Tokyo laboratory installs new Cintel film scanner


Blackmagic Design announced that Tokyo Laboratory LTD (Togen), a film laboratory
with 60 years of history, has installed Blackmagic’s new Cintel Film Scanner, where
it will be used to provide real time, Ultra HD digital film scanning and keycode

“We were looking for a successor to our current telecine system,’ said Naoki
Moriizumi, manager in the Digital Process Group of Togen. “Cintel is capable of
scanning in real time, as well as capturing both images and audio so we can use it
like a telecine system. Furthermore, we use DaVinci Resolve Studio as a grading
system, so we know that we will be able to work using both Cintel and Resolve.’

“It is good that Cintel supports three perforations,’ said Togen colourist Yasuhiro
Matsumoto. “These days filming with three perforations is widely used for DI and TV
commercials. Regular film uses four perforations shooting, with those shot on film
but delivered digitally using three perforations shooting. And it is great that Cintel
can be synchronised to flash a light source in the centre of a flame, even though it
keeps running while scanning. Also, there is no distortion as films are kept flat at
scanning. It is great to be able to get 4K30P scanning in real time with this price

The keycode telecine, which is used to create video with keycode burnt in for offline material is also a feature the scanner provides. “Currently we capture tape which we did with HD telecine, and burn in keycode using Resolve, and then export it as a QT file for offline editing. The workflow will be improved drastically using Cintel Film Scanner, as we can capture images into Resolve directly,” concluded Katsuji Nishino, general manager in the Image Media Department at Togen.


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