FREMONT, CA — Blackmagic Design (www.blackmagicdesign.com) has acquired the assets of Cintel International, a researcher, designer and manufacturer of motion picture film scanners. Through this acquisition, following the liquidation of Cintel International earlier in 2012, Blackmagic has acquired the intellectual property and all aspects of Cintel’s entire portfolio of film scanning products. This includes all of the IP, name and brand ownership and product development rights for the Ditto and DataMill digital scanners lines; Ursa, C-Reality, DSX, and Millennium telecine lines; as well as ImageMill data management products.
“This is a very exciting acquisition for Blackmagic Design,” says Grant Petty, CEO of Blackmagic. “Cintel products are the most trusted names in the film scanning business, and the incredible design expertise that has been built into every one of the Cintel products is amazing. The film market is in the middle of massive changes and how film is used is changing everyday. What hasn’t changed is the acknowledgement that film is an extremely creative way to capture images. This acquisition gives Blackmagic Design the ability to combine our vision and expertise with Cintel technology to provide the best technology for artists using film, more efficient and affordable ways to bring film into a digital workflow and better ways to archive and restore existing archive film worldwide.”
Service and support for existing Cintel customers will be handled by UK-based Cine Solutions Ltd. and US-based Cine Solutions Inc. Both are independent of Blackmagic Design and will supply replacement parts and repairs, provide expert engineering services as well as 24/7 maintenance help line to all users of equipment previously manufactured and supplied by Cintel International.