Spirit DataCine is a telecine and/or a motion picture film scanner. This device is able to transfer 16mm and 35mm motion picture film to NTSC or PAL television standards or one of many High-definition television standards. With the data transfer option a Spirit DataCine can output DPX data files. The image pick up device is a solid state charge-coupled device. This eliminated the need for glass vacuum tube CRTs used on older telecines. The units can transfer negative film, primetime, intermediate film and print film, stock. One option is a Super 8 gate for the transfer of Super 8 mm film. With a sound pick up option, optical 16mm and 35mm sound can be reproduced, also 16mm magnetic strip sound. The unit can operate stand alone or be controlled by a scene by scene color corrector. Ken Burns created The Civil War, a short documentary film included in the DVD release, on how he used the Spirit DataCine to transfer and remaster this film. The operator of the unit is called a Colorist or Colorist Assistant. The Spirit DataCine has become the standard for high-end real-time film transfer and scanning. Over 370 units are used in post production facilities around the world. Most current film productions are transferred on Spirit DataCines for TV, Digital television, Cable television, Satellite television, Direct-to-video, DVD, blu-ray Disc, pay-per-view, In-flight entertainment, Stock footage, Dailies, Film preservation, digital intermediate and digital cinema. The Spirit DataCine is made by DFT Digital Film Technology GmbH in Darmstadt, Germany.
All Spirit DataCines use continuous transport motion, using a capstan and constant film tension. An optional optic audio, pick up system can be mounted in the capstan. All Spirit DataCines use a xenon lamp for illumination into a diffusion chamber to minimize dust and scratch visibility. With the standard 35mm lens gate: super 35 mm and academy 35 mm are supported. Also 2, 3, 4, perf are supported. VistaVision 8-perf and 6 perf are an option. The unit comes with select-a-speed, this gives the section of a film speeds from 2.00 frames per second to 57.00 fps in SDTV and 2.00 to 31.00 fps in HDTV interlace format. With the optional 16mm lens gate standard 16mm and Super 16 mm are supported. With the 16mm lens gate an optional Super 8 mm film gate can be added. 16mm audio system also support 16mm mag or magnetic strip sound track on the motion picture would be picked up by a head and could be fed to an audio sound mixing console or to the VTR.
Spirit DataCines use a charge-coupled device Line Array - CCD for imaging. In print mode a “white” light is shone through the exposed film image into a lens and then to prism, color glass separates out the image into the three primary colors, red, green and blue. Each beam of colored light is then projected at a different CCD, one for each color. The CCD converts the light into an electrical signal that produces a modulated video signal which is color corrected and sized so it can then be recorded onto video tape or a Storage area network-SAN hard disk array. Spirit DataCines can output to different TV standards: (NTSC or PAL) or HDTV. The Spatial Processor can change the size of the image: pan and scan, letterbox or make other aspect ratio and rotation changes, also product interlaced video if needed. The Spatial Processor also produces the 2:3 pulldown, if needed for the format. An optional Scream grain reducer can reduce film grain in all three color channels.
The Spirit DataCine opened the door to the technology of digital intermediates, wherein telecine tools were not just used for video outputs, but could now be used for high-resolution data that would later be recorded back out to film. The DFT Digital Film Technology, formerly Grass Valley Spirit 4K/2K/HD (2004) replaced the Spirit 2000 Datacine and uses both 2K and 4k line array CCDs. The SDC-2000 did not use a color prisms and/or dichroic mirrors, color separation was done in the CCD. DFT revealed its newest scanner at the 2009 NAB Show, Scanity.
A Spirit DataCines outputing DPX files was used in the 2000 movie O Brother, Where Art Thou?. The DPX files were color corrected with a VDC-2000 and a Pandora Int. Pogle Color Corrector with MegaDEF. A Kodak Lightning II film recorder was used to put the data output to back to film. To output the movie the Spirit Datacine’s Phantom Transfer Engine software running on an SGI computer is used to record the DPX files from the Spirit DataCine. These files are stored in the virtual telecine or on a SAN hard disk storage array. The Phantom Transfer Engine has been replaced with Bones software running on a Linux-based PC. First generation of DPX interface for data files was the optical fiber HIPPI cables (up to 6 frame/s at 2K), the next generation interface is GSN-Gigabit Ethernet fiber Optic (up to 30 frame/s at 2K). GSN is also called HIPPI-6400 and was later renamed GSN (for Gigabyte System Network). The SAN hard disks are interfaces to by dual FC-Fibre Channel, cables. The newest DPX output interface is infiniband.
Most Spirit DataCines are controlled by a Da Vinci Systems color corrector, 2K or 2K Plus. Some are controlled by Pandora International Pogle, some with a their MegaDEF or a Pixi color grading system. A Spirit DataCine comes with a full function control panel that can be used for control and color grade.
Background and historyEdit
The Robert Bosch GmbH, Fernseh Div., which later became BTS inc. - Philips Digital Video Systems, Thomson's Grass Valley and now is DFT Digital Film Technology introduced the world's first CCD telecine in 1979, the FDL-60. The FDL-60 was designed and made in Darmstadt West Germany, this was the first all solid state Telecine. FDL is short for Film Digital Line. The FDL-60 uses a three CCD single-line array system, whereby three lines, Red Green Blue (RGB) each with 1,024 pixels per line to record a single line of the film image. FDL60A uses three Fairchild Semiconductor CCD 133 CCDs for the image pickup. FDL60A released in 1979 used a 115 Volt lamp to light the film. The FDL60B released in 1982 added improve video quality features to the FDL60. The FDL60C released in 1987 used a Fairchild CCD 134 and a 24 volt light source. In 1983 an optional Grain Reduce was introduced by Bosch for the FDL-60, model FDGR 60. This was the first all digital noise reducer. The FDL 60 could operate stand alone or with a color grade system. Bosch made a scene by scene color corrector, model FRP 60, as an option for the FDL-60. Da Vinci Systems also made the Wiz color corrector for the FD60. About 568 FDL-60 telecines were manufacture from 1979 to 1989. FDL 60 were ordered in PAL or NTSC or Secam, a few were multi standard by changing a few electronic circuit cards.
FDL 90 and QuadraEdit
Philips-BTS eventually evolved the FDL 60 into the FDL 90 in 1989 and then updated to the Quadra in 1993. These units were able to support super 35mm, super 16mm and super 8. The units were able to zoom and position the picture. The units outputted 4:4:4 digital video to feed a color corrector like the Da Vinci Systems 888. The units also had an optional analog output. The film path was similar to the Spirit Datacine, but this was the only similarity. FDL 90 and Quadra used three Fairchild CCD 181 CCDs. Both had an optional Pal/NTSC switchable option. Both were 3/4 perf switchable. Many FDL-90 were updated to have the Quadra electronic circuit cards improvements. A true Quadra had a new capstan position closer to the film gate and with a blue color deck.
In 1994 the FLH-1000 was demonstrated by BTS inc.. This unit was never released for sale. This was the first HDTV telecine. The FLH-1000 was improved – redesigned and released as the SDC 2000 – Spirit DataCine. The Scanning system and CCDs were made by Kodak in New York. FLH-1000 and Spirit DataCine were a joint effort between Philips and Eastman Kodak. Beta sites for the FLH-1000 were: Producers Color in the Detroit and Channel 4 in London.
SDC 2000 Spirit DataCineEdit
In 1996 Philips, working with Kodak, introduced the Spirit DataCine (SDC 2000), which was capable of scanning the film image at HDTV resolutions and approaching 2K (1920 Luminance and 960 Chrominace RGB) x 1556 RGB. The SDC 2000 Spirit DataCine uses two physical CCD, one for Chrominace and one for Detail/Luminance. The unit used two CCDs for improved Signal to Noise ratio. The chroma CCD gave the unit high signal to noise ratio and the Luminance CCD gave the unit its high bandwidth. Inside the Luminance CCD are 4 electrical CCDs. In side the Chrominace are 3 electrical CCDs: red, green and blue. With the data option the Spirit DataCine can be used as a motion picture film scanner outputting 2K DPX data files as 2048 x 1556 RGB. The normal input data file standard is DPX. The data files are often used in DI - digital intermediate post-production using a film recorder for film-out. The control room for the telecine is called the color suite or sometimes a color bay. In a two years time span the Spirit DataCine took over the number one spot of telecines from Rank Cintel.
- The 1998 movie Pleasantville was the first digital intermediate film scanned on a Spirit DataCine. This process produced the mix of B&W and color pictures. A movie released in 2000, O Brother, Where Art Thou? was scanned with Spirit Datacine, color corrected with a VDC-2000 using a Pandora Int. Pogle Color Corrector with MegaDEF. A Kodak Lightning II film recorder was used to put the data output back to film. This process changed the greens to a green-yellow color for the complete film.
Specter - VDC - Virtual DataCineEdit
In 1999 Philips introduces the VDC-2000-Specter the first virtual telecine. It is able to color correct, re-size and grain reduce 2K DPX files in real time. Used in DI work and to make multiple video formats off one film transfer scan (HDTV, PAL, NTSC, Pan scan, letter box…). This was accomplished by playing the DPX files back through the Spirit Datacine’s process electronics and a Pandora International's MegaDef Colour Correction system. This allowed the film to be scanned only once for all needed formats or be used on DI workflow.
SDC 2001 Spirit DataCineEdit
In 1999 the SDC 2001 replaced the SDC 2000, the SDC 2001 had the addition of an optional 6 vector resolution independent color corrector. An optional RGB resolution independent film grain reducer also became available for both the SDC 2000 and SDCs 2001 called the Scream film grain reducer. Scream film grain reducer is a resolution independent three channel RGB grain reducer. Scream can be used on the Spirit DataCine and the VDC. Also in 2000 the first D6 HDTV VTR is shown.
In 2000 the Shadow telecine was demonstrated by Philips. The Shadow (STE) is a Spirit DataCine without a Kodak front end (lens, optics and CCDs). This made for lower cost telecine transfers, good for SDTV and HDTV.
SDC 2002 Spirit DataCineEdit
In 2003 the SDC 2002 replaced the SDC 2001, the SDC 2002 had the addition of being GSN data output ready. Data interface, GSN-Gigabit Ethernet fiber Optic has speeds up to 30 frame/s at 2K. Also a Color Graphical Control (GCP) panel now came standard and replaced the monochrome functional control panel (FCP).
SDC 2K Spirit DataCineEdit
In 2005 SDC 2K  Spirit DataCine was demonstrated by Thomson's Grass Valley, The Scanning optic system are made by Kodak in NY. The CCD are made in Canada. SDC 2K has a full 2K (2048) RGB resolution. Like the SDC 200x the unit is made in Germany. SDC 2K Spirit DataCine uses three physical CCDs: red, green and blue. The optional RGB resolution independent Scream film grain reducer is now internal to the Datacine. The SDC 2K Spirit DataCine could be configured as just a data scanner outputed on a GSN fiber Optic with speeds up to 30 frame/s at 2K or just a video telecine (with a spatial processor) or both. The DPX data files are outputted to a Bones Linux workstation that is connected to a SAN.
SDC 4K Spirit DataCineEdit
Same as the SDC 2K  Spirit DataCine but with the optional 4k (4096) data scanning CCD. It can output 4k DPX files at 8 frames per second, SAN speed permitting. With the optional scaler the 4k CCD output could be used as an oversampled 2K output. The unit can also output 16 bit data.
SDC HD Spirit DataCineEdit
In 2007 the SDC HD  Spirit DataCine, that is similar to the SDC 2K Spirit DataCine and SDC 4K Spirit DataCine was introduced. The SDC HD can output HD and SDTV video from rack 2. As the spatial processor is now part of rack 2, eliminating the need for the many electronic cards in rack 3. The option Data interface output is now using infiniband fiber Optic, rather than GSN, 2nd generation SDC 2K-SDC 4K.
In 2007 Bones Dailies was introduced, a Linux non-linear post production software system. Bones Dailies can control all dailies production process: ingest to a SAN, up to 30 frame/s - faster than real-time and make color-graded Dailies masters. It has an audio ingest, audio syncing, ASC CDL based primary, and secondary color-correction. It will work in multiple formats: SD, HD, or 2K-4K material and can ingest content from the Spirit DataCine or other devices like video tape or digital acquisition cameras. Bones can be also be used in a virtual telecine mode.
- Bones ingest was introduced in 2004 and was the replacement to PTE – Phantom Transfer Engine software that ran on a SGI - IRIX platform. Ingest (Bones or PTE) software is used to transfer the DPX data files from the DataCine to a SAN.
- At NAB 2014 a new Phantom 2 transfer product was released, that runs on a Linux system, replacing Bones ingest.
On September 5, 2011 DFT announced a new product Flexxity. Flexxity is a suite of software for a host of post production applications. Flexxity can process DPX, R3D, ARRIRAW, QuickTime clips, stereoscopic 3D support with stereo color matching and parallax adjustments, left and right eye synchronization and more. Flexxity has a unique fast image and audio synchronization feature.
DFT - Digital Film Technology revealed its new film scanner at the 2009 NAB Show, Scanity. Scanity uses Time Delay Integration (TDI) line sensors and FPGA image processing. The TDI CCDs have over 4300 horizontal active pixels, and 96 TDI lines, with a 6μ pixel size. Scanity uses a continuous film transport servo system, using a capstan and a LED light source. Transfer speeds are up to: 15 frame/s @ 4K, 25 frame/s @ 2K, 44 frame/s @ 1K, 69 frame/s @ 0.5K, 96 frame/s @ 0.25K. Scanity LED light sources is variable and programmable. Like all the telecines above it uses a continuous motion capstan film transport. New for scanity is the use of an infrared CCD channel for dirt mapping. Also new is large drum gate that give better performance with older film and the use of CCD camera to take pictures of the pref hole. The pref hole camera image is used for real time picture stabilization, thus no pins are used in the pref sprocket holes.
The Scanity can be set to use just on edge of the pref sprocket hole. Scanity has a new optical audio scanning option for 16mm and 35mm, also 16 mag strip audio. Dot Hill Systems as partnered with Digital Film Technology to capture 4k DPX files at 15 frames per second. Scanity has an optional Infrared-IR camera option. The IR camera channel can be used with the Scanity's optional IR dirt and scratch removal system or be outputted on a four IR channel for downstream dirt and dirt and scratch removal systems. Popular downstream dirt and dirt and scratch removal systems are PF Clean and Digital ICE.
At NAB in April 2014 DFT introduced the Scanity HDR. A Scanity with High-dynamic-range imaging option. The Scanity can scan very dark black-and-white film with more dynamic range and lower noise, using special digital processing. With the use of triple exposure all at once, HDR scanning can be done with out reducing the speed of the scan transfer, so 4k can still be scanned at 15pfs and 2K at real time, 24 fps. Scanity HDR bring out more details in black and white film.
DFT has demonstrated and delivered a full immersion wet-transfer film gate for Scanity 16mm and 35mm film in 2015. The film is run through a tank of fluid. This both hides surface scratches in the film and helps clean the film. Full immersion also eliminates the risk of bubbles appearing in the film optic path. The gate uses rollers, so the film is not at risk of scratches. At the gate exit, the film is dried.
Scanity 16 Plus - S8mmEdit
At NAB in April 2014 DFT introduced Phantom 2. This software is for outputting the Spirit Datacine’s DPX files. Phantom 2 Transfer Engine software runs on a Linux computer and is used to record the DPX files from a Spirit DataCine with a data option. These files are then stored on a storage area network. A Phantom 2 can replace a Phantom one or Bones ingest system. Data interface output uses infiniband fiber optic,
On December 9, 2016 Digital Film Technology (dft), completed the acquisition of Sondor. Sondor products were manufactured in Zollikon, Switzerland. Sondor was founded in 1952 by Willy Hungerbuehler. Sondor is noted as inventing the standard for bi-phase interlocking pulse signals to sync sound to film. Current products:
Spirit DataCine AwardsEdit
- 1990, the Geoffrey Parr Award, from the Royal Television Society to Eastman Kodak, for the development of a high performance telecine for HDTV.
- 1996 National Association of Broadcasters - NAB, Editors’ Pick of Show.
- 1996 ITS(Imaging Technology and Sound), International Monitor Award
- 1996 IBC, International Broadcasting Editors Award, International Broadcasting Convention
- 1997-1998 Emmy Award, Outstanding Achievement in Technical/Engineering Development Awards from National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences; Development of a High Resolution Digital Film Scanner, Eastman Kodak and Philips Germany.
- 1997 Film and Video, 1997 Most Valued Product.
- 1999 International Monitor Award
- 2009 Scanity Film Scanner was awarded the Outstanding Product Award in the Digital Film and Cinema category by BIRTV.
- 2010 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences: Academy Award for Academy Scientific and Technical Award to Volker Massmann, Markus Hasenzahl, Dr. Klaus Anderle and Andreas Loew for the development of the Spirit 4K/2K film scanning system as used in the digital intermediate process for motion pictures.
- 2010 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Award:• Technical Achievement Awards to Dr. Klaus Anderle, Christian Baeker and Frank Billasch for their contributions to the LUTher 3D look-up-table hardware device and color management software.
- thameside.tv Spirit DataCine
- PBS Why we decided to re-master The Civil War
- HDTV Magazine.com, Spirit DataCine Brings Unparalleled Film Image Quality June 25, 2001
- Apple.com, Digital Intermediate Workflows Using DPX/Cineon Media
- dft-film.de - DFT Digital Film Technology GmbH - Manufacturer of CCD based telecines and data scanners
- Lees, Roger,; et al. (October 1990). "High Performance CCD Telecine for HDTV". SMPTE Journal. 99: 837–843.
- Kurtz, Andrew F.; Kessler, David (February 1991). "Optical Scanning System for a CCD Telecine for HDTV". SPIE Proc. 1448: 191–205.
- DFT Scanity Page
- idsa.org, Pandora International
- Pogle picture
- hawtreecreek.com Spirit operations book
- journal.smpte.org New products, FDL60, page 528, July 1979
- grassvalley.com Grassvalley, 50 years on the air, see 1979
- Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers, FDL 60 — An Advanced Film Scanning System, by Dieter Poetsch, SMPTE Journal, Mar. 1984, pp. 216-227
- Google Patents, System for scanning of motion picture films to derive television signals, by Volker Massmann
- History of Telecines Archived 2009-08-25 at the Wayback Machine
- Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers A Continuous-Motion Color Film Telecine Using CCD Line Sensors, by Dieter Poetsch, December 1, 1978 vol. 87
- reocities.com FDL 60 home page
- FDL 60 web site
- FDL 60-Progress in Film Scanning Using CCD Sensors and Digital Processing", D. Poetsch et al., `International Broadcast Engineer`, Jan. 1981, pp. 47–49.
- Google patents, Method of concealing scratch errors in a video signal derived from a film, by Volker Massmann
- colorist.org A review of Philips FLH-1000 and Spirit DataCine by John Dowdell
- Dieter Poetsch, "A Digital CCD Telecine for HDTV", presented at the International TV Symposium in Montreux, Switzerland, June. 1989.
- digitalcontentproducer.com A Brief History of Film-to-Tape: With DTV and HDTV-What's Next? (Part I), Feb 1, 1998 by D.W. Leitner
- digitalcontentproducer.com A Brief History of Film-to-Tape: With DTV and HDTV-What's Next? (Part I), Feb 1, 1998 12:00 PM, D.W. Leitner, NewBay Media, LLC.
- A brief history of scanning and recording by C Glenn Kennel, director of technology for Cinesite’s Film Scanning and Recording and Digital Mastering divisions.
- theasc.com, © 2003 American Cinematographer, DI by Debra Kaufman
- American Cinematographer A flex Finish
- kodak.com "Restoration of an impeccably preserved old negative"
- cinematography.net D6 Test
- DFT Shadow
- filmmaker.com THOMSON SHADOW HD TELECINE ROOM
- Film Maker.com, THOMSON SPIRIT DATACINE, Fri, 05/04/2007
- DFT Spirit 2k
- Grassvalley Home Page
- DFT SDC-4k
- DFT Bones Dailies Page
- postproductionbuyersguide.com, BONES Dailies - Your Throughput Supercharged, February, 2009
- DFT Bones Transfer and Mover
- Bones specs
- postproductionbuyersguide.com on Flexxity, October 5, 2011
- itbusinessnet.com DFT Flexxity Archive, DFT Digital Film Technology Supports LATAM Market with Demonstrations of FLEXXITY Software at CAPER 2011 ,October 05, 2011
- DFT Scanity Archived 2009-06-18 at the Wayback Machine
- DFT Products
- DFT's SCANITY Audio Option Datasheet
- Cinelicious Scanity Press release
- Below the Line News Magazine, Scanity, April 26, 2011
- Below the Line News Magazine, Scanity in Korea, October 12, 2010
- content-technology.com Spice Shop Thailand SCANITY, Dec 14, 2011
- Scanity and Sprit Datacine in a control room Archived 2010-12-06 at the Wayback Machine
- Shoot online, SHOOT Publicity Wire, OMNIMAGO Invests in SCANITY for New Production and Archive Scanning Projects, March 22, 2011
- finance.yahoo.com, Industry-Pioneering Dot Hill Ultra48 Storage Array Now Integrated With DFT Scanity for High-Performance 4K Video Applications, Industry's-First AssuredSAN Ultra48 Provides Multiple Hours of 4K Content and Addresses Demanding Performance Requirements of Lightning-Fast Scanity HDR Scanner Dot Hill Systems Corporation, August 6, 2014
- Scanity Facebook page
- PF Clean
- kodak.com Digital ICE
- DFT Scainty HDR
- studiodaily.com DFT to Launch Scanity HDR at NAB Film Scanner Will Include Real-Time 2K Triple-Exposure to Increase Dynamic Range
- DFT successfully launches new Wet-gate technology for Scanity HDR Scanner, 12 May, 2015
- theiabm.org, DFT LAUNCHES NEW WETGATE TECHNOLOGY FOR ITS LATEST SCANITY HDR SCANNER, 11 March 2015
- dft-film.com, Scanity Wet Gating, Creating superb digital clones from damaged and scratched film materials, digital film technology, white paper
- The Broadcast Bridge, DFT Returns to NAB Show with Patented WetGate, April 6,2016
- dft-film.com,16 Plus, Supporting small film format gauges digital film technology, a white paper
- DFT Phantom 2
- bksts.com, on Phantom 2 and Scanity HDR
- Sondor products
- Digital Film Technology, Press release, December 9, 2016
- DFT, Sondor sound system for the Scanity
- highbeam.com 1996 Monitor Award
- 1998 American Cinematographer, Primetime Emmy Engineering Awards Philips Digital Video Systems, Eastman Kodak's Spirit DataCine, Awarded to Michael Broesamle, Uwe Braehler, Volker Massmann and Wolfgang Steinebach of Philips Digital Video Systems and Arthur J. Cosgrove, Andrew F. Kurtz, Roger T. Lees and Leslie G. Moore of Eastman Kodak for the design and manufacture of the industry-standard high-definition digital telecine.
- dft-film.com Sept. 7, 2009 press release
- oscars.org 02/20/2010 The Scientific & Technical Awards Presentation
- cinemalogue.com AMPAS Announces Scientific and Technical Awards, January 7, 2010