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We use the state of the art Golden Eye 4 archive scanner which is both gentle on film and supports all standard plus many obsolete formats. Scan from HD to 4K resolution, and 10, 12 or 16 bit colour to DPX or other digital formats. Versatile scanning options allow precise control over the films appearance including one light transfer, best light transfer and HDR double exposure scanning for dense prints.

Any Format

We support all standard formats including 8mm, 16mm and 35mm, large gauge formats such as 65mm, 70mm and IMAX with options available for most non-standard and unusual gauge film.

Audio tracks on film are also digitised including magnetic, variable density optical or variable area optical formats. Combined optical or magnetic audio is captured during picture scanning while separate audio is transferred on its own and synced to picture.

HD to 4K Resolution

Scan any film format high-definition up to 4K resolution. Nulight is one of the very few facilities in the UK that can scan 8mm and 9.5mm at 4K natively and without upscaling.

Every film reel is unique and we can advise you what resolution, bit depth and scanning technique is best suited for your film in order to capture the most detail for the best value.

True Colours

Colours are captured during scanning using a true RGB 444 sensor with three times the sampling size of an ordinary bayer camera sensor, eliminating possible interpolation artefacts and allowing us to obtain the widest possible gamut.

The end result is not only more accurate reproduction of the picture but more vivid and life-like colours.

Take Control Of Your Film

Choose from these versatile scanning options to control virtually every aspect of how your film will look

Best Light

During a best-light scan we stop and adjust chroma and luminance of each scene to correct for colour and prevent clipping of the signal. The resulting digital image maintains all detail in the shadow and highlights necessary for further colour grading.

Where a LUT or colour chart is present on the film we can adjust levels once and perform a one-light transfer. If a cataloguing solution to rapidly produce viewing copies in high-volume is required a one-light scan may also be a suitable option.

Bit Depth

We deliver outstanding colour reproduction supporting film scanning at 10 bit, 12 bit and 16 bit colour. Colour encoding can either be linear or logarithmic depending on the workflow used or the requirements of the film.

With over 65 thousand individual colours sampled per frame during scanning any banding, posterisation or compression artefacts are completely eliminated.

All major broadcast and cinema colourspaces are fully supported including rec709, P3, rec2020 as well as 4K HDR delivery.

Bit Depth

We deliver outstanding colour reproduction supporting film scanning at 10 bit, 12 bit and 16 bit colour. Colour encoding can either be linear or logarithmic depending on the workflow used or the requirements of the film.

With over 65 thousand individual colours sampled per frame during scanning any banding, posterisation or compression artefacts are completely eliminated.

All major broadcast and cinema colourspaces are fully supported including rec709, P3, rec2020 as well as 4K HDR delivery.

Multi-Flash

Detail normally invisible in high density, high contrast prints and reversal film is made visible using multi-flash, high dynamic range scanning.

During scanning each frame is given a long and short exposure which are combined to produce an image with up to three extra stops of dynamic range, meaning more visible detail in both the shadows and highlights.

In cases where only a dense print exists multi-flash HDR is an excellent option to recover detail that would otherwise be lost.

Damaged Film? No Problem!

Our archive film scanner is designed to handle film usually considered too fragile or damaged to be digitised

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