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New Audio and KeyKode Reader for BMD Cintel Film Scanner

Blackmagic Design has released a new accessory for its Cintel Film Scanner that is able to capture both audio and image frame data while material is being transferred. The Cintel Audio and KeyKode Reader is able to record sound together with code information while the main images are being scanned.

Cintel was a UK company that designed and manufactured telecine machines for transferring film on to videotape. While the original firm no longer exists the name was bought by Blackmagic Design (BMD) and is now used to brand its digital Film Scanner range.

Cintel Audio and KeyKode Reader

Cintel Audio and KeyKode Reader

The KeyKode Reader has been designed to simplify the post-production process, providing frame information during the editing or re-editing of sequences that have already been cut. This is read from bar codes containing edge code information and enables film frames to be correlated with corresponding video frames.

Included in the Reader is a magnetic audio head or deep red LED illumination, which is able to handle 16mm magnetic sound or 16mm/35mm cyan, high magenta dye and silver optical. Features include advanced optics, electro-formed slits and precision mechanical adjustments for azimuth to produce good quality audio that is synchronised to the video pictures. Any wow and flutter is corrected by the precision capstan encoder.

Commenting on the product release, BMD chief executive Grant Petty said, "The new Cintel Audio and KeyKode Reader is exciting because it allows both audio and picture to be scanned at the same time and in perfect synchronisation. Customers also get KeyKode information that helps to dramatically speed up post-production workflows."

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