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IBC Blog: scanners, LTO and SDI

By Tim Spitzer

Although we all know “Film is Dead,” film scanners are popping up all over in an effort to resuscitate the medium.  Three of the new players to my circus of knowledge are:

MWA Nova GmbH, which make realtime scanners in 2.5K and 4K at 5fps, with the 4K, are soon to be realtime flavors. The scanner is capstan-driven (without sprockets), with room for PTR rollers, so looks to be easy on archival film. A laser senses the perf position to modulate the speed of the transport to deal with shrunken perforation pitch. Their gates are available for most known film formats from 35mm down to Super 8.

Blackmagic is offering a 35mm scanner with stabilization software and Resolve thrown in for free. The machine comes with a 35mm gate, and the rollers are milled to also handle S-16mm, Continue reading

Bluefish444 offers new SDI features for Adobe CC, Media Composer 8, Scratch 8

Over the past week or so, Bluefish444 has made multiple announcements focused on an updated Windows Installer (V5.12.0) for its SDI input/output cards specifically for partner products Assimilate Scratch 8, Adobe Creative Cloud 2014 and Avid’s Media Composer 8.


Bluefish444 has released Windows installer 5.12.0, a Windows 7/8 driver compatible with the Epoch|4K Supernova and Epoch|Supernova S+ cards supporting new high frame rate YUV SDI output from Assimilate Scratch 8 software.

New support includes: 4K SDI output as 4096×2160 at 60fps and a much anticipated 2k/4k at 48fps SDI output.

 Bluefish444’s 5.12.0 Windows 7/8 installer support for Adobe Creative Cloud (2014) includes compatibility with all Create, Epoch and Epoch 4K Supernova video cards.

This free release also provides added functionality for live capture of 4K SDI as 4096×2160 at 60fps from digital cinema cameras using Epoch|4K Supernova and Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2014. 

The 5.12.0 Windows7/8 installer is a major update for Adobe After Effects CC 2014 users, adding 4K/2K/HD/SD RGB/YUV SDI output, full support for Adobe Mercury transmit and audio monitoring through ASIO 64.

“Bluefish444 has lifted the bar for 4K SDI high frame rate workflows with new 4K 60p SDI capture through Adobe Premiere Pro, 4K 60p SDI preview through Adobe After Effects and Assimilate Scratch 8,” says Tom Lithgow, Bluefish444 product specialist. “Bluefish444 is committed to offering our customer base the full gamut of 4K 60p workflow options and our new Windows 7/8 installer extends that support to Bluefish444 Adobe and Assimilate customers.”

Windows Installer 5.12.0 is also compatible with all Bluefish444 Epoch hardware and the Create | 3D Ultra supporting dedicated HD 1080p 30 YUV/RGB SDI I/O for Avid Media Composer 8 and Avid Symphony.

The new installer is freely available for all Bluefish444 Epoch and Create customers from the Bluefish444 homepage and is compatible with the complementary Bluefish444 Symmetry and Bluefish444 Fluid applications: IngeStore and DNxHD IngeStore.