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Cintel Bridges the Film/Data Divide With Sledgehammer

Confirms compatibility between Cintel’s film scanners and Maximum Throughput’s Sledgehammer HD!O (December 06, 2005)

Maximum Throughput Inc. (, developers of ultra high performance software-based solutions for networked storage infrastructure and media management, announced today that Cintel International (, the world leader in motion picture film scanners and telecines, has confirmed the advantages of bridging the film/data divide with Sledgehammer.

The Cintel portfolio of products includes scanners, telecines and image manipulation tools. It has recently expanded with the addition of diTTo, a Super 2K & 4K data centric scanning system developed specifically for high quality efficient film scanning. After subjecting Sledgehammer HD!O Dual Link to a rigorous period of testing, the compatibility between Sledgehammer and film scanners was proven.

Cintel Business Development Manager, Simon Clark said "Sledgehammer is an extremely powerful interface between the worlds of film scanning and data networking. The ability to ingest 2K data from our dataMill scanner at 15fps – as well as Super2k at 4.5fps and even 4K data at 3fps from our new diTTo scanner via GigE – makes it the perfect film/data bridge for a Digital Intermediate workflow".

“Digital Intermediates can be summarized as the non-linearization of the entire film post production process. As complex as that may sound, there is a pretty simple solution – get gear that works well together,” said Mike Hughes, Maximum Throughput’s Vice President of Business Development. "dataMill is an exceptionally powerful film transfer engine with unique abilities. Its range of film formats is second to none and the speed of transfer is incredibly fast. The versatility of diTTo, namely fast, high quality data transfer at an affordable price, makes it an essential part of any Digital Intermediate solution.”

Hughes continued, “The missing piece of the puzzle between the film scanning process and actually using all those frames digitally has been a single storage and networking solution that ties it all together. Sledgehammer understands all transfer protocols in order to store the material first, and delivers the required data to the end users who need it to make the magic. Sledgehammer can also play out full resolution 2K film, in real-time, allowing material to be reviewed both on the way in as well as before being printed back to celluloid.”

About Cintel International
Cintel leads the world in the research, design, manufacture and supply of motion picture film scanners and telecines, offering film-scanning expertise that supports all types of post production facility – from long form to commercials and television episodics, facilities houses and film archives. With over 70 years of experience in the use and development of CRT and CCD technology, Cintel ensures the best possible scan quality and flexibility, keeping customers at forefront of the digital intermediate environment.

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About Maximum Throughput
Maximum Throughput Inc. is a networked storage and media management tool developer. Max-T's storage solutions deliver SAN level performance over TCP/IP. The company's unique solutions provide many times the storage bandwidth of other NAS and SAN products, using smart software that runs on industry standard hardware. The media management tools are integrated within the storage, delivering enriched functionality in one versatile solution. Having pioneered the development of a Network Attached Media Bridge to serve heterogeneous operating environments over both data and video networks, Maximum Throughput offers products with unparalleled performance, capacity management, and capacity availability, as well as having the lowest total cost-of-ownership in their class.

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