Film Scanners

Cintel Scanner 2

Blackmagic Design

Cintel Scanner 2

Real time film scanner


Suggested Retail Price £23,675+VAT

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Scanner Features

  • Film Stocks
    Print, Negative, Interpositive, Internegative.
    Mono and Colour.
  • Film Gauges
    35mm (2, 3, 4 perforations), Super 35mm (2, 3, 4 perforations).
    16mm, Super 16mm
  • Native Resolution
    4096 x 3072
  • 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
  • HDMI Formats
    3840 x 2160 Ultra HD
    1920 x 1080 HD
    (auto selected to match monitor resolution)
  • Audio
    Extraction from scanned image.
  • Dirt and Scratch Reduction
    Diffuse light source. Cleaning rollers.
  • Mounting Options
    Desk Mount. Wall Mount.

Transport Features

  • Continuous Motion
    Run speed:
    1 - 30 fps
    1 - 100 fps (35mm)
    1 - 200 fps (16mm)
  • Acceleration
    5 - 30 fps/s
  • Film Shrinkage Tolerance
    Up to 2% guaranteed, more may be possible if user care is taken.
  • Capacity
    2000 ft (35mm)


  • HDMI Video Output
    1 x HDMI 1.4 10-bit 4:2:2 for preview purposes only.
  • Computer Interface
    Thunderbolt™ 3 for capture of image and audio, software updates and supports USB-C charging with 15W at 5V.
    PCI Express 4 lane generation 2.
  • Bi-phase/Timecode Output
    XLR3, Bi-phase 4.5 Volt DC coupled, Timecode 1.5 Volt DC coupled.
  • Options Interface


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No other company in the world has more experience at scanning film than Cintel. That knowledge has been combined with cutting edge technology to produce the Cintel Scanner. Designed with an architectural aesthetic, the Cintel Scanner is so thin it can even be wall mounted. It features redesigned digital servos, a high intensity diffuse light source and advanced imaging system so you get real time HDR scanning of 35mm and 16mm film up to 30fps in Ultra HD resolution. The Cintel Scanner is perfect for creating digital film files you can use in post production or for unlocking vast film libraries and converting them to Ultra HD masters for streaming and online distribution.

Convert Existing Film to Ultra HD

With consumers purchasing large Ultra HD televisions in massive quantities, the demand for great Ultra HD content has never been greater. Studios have generated millions of hours of film over the last 100 years and now it’s stored in vaults around the world. All of that 35mm film is 4K resolution, which makes converting older film libraries the fastest and most inexpensive way to deliver Ultra HD content to consumers. The Cintel Scanner will scan negative and positive 35mm film into amazing quality Ultra HD, unlocking the extra resolution from 35mm film that no one has been able to see until now. There is no easier way to generate Ultra HD feature films and television programming for customers to view on their new large screen televisions.

Innovative Design

Designed to hang beautifully on your wall, the Cintel Scanner is constructed using aircraft design techniques for a stiff and vibration free main deck so you get smooth film handling. The core chassis is a super rigid structural space frame, which results in a dramatically lighter and more durable body than older simplistic heavy plate designs. 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 you mount it on a wall or use it on the desktop, its innovative design includes sliding doors, built in cleaning rollers and new digital servos that gently handle your valuable negatives and keep your film clean.

Latest Technology

The Cintel 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 new Cintel Scanner 2 has been designed with the latest Blackmagic Design image processing technology and now features a PCIe connection as well as Thunderbolt 3. This means you can now connect it to your Mac, Windows or Linux computer and scan the film directly into your colour correction system. That makes setup and use extremely fast plus eliminates slow file copying after scanning. You get easy to install software updates that can add new features in the future. It also means you can upgrade your computer whenever you need.

Realtime Scanning

The Cintel Scanner is the world’s first real time 4K film scanner to use Thunderbolt 3, 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 3 connection features a massive 40 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. In addition, there’s also an external PCIe interface for connecting to Windows and Linux based computers that don’t have Thunderbolt 3. With the Cintel Scanner, you get the high resolution of a film scanner with the real time use of a traditional telecine.

Audio and KeyKode Reader

The optional Audio and KeyKode Reader lets you capture high quality audio along with KeyKode information from the film. The reader features a magnetic audio head or deep red LED illumination with advanced optics, electro formed slits, and precision mechanical adjustments for azimuth, zenith and yaw to give you the best possible audio capture with incredible high frequency response. The reader also features a precision capstan and encoder that allows for automatic correction of wow and flutter, allowing you to accurately capture audio, even when the scanner speed changes. The KeyKode Reader provides you with unique identification numbers for each film frame so they can be easily correlated with the corresponding video timecode. Installation is easy and all you need to do is bolt the reader onto the front of the chassis and it will automatically be detected.

Renowned Cintel Quality

The Cintel 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.

Maintenance Free Connections

The Cintel Scanner is easy to set up and configure thanks to it’s Thunderbolt 3 and PCIe interfaces. Simply connect the scanner to your Mac or Windows workstation, install DaVinci Resolve Studio, 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. Cintel Scanner 2 also features a new bi-phase and timecode output connection to connect to external equipment such as audio followers and more. 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 Scanner is easy and intuitive. You get scanner control software 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 Scanner includes a full copy of DaVinci Resolve Studio 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 Scanner includes everything you need to scan and grade film with your computer. You get the Cintel Scanner with powerful built in Image Mill stabilization, a single 35mm HDR film gate (16mm purchased separately), two film spools, a set of four cleaning rollers, desk mount feet and DaVinci Resolve Studio software, which is used to operate the scanner. DaVinci Resolve also includes grain reduction, dust busting and dirt removal tools. The Blackmagic Design Cintel Scanner is a complete solution. There are no hidden installation fees, no software update fees, and no ongoing license fees. You may also transfer your scanner to another user absolutely free.

Blackmagic Design 16mm Gate
16mm Gate

16mm HDR film gate

Blackmagic Design  35mm Gate
35mm Gate

35mm HDR film gate

New launches at ISE 2020

Here's an overview of our vendors exhibiting at ISE 2020. Please call us on +44 (0)1457 851000 if you would like to book a stand tour with one of our manufacturers. BLACKMAGIC DESIGN HALL 3, STAND C140 The Video Assist 12G 5” and 7” monitor recorders are now shipping. The original HD versions were incredibly popular with AV technicians who wanted to verify SDI and HDMI feeds and check waveform levels. For production teams, their 4K HDR capture makes them a superb on-camera SD card recorder. The ATEM Mini is a very small, cost-effective 4 channel HDMI video switcher with streaming output. Great as a portable mixer or a signal switcher, it’s being adopted by everyone from conference producers to AV technicians looking for simple HDMI switching.

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 Design Announces Cintel Scanner 2

Blackmagic Design have announced Cintel Scanner 2, a second generation model of its popular real-time film scanner. Cintel Scanner 2 features the incredible speed of Thunderbolt 3 and PCIe host computer connections, as well as a new skid plate for 35 mm HDR film scanning and timecode output. The new Cintel Scanner 2 features entirely new high speed interfaces for connecting to Mac and Windows computers. With incredibly fast 40Gb/s Thunderbolt 3 technology, the Cintel Film Scanner 2 can connect to the latest Mac computers for realtime 4K film scanning. In addition, there’s also an external PCIe interface for connecting to Windows and Linux based computers that don’t have Thunderbolt 3.

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 Scanner 2
  • Desk Stand
  • 8 x 1mm Reel Spacers
  • Cintel Scanner 35mm Gate
  • DaVinci Resolve Studio Software
  • Cintel Software and Manual


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