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flashscanHD offers 50-frame per-second HD transfers for small-gauge film

Breakthrough unit handles 8mm, Super8 AND 9.5mm Pathe film formats (July 08, 2009)

DMN Newswire--2009-7-8--The first faster-than-real-time flashscanHD small-gauge film transfer systems are now working at RetroFilms in Germany and are being delivered to other users world-wide.
MWA Nova announced that all flashscanHD units shipped beginning in Sept. 2009 will be capable of three formats: 8mm/Super8 AND the center-sprocket hole 9.5mm Pathe format.

This new development combines all three gauges onto one machine, instead of two separate units required by sprocket-driven machines. flashscanHD keeps operators productive and facilities profitable by allowing High Definition transfers at up to 50 frames per second.

Safe, SPROCKETLESS, continuous motion capstan drive uses laser technology to counter picture jumps at splices, and to steady the image during speedy transfer at more than 3X real-time for silent 8mm, Super8 and 9.5mm Pathe films. The flashscanHD handles shrunken or damaged film that is missing sprocket holes, film that won't play on other machines. Coupled with frame-based, triggerable color correction, this desktop digital transfer system allows "big iron" telecine workflows with small gauge film.

Two levels of Color Correction let operators adjust the color balance of the LED Array for initial white balance, then fine tune camera settings for further white, black and midrange level and color corrections.

Users can roll through film with stable preview at 100 fps, mark new settings at exact locations on the film and then rewind. During a quick second pass, the flashscanHD automatically changes the settings at the specified frames during High Definition capture at up to 50 fps. Automatic level and color correction make volume transfers of film even more practical for home movie transfer facilities and archives.

Optical image sizing allows full-frame 4:3 aspect centered in the 16:9 HD image or enlarging the 4:3 image to fill the 16:9 HD frame. Electric zoom and focus makes it easy. Hardware does the "heavy lifting" for picture and sound processing during transfer, while the transport and color correction are controlled by sotfware that runs on Mac OS X, Windows XP and Vista and Linux.

There are multiple ways users can interact with the software: The computer's keyboard and mouse, or for more productivity and finesse, MWA Nova's new USB flashremote, control panels by JL Cooper or the new Tangent "WAVE." Stereo or dual mono sound from any main or balance magnetic stripes can be captured during transfer.

Output is uncompressed 10-bit 4:2:2 YUV over HD-SDI with embedded audio to a capture card or recording system of the user's choice.

A flashscanHD product information sheet can be downloaded at

About the Companies: is the exclusive representative for all MWA Nova products in the United States, Canada and selected parts of the Americas.The company couples MWA's technology with other high quality equipment from companies including JVC, Matrox, Cal Digit—and now Front Porch Digital—to provide archives, service providers and post production facilities with complete systems for archiving film and videotape.

See more about and find North American product information sheets at

MWA Nova, Berlin has manufactured high end solutions for the post-production industry since 1947. The company's flagship product, flashscan for 8mm, Super8 and 9.5mm film led to development of the flashtransfer for 16mm and 35mm film.

MWA Nova's new flashscanHD began shipping in May, 2009, and is the first faster than real-time HD transfer system on the market for small-gauge film. More information about the company is available at

Editors' please note: The proper spelling of flashscanHD is with a lower case "f," and the name in bold italics. Thank you.

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