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The Scanbox 4K - 9 months in... part II

by Chris Squires

Finding the right telecine machine can be a long process, getting it delivered can be even longer and so it was August 2009 that I took delivery of the “Memory HD” - see picture. A beautiful machine that took pride of place in my new purpose built studio. It took more than a year from deciding I wanted something better and actually having it in my hands. It’s interesting to note than during the lifetime of my Memory HD (2009 to 2020) it wasn’t until 2015 that the demand for HD output (1920 x 1080) started to outstrip that for standard definition (720 x 576). It was about 2018 that I was being asked for my first 2k transfers and of course I couldn’t oblige. At that point I wasn’t even sure what 2K entailed. I could see competitors, people who I knew to be using cameras and screens, offering 2K transfer that I knew would be poor because the process itself is flawed, a larger camera format will not make a difference to the inherently bad outcomes.

So the process started again in early 2019. This time taking 18 months from decision made to getting my hands of the telecine machine. I don’t think the pandemic helped! Of the three machines I had investigated I decided that the best machine, the one that suited my needs best was the Scanbox 4K. Able to produce images of 4k (4096 x 3000) and 2K (2048 x 1500). This again involved building a new studio out of my original 2002 studio that I abandoned when the Memory HD came.

Continued in part III

The Scanbox 4K - 9 months in... part II
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