Know your film collection like never before

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What is the CINEQUAL Scout 35i?

The CINEQUAL Scout 35i is a collection management tool that provides a complete, objective, and precise view of your film’s condition using a standardized language, and does it all at 24 frames per second.

The Scout 35i uses computer vision technology to capture film’s condition. The system measures every aspect of your film, determining shrinkage, stretch, perforation integrity, and structural issues frame by frame. The CINEQUAL Scout 35i is cost-effective, fast, accurate, and far surpasses the capabilities of legacy tools and workflows.

With the Scout 35i you can assess your holdings, identify issues, and determine the time and resources required to implement a restoration strategy—all with complete confidence. 


CINEQUAL Scout 35i uses computer vision technology to “see” your film’s damage


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What does the Scout 35i do?

The automated inspection process works by identifying key attributes within each frame, such as perforations, edges, frame lines, and any other repeating patterns. These attributes, or ‘landmarks’, are generated by calibrated optics, in real-time and in real world measurements. By comparing those values to published industry standards for a given film format, the severity and extent of any damage is recorded and instantly available as usable data. Motion picture film is based upon a library of well-defined ISO and SMPTE standards, which the CINEQUAL Scout 35i uses to analyze and detect defects.Tears, rips, breaks – virtually all film damage is accurately and instantly identified.

How does the Scout 35i do it?

The CINEQUAL Scout 35i is an integrated ecosystem built around two components—a film transport computer vision system and specialized software. The computer vision system captures film frame by frame, and the software processes the resulting images using custom-built algorithms. Computer vision, which is widely used in the manufacturing and quality control processes of most industries, relies on measurement. By monitoring and recognizing repeating, regular patterns, computer vision technology can  identify anomalies and analyze defects. Cinequal is state of the art, and has adapted this technology mange motion picture film, unlike any system that’s existed before.

 

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What attributes and defects does the system detect?

  • Shrinkage (horizontal and vertical)

  • Perforation Damage (tearing and stretching)

  • Bad Splices

  • Intra-reel perf type changes

  • Type of film stock

  • Kodak KEYKODE and Fujifilm MR. CODE Identification


 
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How can the Scout 35i help me?

The CINEQUAL Scout 35i is a faster, more precise, and cost-effective way to evaluate your film’s condition, allowing you to make informed choices about the preservation of your collection, whether it’s one frame or one million feet.

Unlike a film scanner, the CINEQUAL Scout 35i is an integrated hardware and software system that captures your film’s shrinkage, stretch, perforation integrity, and structural issues frame by frame, and in real time. This easy-to-use inspection process will help you prioritize preservation activities while saving both time and money, and has a wide variety of practical applications, such as inspecting new acquisitions, monitoring the condition of circulating collections, generating film copies, preparing for digital transfers, and creating online proxies and delivery formats, as well as insuring the collections’ integrity for long term storage and archive.

By using a continuous motion transport system, free of sprocket or capstan-driven movement, the CINEQUAL Scout 35i is designed with even your most fragile film in mind. This will allow you to determine which films are safe for immediate digitization, which areas require special care and handling, and even identify your best copy of a given work – all at 24 frames per second.

The CINEQUAL Scout 35i provides film inspectors, preservation/restoration teams, and curators with easy-to-understand metrics on anything from a single frame’s perforation damage, to the effects of vinegar syndrome according to film stock. These metrics also help you manage preservation projects; whether it’s for internal budgeting, statement of work estimates, or to substantiate grant proposal submissions, the CINEQUAL Scout 35i can give you the metadata you need.

Data with a Purpose

Film inspection is a time and labor intensive process, but it provides the best source of information about the integrity, condition and provenance of a given film. The CINEQUAL Scout 35i provides the hardware and software tools to capture your film collection’s metadata at the frame by frame level. The Scout 35i will identify shrinkage, stretch, perforation integrity, and other structural issues within the physical film, which provides a comprehensive view of the film’s condition using a standardized language and metrics. Without subjectivity and imprecision that are unavoidable in legacy systems, the CINEQUAL Scout 35i provides insight into your collection’s health, and greater assurance that your collection’s preservation is planned and prioritized in the most beneficial and cost-effective way.

Whether you're beginning to evaluate the best strategy to assess your archive, make repairs to known defects, or decide how best to safeguard your collection, the Scout 35i presents objective metrics to help make those decisions faster and with greater accuracy. With the CINEQUAL Scout 35i, your staff will able to present more accurate time and resource requirements, whether it’s for internal budgeting, statement of work proposals, bill-backs to other departments, or to substantiate grant proposal submissions.

Coupled with strong analytical capabilities and easy to understand charts, CINEQUAL gives you information, at the level of specificity and in the format you need it – allowing you to make data-driven decisions based on a single frame, a full reel, or even your entire collection.

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A integrated suite of software and hardware to manage your collection’s metadata, from one frame to one million feet.

 

Software

The CINEQUAL Scout 35i’s software is designed with film and your system in mind - not as a replacement for your existing cataloging and metadata system, but to extend its functionality and capabilities.

The Scout 35i’s software is a new source of information in your established system, contributing the metadata associated with the physical attributes of your film, and providing extensive detailed sets of metadata fields to identify, describe, annotate and catalog film-based media.

The CINEQUAL Scout 35i extends the capabilities of your current cataloging and metadata system with a software suite of film-specific analysis, reporting, and storage functions. The Scout 35i’s software makes use of your existing system, while adding condition tracking, physical metadata management, and inspection workflow tools – the CINEQUAL Scout 35i takes your existing system from good to great.

Hardware

The CINEQUAL Scout 35i’s hardware component a low-cost film transport system, which is the “eyes” of the system. The Scout 35i is not a film scanner – it is a computerized inspection bench where each frame is captured and analyzed in near-real time by the machine vision camera.

By using a continuous motion transport system, free of sprocket or capstan-driven movement, the CINEQUAL Scout 35i is designed to work with film in a wide range of conditions. With adjustable speed and winding tension, the transport system is developed with even your most fragile film in mind.

The combined capabilities of the CINEQUAL Scout 35i software and transport system offer a complete solution that integrates with your current cataloging system and workflow tools. The Scout 35i is designed to make the process of physical film inspection simpler to deploy, more efficient and result in greater accuracy. The CINEQUAL Scout 35i allows your team to determine the time and resources required to implement a restoration strategy – all with complete confidence. 

 

Software Details

Customizable Metrics & Parameters

All parameters within the CINEQUAL Scout 35i are user-customizable. For example, you can set maximum allowable shrinkage values appropriate for your scanning hardware, instantly and automatically creating a scanning queue based on your own system’s tolerances, cutting out the work of manually inspecting and determining which films can be scanned without any repair. These parameters can be linked to specific film stocks, brands, the color process, emulsion base, binder - all the factors needed for more efficient and knowledgeable care of your film holdings, today and in the future.

Flexible Storage & Server Options

The CINEQUAL Scout 35i has minimal server requirements. Depending on the size of the collection, or the specific project, it is supported by most commercial desktop computers and servers. The management software runs on macOS, Windows, and Linux, allowing you to work in your standard environment and interface with the other tools and applications in your facility. The amount of storage required is directly proportional to the number of reels you are examining, the format(s) you are using to generate and store the metadata, and if you choose to use retain the film’s raw images. In other words, The Scout 35i only stores what you choose to save, and is entirely flexible based on user-needs and resources.

Integration with Amazon Web Services for storage is built in, offering low cost primary and redundant storage with user-customizable access and file retention policies. This is ideal for implementing an OpEx procurement model and suitable for time-bound projects, grants and film analysis projects, associated with university programs or other institutions.

API integration

The CINEQUAL Scout 35i integrates with any cataloging and content management systems by using a flexible open standard API. The robust metadata schema, based on PBCore, allows you to store all the image metadata, export select information required for a specific task, and integrate it seamlessly with your existing workflow tools. The support of XML, JSON, and METS connectors to the tool lets you continue using your existing system, while adding a wide range of tools specific to film-based collections.