Film Scanners

Cintel Scanner

Blackmagic Design

Cintel Scanner

Real time film scanner for transferring 35mm and 16mm film.


Product Discontinued

Product Replacement

Blackmagic Design Cintel Scanner 2
Cintel Scanner 2

Real time film scanner

Create UltraHD content from archives; includes grading, image stabilization, grain reduction and much more. The scanner is also about £100,000 less than earlier systems!

  • Scan negative and positive 35mm film
  • Unlock the extra resolution from 35mm film (35mm film is natively 4K so the extra quality is already in the film)
  • Generate Ultra HD feature films and television programming for customers to view on their new large screen televisions
  • Real time 4K film scanner - uses Thunderbolt 2, making it super easy to set up and install
  • Easy to set up and configure using it's Thunderbolt 2 interface
  • Includes DaVinci Resolve
  • Designed to hang beautifully on your wall


Warranty information available from Blackmagic Design's website

No other company in the world has more experience at scanning film than Cintel, and now that knowledge has been combined with cutting edge technology to produce the new Blackmagic Cintel film scanner. The new Cintel scanner has been designed with an architectural aesthetic and it's so thin it can even be wall mounted. It features totally redesigned digital servos, high intensity diffuse light source and imaging systems, so you get a real time scanner that scans 35mm and 16mm film up to 30fps in Ultra HD resolution. Now you can use film for post production or unlock millions of hours of film based content for scanning to Ultra HD masters for a new future world of exciting Ultra HD distribution.

Innovative Design

Designed to hang beautifully on your wall, the Cintel film scanner is constructed using aircraft design techniques for a stiff and vibration free main deck so you get smooth film handling. The core chassis has been designed as a super rigid structural space frame, which results in a design that’s dramatically lighter than an older simplistic heavy plate design. This means the Cintel scanner is light enough to be wall mounted in your facility, making it part of the environment of your colour correction suite. Being super thin and wall mounted, it’s out of the way until you need to use it, and then it springs to life and performs. Whether wall or desk mounted the innovative design includes sliding doors, built in cleaning rollers and new digital servos to keep your film clean and ensures handling of valuable negative remains gentle.

Latest Technology

The new Cintel film scanner is an innovation in technology. Film traditionally has been a mechanical technology and film products have suffered from poor quality electronics that required experienced engineers to keep them working. The Cintel scanner has been designed with the latest Blackmagic Design image processing technology and features a Thunderbolt 2 connection so you can connect it to your Mac and scan the film directly into your colour correction system. That makes setup and use extremely fast plus eliminates slow file copying after scanning. Because Cintel is a Mac OS X Thunderbolt 2 peripheral, you get easy to install software updates that add new features and it also means you can even upgrade your computer whenever you need.

Realtime Scanning

The Cintel Film Scanner is the world’s first real time 4K film scanner to use Thunderbolt 2, making it super easy to set up and install. The new diffuse high intensity light source means the Cintel scanner runs at a smooth real time speed keeping film handling gentle and transfers super fast. The Thunderbolt 2 connection features a massive 20 Gb/s speed so you can transfer all this data direct into your computer without quality limitations. You can even change computers simply by unplugging the single Thunderbolt cable. If you’re wall mounting then you can use the longer 30 meter Thunderbolt cables to connect to your grading computer even when hiding the cabling in the wall. With the Cintel scanner, you get the high resolution of a film scanner with the real time use of a traditional telecine.

Renowned Cintel Quality

The Cintel Film Scanner features a super bright spherical RGB LED illumination and an extremely sensitive imaging sensor. That means you get high quality scans that are super sharp even when running at full real time speed. The spherical RGB LED illumination ensures your priceless film is never exposed to unnecessary thermal stress and colour fading effects of traditional scanner lamps. In addition, Cintel’s patented diffusing sphere technology reduces the visibility of dust and scratches, giving you stunningly beautiful film scans every time. If you’re looking for super stable scanning then the optional pin registration gate means you can run non real time frame by frame scanning and get even tighter stability than possible when running real time.

Maintenance Free Connections

The Cintel film scanner is easy to set up and configure thanks to it’s Thunderbolt 2 interface. Simply connect the scanner to your Mac OS X workstation, install the software, and start scanning. That means you don’t need a dedicated engineer to operate and support the scanner. The Cintel scanner has been designed to give you the freedom to move it between machines or even plug into laptop computers so you can scan your film directly into the computer you’re going to use the content on. The HDMI output supports Ultra HD televisions for perfectly accurate focusing and film alignment using a local monitor. The HDMI output can even be converted into SDI video using Blackmagic Mini Converter HDMI to SDI 4K, perfect for connecting into your system for client monitoring.

Fast Easy Control

Using the Cintel film scanner is easy and intuitive. You get scanner control software for your Mac that includes everything you need to transfer and capture films to Ultra HD or HD files. Scanned files can also be opened with DaVinci Resolve for further colour, restoration and mastering work.

Includes DaVinci Resolve

In the past when film was the main way to get high quality images for post production, Cintel telecine's and DaVinci colour correction was the standard combination used worldwide. Now these two wonderful brands are back together again because the Cintel film scanner includes a full copy of DaVinci Resolve software. Now you get full colour correction features included so you can take advantage of the Cintel scanner’s amazing image quality. You will never be limited creatively by your equipment because you’ll have incredible film looks combined with the same powerful colour correction toolset used by the world’s leading cinematographers.

Complete Solution

The Cintel film scanner will include everything for a computer solution to film scanning and grading. You get the Cintel scanner with powerful built in Image Mill stabilization and grain reduction, a single 35mm film gate (16mm purchased separately), two film spools, a set of four cleaning rollers, Davinci Resolve software and desk mount feet included. Unlike many film products, with Blackmagic Design you can be assured there are no fees for installation, no software update fees, no ongoing license fees and no fees if you ever should want to sell your Cintel scanner or, if you want to buy a second hand one in the future there are absolutely no transfer fees.

Blackmagic Design Audio and Key-Code Reader
Audio and Key-Code Reader

Cintel Scanner Audio & Key-Code Reader

Blackmagic Design Film Cleaning Roller Kit
Film Cleaning Roller Kit

Set of 4 sticky rollers for particle, dust removal and film cleaning during scanning

Major announcements from Blackmagic Design

Not just some new products and technical updates from Blackmagic Design. No, these are major new products and massive technical updates.

Blackmagic launches 10 new products at NAB 2014

Blackmagic launches 10 new products at NAB 2014

What's new in Cintel 3.0

  • Add Linux operating system support for Cintel Scanners.
  • Add High Dynamic Range scanning.
  • Add light source calibration status.
  • Automatically detect film gauge which improves 16mm loading.
  • Improve sub-pixel stabilization.
  • Improve Cintel reader so fast deceleration is possible while capturing.
  • Enable Cintel settings to be saved within DaVinci Resolve.
  • Add resize filter for sub-pixel stabilization.
  • Add hold framing for slow advance.
  • Add Bi-phase/timecode support.
  • Fix debayering artefact that could affect pixel highlights.
  • Fix a potential rare dropped frame event aborting captures.
  • Add single frame capture.
  • General performance and stability improvements for all models.

What's new in Cintel 2.2

New features for Cintel Scanner

  • Adds support for the Cintel Film Scanner‭ ‬2.
  • Adds support for Linux.
  • Adds support for High Dynamic Range gates.
  • Fixes text in perforation area interfering with vertical stabilization.
  • Improves horizontal stabilization preventing jumping.
  • Fixes potential for duplicate KeyKodes in‭ ‬16mm.
  • Fixes potential corrupt image/crash during‭ "Calibrate"‬.
  • General performance and stability improvements.

What's new in Cintel 2.1

  • ‬Includes upgrade to DaVinci Resolve‭ ‬14.3
  • Includes upgrade to Desktop Video‭ ‬10.9.12

New features for Cintel Scanner‭

  • Introduces Compressed RAW LossLess and‭ ‬3:1‭ ‬for reduced file sizes.‭
  • Introduces entirely new image stabilizer.‭
  • Now fully crops for all file types for minimum file size.‭
  • Improves artifacts in highlights in negative film.‭
  • Updates to desktop video utility for Cintel devices.‭
  • Adds support for small film reels.‭
  • Slow advance added when holding frame advance buttons.‭
  • Introduces Cintel audio and keykode reader live audio preview.‭
  • Introduces optical audio equalization for flatter response with optical audio.‭
  • Aligns keykode to back edge of code instead of front edge.‭
  • Adds image flipping option when reading audio from negative.‭
  • General performance and stability improvements.

What's new in Cintel 2.0

  • Includes upgrade to DaVinci Resolve 12.5.7
  • Includes upgrade to Desktop Video 10.9.4
  • Introduces support for the Cintel Audio and KeyKode Reader.
  • Support for new Blackmagic Desktop Video software.
  • Improves support for frames per second in metadata.
  • Improves download speed of firmware.
  • Various general improvements and bug fixes.

What's new in Cintel 1.1.6

  • Includes DaVinci Resolve 12.5.3
  • Includes Desktop Video 10.8.4-p1
  • General compatibility improvements and fixes.

Download the latest Firmware and Software

  • Cintel Film Scanner
  • Desk Stand
  • Spare Set of Rollers
  • 8 x 1mm Reel Spacers
  • DaVinci Resolve Software
  • Cintel Software and Manual

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