Academy Award winning image scanner
Dalsa Corp., a supplier of industrial imaging systems and components, enjoyed a red carpet moment when its customer, DFT Digital Film Technology, won a scientific and engineering award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for its Spirit 4K/2K film scanner. Dalsa provided key technology in the form of a custom-built dual line scan sensor
In a ceremony held in February, DFT Digital Film Technology’s Volker Massmann, Markus Hasenzahl, Dr. Klaus Anderle and Andreas Loew were each awarded a scientific and engineering award for the development of the scanning system. The Spirit 4K/2K has become the industry standard for converting film to digital and video formats.
It incorporates a continuous-motion transport mechanism enabling full-range, high-resolution scanning at much higher frame rates than non-continuous transport scanners.
Dalsa’s custom dual line scan sensor was developed specifically to meet Digital Film Technology’s demanding technical requirements, including very high precision and elimination of surface reflections during the scanning process.
“The continued cooperation with Dalsa in the design phase of the sensor enabled us to achieve the challenging performance goals for the Spirit 4K/2K imaging sensors,” said Markus Hasenzahl, project manager for DFT’s Spirit 4K/2K.
Said Gareth Ingram, Dalsa’s vice president and general manager of digital imaging, “For 30 years Dalsa has been engineering digital imaging technology with unrivaled precision, stability, and image quality. We are extremely proud to have been able to supply the advanced imaging technology needed to develop the world’s best high-resolution, multi-format film scanners. Congratulations to DFT and its dedicated team.”
DFT Digital Film Technology headquarters are in Weiterstadt, Germany. Dalsa is based Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.