The Athne Français cultural center uses the Cintel scanner for film archiving and restoration



Blackmagic Design announced that Athne Franais Cultural Center, Ltd. used the Blackmagic Cintel Scanner to scan 35mm and 16mm film. Athne Français used the Cintel scanner with DaVinci Resolve Studio for the digitization and restoration of decades-old animation and art films.

Based in Tokyo, Athne Franais Cultural Center Ltd. comes from a French language school with over 100 years of history. The Cultural Center was started as the school’s international exchange division in the 1970s, with the aim of an international exchange between France and Japan through films, which were screened around the world. , as well as seminars and film workshops. The Athne Français Cultural Center eventually became an independent organization and engaged in film screening and film production work, such as making film subtitles and DCP versions of films.

One of the tasks of Athne Français has been to manage the digital restoration of old films, which, due to the high costs of the material, has also been entrusted to other laboratories.

Yukihiro Akamatsu from Athne Franais said: We wanted to move the digitization work to in-house production for a long time, so we considered installing Cintel when it was released again. However, we took into account the specifications of peripherals and computers at that time to manage ascan’s business and postponed the purchase. Finally, the peripherals are now much more efficient while the costs are lower, so it was time to install ascanner. We chose the Cintel scanner for its profitability and speed, which allows us to do a scan in real time.

Athne Français regularly shows a number of independent art films and plans to digitize films such as old Russian films, 70s art films and underground films, Japanese documentaries from the 60s to 70s and films. Japanese independents from the 90s. For example, we restored old works by director Takahisa Zeze, which he made in the 90s from the original negative and screened in retrospect in March. Additionally, we have restored a number of documentary films from director ShinnosukeOgawa.

The Cintel scanner is compact, so we didn’t have to worry about where to put it. And it is also simple to use and is designed so that we can handle the film safely. It is also beneficial that we can check both the image and the audio in real time while scanning. We have hundreds of old films and used to use a German editor to check the condition of these films. However, it was difficult to maintain it, so we now use the Cintel as a movie viewer as well, he continued.

Besides the Cintel scanner, Athne Français uses other Blackamagic products such as ATEM Television Studio, UltraStudio 4K, Teranex AV, DaVinci Resolve Mini Panel, Samart Scope Duos, SmartView HD, UltraStudio HD Mini, UltraStudio 3G and HyperDeck Studio. We bought the ATEM switcher for switching during screening events, but these days we mainly use it for live streaming. DaVinci Resolve Mini Panel is portable, so we take it wherever we need it, such as a digitizing space for fine-tuning colors when scanning, or a studio for more precise calibration of scanned footage, a said Hirotaka Kuwahara, who engaged in post-production work at AthneFranais.

He continued: It’s such an advantage that Cintel and DaVinci work together. Because I handle old film, correction for fading, dust, scratches and grain control is necessary. DaVinci Resolve can do it all. Having the Resolve Mini Panel also allows me to make more precise adjustments when scoring, which I can’t do while looking at a GUI and using a mouse.

Akamatsu concluded: While working for film screenings and festivals, I realized that so many treasured films were not seen and simply forgotten. Of course, the films we call masterpieces have been restored, but the independent films that we mainly deal with are not even digitized due to budget issues. In addition, theaters that can screen films are becoming scarce, so such films are difficult to screen. In addition, some digital masters are telecine sequences for television broadcasting and DVD use, so they are not of sufficient quality for digital cinema. We want to bring such pieces to the public with better quality using the CintelScanner.

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