Cinelab London installs Scanity film scanner
April 27, 2020

Cinelab London installs Scanity film scanner

LONDON — Cinelab London ( has installed its second DFT HDR Scanity in an effort to meet demand from major studio productions and those requiring archive and restoration services. The new Scanity film scanner has a full complement of gates for 8mm, 16mm and 35mm motion picture film stock and scanning capabilities at up to 4K 16-bit. 

Cinelab London owns and operates a pin-registered 6K Arriscan, optically stabilized 4K Scanity, and Spirit. The Scanity HDR is the preferred solution for major studio productions where a scan once approach is necessary. For film archives, it provides a high level of throughput, coupled with optical stabilization to ensure premium results. 

Scanity is capable of up to 5x realtime scanning for for filmmakers and archivists that require a lower resolution ‘visual audit’ of their libraries, prior to selecting specific reels for higher quality capture. The Super 16 and Super 8 gates give the ability to over scan the image by 25 percent, providing a view of the full film frame including edge of sprockets. This has has become an increasing trend in commercials and music promos. For archive clients, automated QC of content using Joanneum Research Vidcert can create highly-detailed reports on film condition and artifacts scanned.

“At the peak period in 2019, Cinelab London scanned over 1.1 million feet of film in three months - an unprecedented amount,” says Adrian Bull, CEO of Cinelab London (pictured). “This second Scanity machine will allow us to answer the growing demand for scanning and archive services at an unrivalled level. It has always been our goal to provide an all-encompassing facility for those filmmakers who were continuing to shoot film or restore it.”