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Blackmagic Cintel Scanner G3 HDR+


The Cintel Scanner is a complete solution to realtime film scanning and grading that features precision mechanical film handling components, optics, a high intensity diffuse light source and a built in camera. The precision capstans handle film more gently than ever before.

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Cintel Scanner

The creativity of film combined with a revolution in design!

For decades, Cintel has been the leader in film scanning technology. Now the new Cintel Scanner G3 HDR+ advances the art of film scanning even further! The new Cintel Scanner G3 HDR+ features a completely redesigned light source that allows real time HDR film scanning in Ultra HD. The new model also retains the great features of the Cintel Scanners, such as digital servos, gentle capstan drives, advanced color science, 35mm and 16mm film support and an elegant architectural design that can even be wall mounted! The Cintel Scanner is perfect for unlocking vast archive film libraries for conversion into new Ultra HD masters so they can be uploaded for streaming and online distribution!

Convert Existing Film to Ultra HD

With large Ultra HD televisions common in consumers homes now, the demand for Ultra HD content has never been greater. Studios have generated millions of hours of film over the last 100 years, however it’s stored in film vaults around the world. All of that 35mm film is 4K resolution, so converting older film libraries is a fast and inexpensive way to deliver Ultra HD content to consumers! The Cintel Scanner will scan negative and positive 35mm film into amazing quality Ultra HD, unlocking the extra resolution from 35mm film that no one has been able to see until now! There is no easier way to generate Ultra HD feature films and television programming!

Advanced Light Source

The new Cintel Scanner G3 HDR+ features a completely new high intensity light source and advanced color science for incredibly sharp, high quality images from scanned film even when running at real time speed. The RGB LED grid array illumination source is designed to work with an extremely sensitive imaging sensor and ensures your priceless film is never exposed to unnecessary thermal stress and color fading effects of traditional scanner lamps. Plus, the new light source also provides an additional 3.5 stops of HDR! There’s even a new film inspection mode that allows you to see how the original film actually looks compared to the stunningly beautiful scans the new light source produces.

Create Stunning HDR Images

35mm film has extremely high dynamic range and a native resolution of 4K. Cintel Scanner features a 35mm skid plate, with optional 16mm gate purchased separately, for HDR scanning so you can create high dynamic range digital masters with better color, more texture and more detail than ever before! This makes it possible to meet the growing demand for 4K HDR content on streaming services such as Netflix, AppleTV, HULU and others. Cintel Scanner is designed to work with DaVinci Resolve Studio, which is included. In addition to advanced color correction, DaVinci Resolve Studio also features Revival tools for automatic dirt removal, dust busting, deflickering, spot patch repair with smart fill technology, and advanced temporal and spatial noise reduction. Cintel Scanner with DaVinci Resolve Studio gives you everything you need to scan, color correct, restore and master your film library for high dynamic range Ultra HD distribution!

Innovative Design

Designed to hang beautifully on your wall, the Cintel Scanner is constructed using aircraft design techniques for a stiff and vibration free main deck so you get smooth film handling. The core chassis is a super rigid structural space frame, which results in a dramatically lighter and more durable body than older simplistic heavy plate designs. This means the Cintel Scanner is light enough to be wall mounted in your facility, making it part of the environment of your color correction suite. Being super thin and wall mounted, it’s out of the way until you need to use it, and then it springs to life and performs! Whether you mount it on a wall or use it on the desktop, its innovative design includes sliding doors, built in cleaning rollers and new digital servos that gently handle your valuable negatives and keep your film clean.

Latest Technology

The Cintel Scanner is an innovation in technology. Film traditionally has been a mechanical technology and film products have suffered from poor quality electronics that required experienced engineers to keep them working. The Cintel Scanner has been designed with the latest Blackmagic Design image processing technology and feature a PCIe connection as well as Thunderbolt 3. This means you can connect it to your Mac, Windows or Linux computer and scan the film directly into your color correction system. That makes setup and use extremely fast plus eliminates slow file copying after scanning. You get easy to install software updates that can add new features in the future. It also means you can upgrade your computer whenever you need!

Realtime Scanning

The Cintel Scanner is the world’s first real time 4K film scanner to use Thunderbolt 3, making it super easy to set up and install. The diffuse high intensity light source means the Cintel Scanner runs at a smooth real time speed keeping film handling gentle and transfers super fast. The Thunderbolt 3 connection features a massive 40 Gb/s speed so you can transfer all this data direct into your computer without quality limitations. You can even change computers simply by unplugging the single Thunderbolt cable. In addition, there’s also an external PCIe interface for connecting to Windows and Linux based computers that don’t have Thunderbolt 3. With the Cintel Scanner, you get the high resolution of a film scanner with the real time use of a traditional telecine!

Audio and KeyKode Reader

The optional Audio and KeyKode Reader lets you capture high quality audio along with KeyKode information from the film. The reader features a magnetic audio head or deep red LED illumination with advanced optics, electro formed slits, and precision mechanical adjustments for azimuth, zenith and yaw to give you the best possible audio capture with incredible high frequency response. The reader also features a precision capstan and encoder that allows for automatic correction of wow and flutter, allowing you to accurately capture audio, even when the scanner speed changes! The KeyKode Reader provides you with unique identification numbers for each film frame so they can be easily correlated with the corresponding video timecode. Installation is easy and all you need to do is bolt the reader onto the front of the chassis and it will automatically be detected.

Maintenance Free Connections

The Cintel Scanner is easy to set up and configure thanks to its Thunderbolt 3 and PCIe interfaces. Simply connect the scanner to your Mac or Windows workstation, install DaVinci Resolve Studio, and start scanning! That means you don’t need a dedicated engineer to operate and support the scanner. The Cintel Scanner has been designed to give you the freedom to move it between machines or even plug into laptop computers so you can scan your film directly into the computer you’re going to use the content on. The HDMI output supports Ultra HD televisions for perfectly accurate focusing and film alignment using a local monitor. The Cintel Scanner also features a bi‑phase and timecode output connection to connect to external equipment such as audio followers and more! The HDMI output can even be converted into SDI video using Blackmagic Mini Converter HDMI to SDI 4K, perfect for connecting into your system for client monitoring!

Fast Easy Control

Using the Cintel Scanner is easy and intuitive. You get scanner control software that includes everything you need to transfer and capture films to Ultra HD or HD files. Scanned files can be opened with DaVinci Resolve for further color, restoration and mastering work. You can learn more about how to set up your Cintel Scanner by downloading the user guide here.

Includes DaVinci Resolve Studio

In the past when film was the main way to get high quality images for post production, Cintel telecine and DaVinci color correction was the standard combination used worldwide! These two wonderful brands are back together again because the Cintel Scanner includes a full copy of DaVinci Resolve Studio software! Now you get full color correction features included so you can take advantage of the Cintel Scanner’s amazing image quality. DaVinci Resolve Studio also includes OpenFX specifically designed for restoration work, including dust buster, automatic dirt removal and patch replacer. You will never be limited creatively by your equipment because you’ll have incredible film looks combined with the same powerful color correction toolset used by the world’s leading cinematographers!

Cintel Pedigree

Founded by John Logie Baird in 1927

Cintel has been providing high resolution film scanning tools to the film and television industries longer than any other company. Cintel is recognized as one of the world’s most trusted researchers, designers and manufacturers of motion picture film scanners. With over 85 years of experience, Cintel has developed and patented key technologies for the highest quality digital imaging of film for broadcast, post production, and digital intermediate workflows. Now combined with Blackmagic Design’s experience in cameras, image processing and DaVinci color correction, the Cintel Scanner is a perfect blend of film tradition, advanced reliable technology combined with elegant industrial design.

Complete Solution

The Cintel Scanner includes everything you need to scan and grade film with your computer

Cintel Scanners feature powerful built in Image Mill stabilization, a single 35mm HDR film gate (16mm purchased separately), two film spools, a set of four cleaning rollers, desk mount feet and DaVinci Resolve Studio software, which is used to operate the scanner. DaVinci Resolve also includes grain reduction, dust busting and dirt removal tools. The Blackmagic Design Cintel Scanner is a complete solution. There are no hidden installation fees, no software update fees, and no ongoing license fees. You may also transfer your scanner to another user absolutely free.

Scanner Features

Film Stocks

Print, Negative, Interpositive, Internegative.

Mono and Color.

Film Gauges

35mm (2, 3, 4 perforations),

Super 35mm (2, 3, 4 perforations).

16mm, Super 16mm

Native Resolution

4096 x 3072

Effective Resolutions

3840 x 2880 - Super 35

3390 x 2864 - Standard 35

3390 x 2465 - Anamorphic 35

1903 x 1143 - Super 16

1581 x 1154 - Standard 16

HDMI Formats

3840 x 2160 Ultra HD

1920 x 1080 HD

(auto selected to match monitor resolution)

Dynamic Range

Normal Scans: 12 stops

HDR Scans: up to 3.5 additional stops


Extraction from scanned image.

Transport Type

Rubber Capstan.

Dirt and Scratch Reduction

Diffuse light source. Cleaning rollers.

Mounting Options

Desk Mount. Wall Mount.

Transport Features

Continuous Motion

Run speed:

1 - 30 fps


1 - 100 fps (35mm)

1 - 200 fps (16mm)


5 - 30 fps/s

Film Shrinkage Tolerance

Up to 2% guaranteed, more may be possible if user care is taken.


2000 ft (35mm)


HDMI Video Output

1 x HDMI 1.4 10-bit 4:2:2 for preview purposes only.

Computer Interface

Thunderbolt™ 3 for capture of image and audio, software updates and supports USB-C charging with 15W at 5V.

PCI Express 4 lane generation 2.

Bi-phase/Timecode Output

XLR3 Bi-phase: 4.5 Volt DC coupled.

Timecode: 1.5 Volt DC coupled with support for 24, 25 and 30 fps.

Analog Audio Inputs

2 Channels of professional balanced analog audio with sample rate converter via XLR connectors with 10dBV levels.

AES/EBU Audio Input

1 Channel with sample rate converter on XLR connector.

Options Interface


Operating Systems

Cintel requires Desktop Video installed on the host computer to operate. Scanning can be controlled though DaVinci Resolve or through third party software using the Cintel SDK.

Operating Systems as per Desktop Video Read Me

Download Desktop Video here.

Download DaVinci Resolve here.

  • Mac 11.1 Big Sur,
  • Mac 12.0 Monterey or later
  • Windows 10, 64-bit
  • Windows 11
  • Linux


  • Cintel Scanner 16mm Gate HDR
  • Cintel Audio and KeyKode Reader
  • Cintel Scanner 35mm Gate HDR
  • Cintel Cleaning Roller Kit
  • Blackmagic PCI Express Cable Kit

Power Requirements

Voltage Range

100 - 240V AC.



Physical Specifications

Cintel Scanner G3 HDR+

Ideal Film Conditions

Operating Temperature

18 to 28°C (64.4º to 82.4º F).

Relative Humidity

Maximum 65% non-condensing.

What's Included

  • Cintel Scanner G3 HDR+
  • Desk Stand
  • 8 x 1mm Reel Spacers
  • Cintel Scanner 35mm Gate
  • DaVinci Resolve Studio activation key
  • Welcome wallet with QR code for software download


12 Month Limited Manufacturer's Warranty