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DFT Polar HQ film scanner evolves at NAB 2023

Mar 23, 2023

DFT, the leading provider of high-end film scanning solutions that preserves, manages and delivers pristine film quality, in archives and post production facilities worldwide, will be showing its newest 8K film scanner, DFT Polar HQ alongside its brand new Smart Motion WetGate at NAB2023 in the Central Hall on stand #C6610.

DFT Polar HQ, which was developed specifically for film archives, scans up to a maximum of 9.3K resolution in native RGB. The scanner has a modular design which can flex and grow as user needs and technology changes over time. This modular approach, unique in the film scanning world, marks a transformation in the way that scanners will be built in the future.

At NAB 2023, DFT Polar HQ will demonstrate 35mm and 16mm film scanning capability into a high quality 8K or Super 4K deliverable. New for NAB 2023, DFT will also unveil a prototype version of the new Smart Motion WetGate, developed for DFT Polar HQ and planned for release in Q3/ 2023.

Since the launch of DFT Polar HQ in September 2022, DFT has already delivered three scanners to an archive customer, where the new scanners are connected to the archives central WetGate System that currently serves three Scanity film scanners in its daily operations.

The new DFT Polar HQ complements DFT’s established range of film scanners, suitable for a wide range of uses: the flagship Scanity HDR – which offers both high-quality and high-speed film scanning universally regarded as the “go-to” scanner for high volume quality film scanning; the large format OXScan 14K – which provides ultra-high-resolution scanning from 65mm/70mm and 35mm films making it ideal for mastering ultra-high resolution large film format productions; and Sondor Versa with Resonances for film audio capture.

DFT counts major archives and post production facilities worldwide among its customers. A partial list of this customers includes the British Film Institute, the United States Library of Congress, Fotokem, Spectra Film and Video, the National Film Board of Canada, and the Packard Humanities Institute. DFT underlines its commitment to film archives and content owners around the world by investing in new developments to ensure future advancements for efficient and high-quality film digitisation workflows.

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