We specialize in scanning of archival film elements in all gauges. We have years of experience working with major archives and libraries. We understand what you need, and can provide solutions to your digitization needs, within your budget.
We have two completely sprocketless scanners, both designed to work with archival film. Our Lasergraphics ScanStation is used for 8mm, Super 8, 16mm and 35mm and our custom built scanner, called Sasquatch, for 35mm and larger formats (up to 70mm/15 perf). Between these two machines we are well equipped to handle your archival film scanning needs.
The ScanStation 6.5k has rapidly become the archival film scanner of choice, and we have one of the very first ones, making us uniquely familiar with the machine and its strengths. We are constantly upgrading this scanner to include the latest options. It's completely sprocket-free, and can work with shrunken, warped and damaged film, in all but the most extreme cases. For audio, we can scan any gauge with optical soundtracks, variable area or variable density. We're also able to scan 8mm and 16mm film with magnetic sound stripes (sound-on-film, A.K.A "commag").
We can clean your film before scanning either in our Lipsner-Smith film cleaner, or by hand. Any splicing we do is always done with adhesive tape splices, so that they can be easily removed without damaging the film. We work with many film archives and libraries and we're comfortable handling delicate and one-of-a-kind film, with the utmost care. We're also able to handle any specific naming conventions for ouptut files.
We offer special rates for high resolution scanning with simultaneous lower-resolution access copies in any of a variety of formats, with or without metadata burn-ins. We'll work with you to make sure we meet your existing requirements, or we'll help you decide what makes sense for your situation.
If you have an archive or large collection of film, talk to us. We offer special rates for archives to create HD resolution access copies with accession number, timecode and frame number burn-ins, to make it easy for patrons and researchers to locate footage they'd like to scan later at higher resolutions.
16mm and 35mm film cleaning on our Lipsner-Smith Excel 1100. Efficient and environmentally friendly.
Archival scanning on the sprocketless Lasergraphics Scan Station 6.5k. We have more experience with the ScanStation than any other service provider on the planet (We've got the first one, and we're constantly upgrading it for the latest features)
We can capture film-specific audio formats, too: Super 8, 16mm and 35mm magnetic tape, 1/4" with pilotone or neopilot sync, DAT, DTRS. We can even sync your film to old videotape transfers, if that's the best available source.