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Blackmagic Design Announces Cintel Film Scanner

New Cintel film scanner features an innovative new wall mount and desktop design with Thunderbolt 2 for real-time scanning of 35mm and 16mm film up to 30fps in Ultra HD resolution!

NAB 2014, Las Vegas, USA - April 7, 2014 -
 Blackmagic Design today announced a new model of Cintel Film Scanner designed with an architectural aesthetic that’s so thin it can even be wall mounted!
The new Cintel film scanner will be demonstrated on the Blackmagic Design NAB 2014 booth at #SL219.

With consumers purchasing large Ultra HD televisions in massive quantities right now, the demand for great Ultra HD content has never been greater and will become a boom market in the next few years. Ultra HD is incredible quality and there are millions of hours of Ultra HD content that’s been generated over the last 100 years locked up in 35mm film that is stored in vaults worldwide.

The new Cintel scanner will scan negative and positive 35mm film into amazing quality Ultra HD so customers can unlock the extra resolution from 35mm film that no one has been able to see until now. 35mm film is natively 4K so the extra quality is already in the film. This means there is no easier way to generate Ultra HD feature films and television programming for customers to view on their new large screen televisions than scanning filmed entertainment that’s already been produced, including classic hits.

Designed to hang beautifully on your wall, the Cintel film scanner is constructed using aircraft design techniques for a stiff and vibration free main deck to ensure smooth film handling. The core chassis has been designed as a super rigid structural space frame, which results in a design that’s dramatically lighter allowing it to be wall mounted in a facility, making it part of the environment of a colour correction suite. Whether wall or desk mounted the innovative design includes sliding doors, built in cleaning rollers and new digital servos to keep your film clean and ensure handling of valuable negative remains gentle.

The new Cintel film scanner is an innovation in technology. Film traditionally has been a mechanical technology and film products have suffered from poor quality electronics that required experienced engineers to keep them working. The Cintel scanner has been designed with the latest Blackmagic Design image processing technology and features a Thunderbolt 2 connection. The high-speed Thunderbolt 2 port provides massive bandwidth for transferring 4K video in real time, so you can connect the device to your Mac and scan the film directly into your colour correction system. That makes setup and use extremely fast plus eliminates slow file copying after scanning. Because Cintel is an OS X Thunderbolt 2 peripheral, you get easy to install software updates that add new features and it also means customers have the freedom to upgrade their computer whenever they choose.

In the past when film was the main way to get high quality images for post production, Cintel telecine’s and DaVinci colour correction was the standard combination used worldwide. Now these two wonderful brands are back together again because the Cintel film scanner includes a full copy of DaVinci Resolve software. Now customers will get full colour correction features included so they can take advantage of the Cintel scanner’s amazing image quality. Customers will never be limited creatively by their equipment because you’ll have incredible film looks combined with the same powerful colour correction toolset used by the world’s leading cinematographers!

The Cintel film scanner will include everything customers need for a complete solution to film scanning and grading. The Cintel scanner includes powerful built in Image Mill stabilization and grain reduction, a 35mm film gate (16mm purchased separately), two film spools, a set of four cleaning rollers, DaVinci Resolve 11 software and desk mount feet included. Unlike many film products, there are no fees for installation, no software update fees, no license transfer fees if a customer ever should want to sell their Cintel scanner in the future.

“Everyone purchasing these wonderful new large screen Ultra HD televisions are desperate for content. The amazing thing is there are millions of hours of Ultra HD content already in existence and it’s just sitting there on rolls and rolls of 35mm motion picture film!”, said Grant Petty, CEO, Blackmagic Design, “The new Cintel scanner is the perfect way to give this film new life and to get all those old classics into a new age. It’s very exciting and is why we acquired Cintel, as we believed in the brand and what we could do with it. The new Cintel scanner is the result and it’s been exciting to combine all this amazing cutting edge technology with the elegance and timeless image quality of film!”

Availability and Price
The Cintel film scanner is being previewed at NAB 2014 for customer comment and will retail for $36,185 AU$ (Inc GST) later in 2014 once all the NAB customer feedback has been included into the product.

Press Photography
Product photos of the Cintel Film Scanner, and all other Blackmagic Design products, are available at

About Blackmagic Design
Blackmagic Design creates the world’s highest quality video editing products, digital film cameras, colour correctors, video converters, video monitoring, routers, live production switchers, disk recorders, waveform monitors and real time film scanners for the feature film, post production and television broadcast industries. Blackmagic Design’s DeckLink capture cards launched a revolution in quality and affordability in post production, while the company’s Emmy™ award winning DaVinci colour correction products have dominated the television and film industry since 1984. Blackmagic Design continues ground breaking innovations including 6G-SDI and 12G-SDI products and stereoscopic 3D and Ultra HD workflows. Founded by world leading post production editors and engineers, Blackmagic Design has offices in the USA, UK, Japan, Singapore and Australia. For more information, please go to

About New Magic Australia Pty Ltd (Australian and New Zealand Blackmagic Design master distributor)
New Magic Australia Pty Ltd is a recognised leader in the distribution and marketing of multimedia hardware and software, representing a carefully selected range of innovative, leading manufacturers and catering for both the professional and consumer markets. New Magic Australia established in 1993 is the Australian distributor of Blackmagic Design, Convergent Design, Hauppauge Computer Works Inc, Cubix, Matrox Video Products, Schneider Optics Lenses and Sony Creative Software products.