Film Transfer Equipment Choices/Comparisons

Motion picture film scanning or digitizing is a complex undertaking that requires skills in multiple areas. But the first complexity has to do with the various ways that film can be converted, and the technology available to do it. Below is a list of the equipment available out in the market that can accomplish a film transfer. This list is not complete, we are missing some of the available types. I hope to correct this over time. If you have additions, please let us know.



Consumer/Prosumer Devices

  • Elmo
  • Moviestuff
  • Tobin
  • various multiplexer solutions, Buhl, Laird, etc.

Professional Solutions-Scanners

  • Filmlight
  • Digital Vision
  • Arri
  • DFT Scanity
  • Imagica-RTI
  • Lasergraphics

Professional Solutions-Telecine

  • DFT Spirit 2K, 4K, HD
  • Thomson Spirit SDC2001, 2002
  • Philips/BTS Classic Spirit
  • Thomson Shadow
  • Rank Cintel Millenium plus other models

Professional Solutions-Flashscan Variants

  • MWA Flashscan
  • Sondor
  • Muller
  • PSTechnik
  • United Film Sound Dub Conversions
  • Oxberry-based custom

Professional Solutions-Open Source

  • Kinograph
  • Scanbox


Client Comments

quote1-40The preview disc you sent looks stunning--over the weekend, I put it up on a large screen at UCSC with a Christie projector just to check and Moumen Smihi was thrilled. We showed his Si Moh that you did and it also looked great.
Peter Limbrick, Associate Professor, Film and Digital Media , UC Santa Cruzquote2-40

quote1-40I premiered many scenes from your recent 35mm transfers in the new Lost Landscapes of San Francisco, and they were a HUGE hit. I am very much looking forward to doing more work with you. Thanks so much!
Rick Prelinger, The Prelinger Archivesquote2-40

quote1-40I just had to let you know how happy my client was with the quality of the 8mm film transfer you did for him. At 6000 ft of film (25 years of his families' life) there was a lot to deal with. Your technical expertise was very helpful in choosing the right digital format both for the subsequent edit we went through, and in hitting my clients budget and quality concerns. Feel free to use me as a reference at anytime. The whole experience was professional and very easy. Once again thank you.
John Kelly, Scott Video Productionsquote2-40

quote1-40These look great! Thanks so much for sending! Thanks! More on the way soon!
Steve Stanchfield, Thunderbean Animationquote2-40