Digitising film by Drum Scanning

Drum scanning is unquestionably the very best way to digitise film
if you want to hold onto all the information the film holds or need
to make large high quality reproductions.

Real drum scans only come from scanners using PMTs (photo
multiplier tube technology). ‘Virtual drum scanners’ are just CCD
scanners with a ‘misleading’ marketing name and very inflated
performance claims.

Our drum scans offer:
  • Retention of detail from the brightest highlight to the deepest
    shadows. Tonal gradations are very smooth and well controlled
    and there is a complete lack of digital noise.
  • Exceptional sharpness means less USM being needed later on.
    Film grain together with most finger marks and blemishes are
    greatly suppressed or eliminated through fluid (formally oil)
    mounting, and an exceptional optical quality is achieved.
  • Less need to carry out the usual blemish removal work so your
    picture information is not compromised.
  • Absence from "smearing" in areas where bright detail is next to
    dark, which occurs with scans made using CCD scanners.
  • Ability to scan film at true high resolution for maximum detail,
    making huge, top quality reproductions possible. We can work
    up to approx. 11K ppi and are able to scan film smaller than
    35mm right up to film or artwork of 62x49cm in size.
  • Large colour gamut through regular profiling with wide-gamut
    hand measured Hutcheson film targets, means no loss of colour
    and amazing tonal smoothness in all of the colour channels.

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preparing Heidelberg Primescan for drum scanning Film being prepared for scanning using fluid mounting techniques before the drum is placed in one of our PrimeScan drum scanners. Our scanner drums can accommodate film or flexible flat artwork up to 62x49cm. Maximum resolution available is approx. 11K ppi.

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