film scanner



  • high-resolution real-time film scanner
    possible resolutions are: sd, hd, 2k, ultrahd, 4k in 12bit
    higher resolutions on request.
  • 8mm, 9,5mm, 16mm, s16, 35mm and s35 (2, 3 and 4 perf)
    other formats on request
  • suitable for negative, reverse, intermediate or nitrate film stock
  • continuously capstan transport (no sprocket)
  • capable to handle film shrinkage up to 5%
  • high-precise laser perforation reader for excellent picture steadiness
    the region of interest here can be adjusted to either evaluate the top or the bottom edge of the perforation and thus it makes software based picture stabilization obsolete.
  • high-power rgbw led light source
    adjustable cold light source suitable for nitrate film stock
  • supports up to 600m reels
  • big guide rollers
    all guide rollers have large diameter for reduced stress on brittle or damaged film or splices. some of them can be easily replaced with PTR cleaning rollers
  • 35mm stereo and 16mm optical audio heads (com-opt)
  • 16mm and super8 magnetic audio heads (com-mag)

clever and rock-solid design

machina is our answer to a market that is filled with over-engineered and high-priced
scanning solutions for film. machina has a minimalistic and long-lasting construction without
design-faux pas just to overcome problems that wouldn’t even exist if you do it right in the
first place. it is like with mother nature, everything is put in a nutshell - just that simple.



  • highly intuitive user interface
    having only 3 windows for parameters, measuring instruments and preview makes the software very easy to use and keeps the number of menus at the absolute minimum but still provides direct access to the parameters needed.
  • transport control incl. load, stop, play, shuttle etc
  • adjustable counter for frames or time code
  • real-time rgb parade, waveform, histogram and audio level meter
  • edl import
  • programmable cue points and batch list
    apply different scan settings to scenes (best-light-scanning)
  • primary colour correction (level, black, gamma, gain)
  • meta data import and export incl. notes
    the system collects different types of meta data while scanning such as scanning speed, resolution, zoom, focus, colour settings and so forth.
    these data will be stored in a xml file and can be re-imported to repeat scans with the exact settings at any point in time. In addition, notes or content descriptions can be added to any cue point for automatic tagging, done by a media asset management system.
  • scan log files
    log files contain information such as shrinkage, missing perforation, bad splices etc. all of them are connected to frames or time code and can be read from a media asset management (mam) without hassle.
  • user settings
    all parameters can be stored in user presets for one-click total recall.
  • motorized zoom, focus and sizing
  • 12bit raw workflow
    scanning in raw files is the most preferred workflow in many of the film digitization tasks as it allows to re-create the images at any time later and with more sophisticated algorithm once they get available. and as a sideline, raw files need much less space on disk than other common formats like dpx or tiff.

just with one click

machina’s software is as intuitive and effective as the hardware it is controlling.
no cascading menus, no tabs - everything you need is at your fingertips
to make your next scan a success.

raw - workflow

although machina can scan in common file formats, such as tiff etc, we always suggest the raw file format,
not only because it contains all information the sensor had captured, but also because it allows you to
use your own optimized image processing and codec engine such as digital vision's high-end
color grading or restoration solutions "nucoda" and "phoenix" or any other similar
application of your choice to get the maximum out of the footage to scan.
...and btw, it just takes a third of the size of a rgb file format on disk!