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Pacific Imaging Debuts Film Scanner

48-bit scanner offers 3,600 DPI resolution By Dave Nagel
Pacific Image Electronics today announced a new model in its line of professional-level film scanners. The new PF3650Pro3 is debuting this week at the PMA convention in Las Vegas and will ship later this month.

The PF3650Pro3 offers a color depth of 16 bits per channel and an optical resolution of 3,600 DPI. It also offers a dynamic range of 3.4, with the ability to capture full black (0.0) to full white (4.0). Incorporated into the scanner are two imaging technologies from Applied Science Fiction: Digital ICE3 and the newly announced Digital GEM. Digital ICE eliminates scratches, dust, fingerprints and other imperfections, while Digital GEM is designed to reduce noise and grain without detracting from image detail.

The PF3650PRO3 includes FireWire and USB 2.0/1.1 connectivity and is compatible with Adobe Photoshop and other image editors. According to PIM, the scanner works with Mac OS 9 and WIndows systems. A Mac OS X update will be made available through the company's support site, though no timeframe has been announced. For more information, visit

Contact the author: Dave Nagel is the producer of Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; host of several World Wide User Groups, including Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Adobe LiveMotion, Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; and executive producer of the Digital Media Net family of publications. You can reach him at

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