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Blackmagic's new Cintel scanners...C and S Drives

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Blackmagic discontinued their previous scanner and now have a C-Drive (capstan) and S-Drive (sprocket) scanner both w HDR. Their previous model was said to be poor at handling warped 16mm film. Is the current C-Drive scanner the same at handling warped film like the previous model or did they improve warped film handling?


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I think this is very old news. The capstan drive and HDR are all part of the 2018/2019 update package. 

Yes, it's better at handling warped film, but the gate is not designed to handle it very well.

Its not an archival scanner, it's a camera negative scanner. 

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Also the "HDR" works by rewinding the film and doing a second pass and not by double flash while scanning like the Scan Station.

It is what it is.

Pretty poor for 16mm.

Effective Resolutions

3840 x 2880 - Super 35

3390 x 2864 - Standard 35

3390 x 2465 - Anamorphic 35

1903 x 1143 - Super 16

1581 x 1154 - Standard 16

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