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DALSA provides key technology for the motion picture industry

DALSA and DFT works in tandem to produce the world's best high-resolution, multi-format film scanners
With hardware provisioned by DALSA and processes developed by DFT Digital Film Technology, the Spirit 4K/2K Film Scanner was recognised by The Academy of Motions Pictures as becoming the industry standard for converting film to digital and video formats.

The Spirit's developers, Volker Massmann, Markus Hasenzahl, Klaus Anderie and Andreas Loew, were each awarded a Scientific and Engineering Award for their distinguished product.

The Award
Recognizing the crucial role of science and technology in the movie-making process, the Academy has, almost since its inception, honored the achievements of pioneers whose work have advanced the motion picture industry.

The Academy’s Scientific and Technical Awards is conferred upon those whose discoveries and innovations have contributed in significant, outstanding and lasting ways to motion pictures. The Sci-Tech Awards presentation has become a highlight of the Academy Awards season and takes place a fortnight before the Oscar ceremony.
This year, Digital Film Technology and DALSA have distinguished themselves with the Spirit 4K/2K, which incorporates a continuous-motion transport mechanism enabling full-range, high-resolution scanning at much higher frame rates than non-continuous transport scanners.

The Product

The Spirit products are high-speed, high-precision Film Scanners that scan film images in 4K or 2K resolution to convert the film to a digital media format for editing, compositing, distribution, and archival.

DFT has installed more than 450 systems of the Spirit family worldwide and is considered the market leader in fast, high end film scanning.
DALSA's role
DALSA has an ongoing, long-term relationship, as an image-sensor-technology provider ,with DFT.

The custom-built, dual line scan sensor was developed specifically to meet Digital Film Technology’s demanding technical requirements for the Spirit Film Scanners and is a very high-precision sensor that achieves exceptional image quality.

  Custom DALSA line scan sensors power Digital Film Technology's Spirit 4K/2K Film Scanner.

Having to meet the challenging performance goals set by DFT, the sensor was also designed with anti-reflective properties to eliminate surface reflections during the film scanning process. As a result, the Spirit Film Scanners enable high-resolution, multi-format film scanning with unrivalled precision, stability, and image quality, setting the industry standard for high-resolution film transfers.

In congratulating the DFT team, Gareth Ingram, DALSA's Vice President and General Manager of Digital Imaging stated that DALSA had been engineering a high-quality product for 30 years and that they were extremely proud of their company's association with DFT’s Spirit 4K/2K film scanner, destined to become the de facto standard in Digital Intermediate post production systems.


DFT Accepting the Academy Award
Markus Hasenzahl, Andreas Loew, Volker Massmann and Dr. Klaus Anderle accept Scientific and Engineering Awards for the development of the Spirit 4K/2K film scanning system as used in the digital intermediate process for motion pictures.

Adept Electronic Solutions are "The Machine Vision and Imaging Specialists" and distributor of DALSA products in Australia and New Zealand. To find out more about any DALSA machine vision product please email us at: or call us at Perth (08) 92425411 / Sydney (02) 99792599 / Melbourne (03) 95555621 or use our online contact us page.



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