 2022… stay tuned!


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Celebrating our latest projects

Despite all the uncertainty, dft has had one of its most successful years. Key installations over the past 18 months include the first installation of an OXScan 14K at Omnimago and the delivery and installation of multiple new film scanners to the National Film Archive of India, the Swedish Film Institute, the Taiwan Film Institute and the Hungarian National Film Archive. There are also imminent installations in Finland and Germany – more of those to come in a future newsletter!

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OMNIMAGO completes ‘world-first’ project to produce super 8K content from restored S35mm classic footage using dft’s brand new OXScan 14K

Full-service German post production house OMNIMAGO has recently completed work to digitise 35mm films with a native resolution of 8K for NHK, Japan’s national broadcaster.
Best known for its world-class documentaries and factual series, NHK has also become synonymous with high-resolution broadcasting, pioneering the move to higher resolutions.

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Taiwan Film and Audiovisual Institute installs Scanity HDR WetGate film scanner

The Taiwan Film and Audiovisual Institute (TFAI), the national film archive for Taiwan, has recently installed a brand new Scanity HDR film scanner with associated WetGate technology from dft. This is part of the TFAI's programme to preserve and store Taiwan’s film heritage, promote film culture and promote the development of the film industry.
Recently, TFAI upgraded its film preservation, collection and digital restoration facility and digitally restored a number of classic Chinese movies. As part of this and following a great deal of research, TFAI invested in dft’s Scanity HDR with WetGate, 16mm and 35mm gates as one of its primary film scanners - a challenging process, both delivered and installed over the pandemic.

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Spectra Film and Video chooses Scanity HDR for high-end film scanning projects

LA-based Spectra Film and Video has installed a new state-of-the-art Scanity HDR film scanner, enhancing the services it provides in processing and transferring of a variety of film formats to digital data.
Spectra wanted only the very best in film scanner solution available on the market. As this was to be a significant investment, they took a thorough review of available technology. Tests compared how each scanner handled a variety of tasks including resolution, extremely dense negative and positive, handling of delicate and aged materials and more, as well as ease of set up and use.

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Hungary’s National Film Institute installs latest Scanity HDR 4K

Hungary’s National Film Institute and Film Archive (referred to as NFI-FA) has recently installed a state-of-the-art Scanity HDR 4K film scanner at its facility in Budapest.
Restoration and transfer of films from flammable nitrate stock to safety film materials has always been a priority for NFI-FA. In 2017, a major film digitisation and restoration programme was launched restoring 120 feature films to 2K or 4K quality. Today, the aim is to digitise the archive’s entire film stock. Backed by annual government funding, NFI-FA is now able to fully restore a larger number of films than before at 4K, thus preserving this heritage and making the content available to wider audiences.

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Dates for your diary

Despite COVID-19, we have been working towards exhibiting at two of the biggest events in the film and broadcast calendar. The dates may have changed, but the organisers are still expecting them to go ahead as planned:

NAB 2021, 9-13 October, Las Vegas
IBC 2021, 3-6 December, Amsterdam

We are hoping that these will go ahead as planned, as we have some exciting new developments to show you. If you would like to book an appointment for NAB in October, please drop dft (sales@dft-film.com) an e-mail.

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Customer spotlight

leftpadding.gif STUDIOCANAL commissions 4K restoration of Basic Instinct


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1992 erotic thriller Basic Instinct has been restored from the original 35mm negative by the restoration team at Hiventy.

Using Scanity, the first step was to scan the 35mm image negative in 4K – including previously censored shots that were missing from the negative but later discovered in the internegative.

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One of the first projects using Scanity for LA-based Spectra Film and Video was the processing and scanning of the latest music video for American indie rock musician Phoebe Bridgers. Shot on Super 16mm, Spectra completed all processing and scanning with the colour correction done off site.

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leftpadding.gif R3store Studios uses Scanity to scan rare 1923 Tour de France footage


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British sports journalist Ned Boulting, famous for his coverage of the Tour de France, bought an old film reel of the race at a London auction house. Curious about what was on the reel, Ned began looking for a company to scan and digitise the footage. In his search he was advised that scanning the film may result in irreparable damage. “I was very worried when I was told that the sprockets were so torn it might not be possible to scan the film because it might be destroyed in the process”.

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Award-winning film Australia Daze, which documented the bicentenary of European settlement in Australia, has been digitally restored by the NFSA.
The film looks behind the curtains of the official celebrations of the Bicentenary of European settlement in Australia. Cameras rolled for 24 hours, capturing everything from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander protests to Royal visits and backyard barbies; from the spectacle of tall ships coming through the Sydney Heads to re-enactments on dry riverbeds in outback Australia.

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If you have any interesting film clips or photo images that you would like to share with us for use on our social media platforms, we would be delighted to showcase them.

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 in our newsletter, or on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn or YouTube, we’d love to include them - so please keep us up to date!

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