Tokyo Laboratory (Togen) Installs New Cintel Film Scanner

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Fremont, CA - December 04, 2015 - Blackmagic Design today 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 telecine.

Togen provides a wide range of services including telecine, editing, color grading and the latest DCP mastering, as well as traditional film service such as developing, timing and printing.

“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 efficiently using both Cintel and Resolve.”

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

“It is also easy to scan using Cintel. It’s safely designed, so that even if you make mistake in loading a film, you get an error and the film doesn't get any tension so you don't have to worry about damaging your negatives,” said Matsumoto.

“One of our film services is developing negatives,” said Katsuji Nishino, general manager in the Image Media Department at Togen. “We use an HD telecine system to check developed films. Usually films are brought in at night, and we deliver developed films the following evening. In the past, we’ve had to stop telecine jobs for film checks, which is not efficient. So we began looking for equipment with HD quality for checking negatives, and saw the Cintel Film Scanner at Inter BEE last year. With Cintel, we can check images with the HD monitor while scanning.”

Also, the team at Togen appreciate the keycode telecine, which they use to create video with keycode burnt in for offline material. "Currently we capture tape which we did with HD telecine, and burn in keycode using Resolve, and then export it as QT file for offline editing. The workflow will be improved drastically using Cintel Film Scanner, as we can capture images into Resolve directly," concluded Nishino.

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