Film Scanning Upgrade

As Ultra high-definition (UHD) resolution becomes a more pervasive force in the video industry, Henninger Media Services has upgraded its film transfer capability by adding a Lasergraphics ScanStation. With this upgrade, Henninger’s arsenal of high-end digital tools now allows clients to experience real-time scanning up to 5K film to digital video transfer.

As opposed to telecine’s, Henninger’s ScanStation allows for the conversion of film directly into digital form at speeds up to 30 frames per second (fps). Still or moving image and soundtrack are converted simultaneously to multiple digital formats – all in a single pass with less time consuming effort. Key features of our ScanStation include………………………

– 5K resolution for 35mm film and 2.5k resolution for 16mm film.

– 30 fps simultaneous image scanning and soundtrack reading directly to HD ProRes, DPX or TIFF.

– 4:3 and 16:9 aspect ratios.

– Film Types: Negative, Intermediate, Interpositive, Print, Color and B&W.

– Synchronized image and audio output direct to ProRes.

– Read soundtrack at any speed (no requirement to read in real-time).

– Diffuse light source for optical scratch and fingerprint reduction.

– Built-in color and dye-fade correction.

– Sprocketless capstan drive system with 2D optical pin registration (no edge-guides).

– Shrunken film handling up to 5.5%.

What does the addition of this ScanStation mean to Henninger and its clients? Well, here’s some of the value to be realized………………

– Continued facility enhancement enabling Henninger to take care of all its clients video needs…….under one roof.

– Maintaining a state-of-the-art digital facility.

– Providing producers in possession of film archives an easy means to convert to a 2K, 4K or 5K environment.

– Efficient film transfer with superior optical pin registration.

Film registration is achieved by optically sensing one or more perforations as a guide. Lasergraphics’ proprietary 2D optical pin registration system locates up to 8 perforations and is able to register the frame even if only one of the perforations is usable.  The frame is stabilized in the X, Y, and rotation axes.  Therefore, shrunken film can be effectively stabilized with no mechanical or software adjustments.  All optical pin registration is performed during the scanning process.

Lasergraphics scanners are highly immune to perforation damage and splices while maintaining registration. Lasergraphics’ 2D optical pin registration detects the location of all of the holes and then determines which ones are damaged.  The damaged ones are ignored while the undamaged ones are used to align the image.

Optical pin registration is superior to:

  • Mechanical pin registration, which engages the film in only two perforations and is only effective on undamaged and unshrunken film.
  • Edge guiding, which weaves laterally because it entirely ignores the holes and is highly intolerant of splices.

As a preferred vendor for the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), we support many people within the film community. Be it a simple transfer of 16mm footage for a media archivist in Switzerland or 4k film transfer work for a Hollywood producer, Henninger is uniquely qualified to support the video world. Coupled with our award winning color correction capability, all of Henninger’s film transfer support is of the highest quality.

To inquire about film transfer in standard definition, 2K, 4K or 5K, please contact us.