Large format area imagers are far superior to line imagers used by telecines and real-time scanners.

Area Imager

(Lasergraphics)

Line Imager

(The Competition)

ScanStation Director 10K
MotionContinuousFrame by frameContinuous
Warped film tolerance

  • Warped film driven by capstan may result in film travel speed variation
  • “Potato chip” effect
    • Center is shrunk differently than edges.
    • Film does not naturally lay flat.

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Good

  • Not affected by film travel speed variation because entire frame is scanned in a single flash
  • Long depth of field mitigates potential focus uniformity issues
Very good

  • Not affected by film travel speed variation because film is not in motion during scan of image


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  • Warped film held flat on 4 sides with pressure plate for superior full-frame uniform focus
Poor

  • Ripple effect caused by film travel speed variation
  • Non-uniform focus due to short depth of field


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  • Doesn't lay flat resulting in bad focus
Triple-flash scanning for print filmNoYesNo
Light integration for dirt/scratchVery goodPoor
Splice toleranceVery goodPoor
Banding due to dirt in apertureNo problemBig problem
Gentle sound scan for old filmYesNo (24 fps only)