Blackmagic Design's recent acquisition of all of Cintel International’s assets include all IP
rights to develop new methods to archive, restore and bring film into digital workflows.
|Through this acquisition, following the liquidation of Cintel International earlier in 2012, Blackmagic Design has acquired the intellectual property and all aspects of Cintel’s entire portfolio of film scanning products. This includes all of the IP, name and brand ownership and product development rights for the Cintel diTTo and dataMill digital scanners lines, URSA, C-Reality, DSX, and Millennium telecine lines as well as imageMill data management products.|
Blackmagic Design’s CEO Grant Petty said that the film market and how film is used are undergoing significant changes but feels that film remains a creative way to capture images. He said this acquisition gives Blackmagic Design the ability to combine their expertise with Cintel systems to produce efficient, affordable products for artists using film, including archiving and restoration.
Cintel telecine and film scanners and other post production products are used at major film, commercial and television companies, across long and short form productions, and are among the primary film scanners for film archiving projects around the world.
Since its founding in 1927, Cintel has been a major, recognised researcher, designer and manufacturer of motion picture film scanners and a recognized name in the post production, film scanning and digital intermediate markets. Cintel’s work includes the installation of the BBC’s first flying spot telecine in 1950 and the introduction of MKIII digital telecine in 1975, to the recent introduction of diTTo evolution super 2K and 4K data scanning system in 2009. Most recently, Cintel introduced the diTTo Evolution film scanner, a 16mm and 35 mm Super 2K and 4K system, building from the dataMill line of film scanners. Its post-production applications include mastering, digital intermediate, special effects, archiving and restoration.