Site Sponsor Robert Houllahan Posted February 26, 2022 Site Sponsor Share Posted February 26, 2022 The old adage applies... Good, Fast, Cheap... pick any two... I would say that most likely the ArriscanXT probably is what you want if you are looking for the best technical picture quality in a scan. True RGB scanning with a monochrome sensor and in 2-flash it is real 16 bit precision. 6K to 4K or 2K oversampling for Mr Nyquist. The ALEV sensor that Arri uses / has manufactured is something that Arri has allot more technical and manufacturing control over than a company using an off the shelf machine vision camera and the ALEV was designed from the get go to be a cinema sensor. Plus a full immersion liquid gate system is on offer from Arri. Nobody ever got fired for using an Arri camera or scanner their color science is known to be the best available. If you are a smaller archive not working on new studio film or high end restoration you probably cannot afford to scan on the ArriXT and so there are any number of good solutions with various levels of compromise. The 6.5k Scan Station (or Xena) will make you 2K or 4K scans which are probably reasonably close to the Arri when run in 6.5K mode with 2-flash that yields 14bit precision from the 12bit Sony sensor. There is also the advantage of 6K to 4K (or 2K) over-sampled rez scans. I think that puts the 6.5K Scan Station at 7.5FPS when run that way and it can scan direct to ProRes4444 saving a step converting DPX to ProRes. 4K scans in single flash 12-bit from Scan Station Xena Kinetta or HDS+ or any number of scanners using the off the shelf Sony Pregius 4K and 6.5K sensors will also yield excellent results which would have been unobtainable just five years ago for the price and speed. Even the RetroScan can make pretty good scans right out of the box and if you swap out the provided 2K sensor and mod it with a camera like the 4K Pregius (4112x3008 12bit) you can make some really good scans on the cheap that will just probably need allot more work in post to stabilize. The best scanner is the one that gets the job done to the required specs in the time frame and budget allowed for. 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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