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65mm / 70mm Film Scanning in the UK

The 70mm Newsletter
Written by: Gary Welch, Cine Solutions Date: 29.08.2015
In Cine Solutions we found a partner with profound technical expertise combined with a wide range of experience and high aesthetical standards. Severin Rüegg, Swiss Armed Forces Film Archive

CINE Solutions are now able to offer expert scanning of 65/70mm film using the Cintel Millennium 2 Machine in the U.K.

I just wanted to let you and your members know that we run a 70mm Telecine in Harlow Essex – A Cintel Millennium 2 – in fact we are all ex Cintel engineers and provide telecine services around the world.

The company was originally set up by the engineers to continue the worldwide support and service for all Cintel built machines, following its demise in 2012. Since then we have started to get enquiries for high quality film scanning of all kinds, but are seeing a growing interest in 70mm film to 2k and 4k data from European archives.

We have also recently started transferring some 70mm films for people and are looking to make it more widely known that we can transfer to SD/HD/2k and 4K. The fact that we all know the machines very well, means that we can ensure the very best can be obtained from the film by tuning the telecine as necessary.

Our latest project came from the vast film archives of the Swiss armed forces: "Fortress of Peace". We did it from a faded 70mm print to 2k. We are just about to start work on 2 more for a German client.

The ‘Millennium 2’ 70mm kit allows the telecine to scan both 65mm and 70mm from 5 perf to 15 perf IMAX – although the IMAX format is limited to HD. All other ‘non-rotated’ formats can also be scanned to 2k or 4K.

What’s the difference between 2k and 4k?

A typical 2k file, that is 2046 pixels by 1556 lines is often preferred to HD, not only for the slight but significant resolution improvement but also for the more suitable aspect ratio. A 2k scan has an individual frame file size of approximately 12MB. 2k can be scanned at 15fps.

A Typical 4K file, that is 4098 pixels by 3112 lines gives you a digital file size of 50 MB per frame and can be scanned at the slower rate of 3.75 fps. 4K is generally regarded as having the capacity to capture virtually a clone of the original negative film frame in 35mm.

An example scan that shows the
benefits of 4k over 2k in terms of resolution and capture of the grain structure.
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PDF: An example scan that shows the benefits of 4k over 2k in terms of resolution and capture of the grain structure.

Schauburg Cinerama restores "Vigilant Switzerland"

"SAVAGE PAMPAS" will get a 4k digital restoration

Ultrascan 70

"Fortress of Peace" 70MM Remastering In 2K Digital

FotoKem Restores "South Pacific"

Scanning Cinerama Films

Cinerama Inc. Scans 70mm Film at Crest Hollywood

To understand the 65mm project

Internet link:

UK Head Office:

3 Harold’s Close
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The 70mm Telecine "Cintel Millennium 2" large format scanner

“An international crew shot the film on 65MSC for three screens with an overall size of 420 m2. It was directed by John Fernhout who won an Oscar with his subsequent film ("Sky over Holland"). After the exhibition, the film could also be hired in a revised form for presentation on one screen. The original exhibition version was rediscovered only last year. Digitalisation has become inevitable to enable viewing the film in its original form –simultaneously on three screens. In Cine Solutions we found a partner with profound technical expertise combined with a wide range of experience and high aesthetical standards.

Photographs in the snow with a strong red tinge, but also very dark trick shots with smoke and cross fading are very demanding as regards primary colour correction, which Cine Solution met to our greatest satisfaction. As always when dealing with special cases and the film rolls are the only remaining copies of the film, a trustworthy, pleasant and constructive approach is of great value. Therefore, at the human level too, we have greatly appreciated collaborating with Cine Solutions.”

Severin Rüegg
Swiss Armed Forces Film Archive
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Updated 04-05-22