Our newest acquisition is the RetroScan Universal multi-format scanner. This beautiful machine (dark wood base with brass fittings and large takeup reel reminiscent of Steampunk design) is unique in that it does not have sprockets in the film path. This is much gentler on film. Instead, the film is pulled by the takeup reel through the film path. In the center of the film path there is an LED illuminator underneath the fil. Directly above the illuminator is a high speed digital camera that takes pictures of the illuminated film. The individual still pictures are analyzed in software to determine the position of the discrete frames. A digital MP4 movie is created out of this stream of still pictures.
For more information about this scanner, please see: