New ARRISCAN archive tools

Increasingly, the benefits of digitizing film material are being realized by archives that hold rare, valuable film collections spanning the last 115 years. The ARRISCAN has unlocked incredible opportunities to preserve our cinematic heritage by restoring and archiving these treasures for future generations. 

While the standard ARRISCAN, with its cold LED illumination and gentle, variable film transport, is able to cope with much archive material, damaged film and unusual formats are common challenges for archive scanning. With an aperture that is wider and taller than a standard 35 mm frame, the new, pinless ARRI Archive Gate has enough headroom to allow frames to be stabilized after scanning. Severely damaged film can be scanned with ease, as can non-standard film formats and frame sizes.

ARRISCAN archive developments

Product Manager David Bermbach presents a series of ARRISCAN film scanner accessories and tools that have been designed specifically for the rapidly expanding archive and restoration market. Designed in collaboration with leading industry experts, these tools allow even the oldest, most fragile and damaged film materials to be digitized and preserved.

The ARRI Sprocketless Film Transport enables the ARRISCAN to digitize the oldest, most vulnerable and even unperforated film materials with staggering quality and stability – a feat that no other machine can match. Though it can be used with many rare and delicate film formats, this specialist option was designed especially for Lumière perforated material. Many international archives hold such material, so the Sprocketless Film Transport will bring new life to a wealth of century-old films. This modular system can be installed on any ARRISCAN, with the switch from normal to sprocketless transport taking less than a minute.

ARRISCAN Archive Tools >>

  • 6K
  • LED
  • Double flash
  • Wetgates
  • Archive gate
  • Sprocketless transport
  • Archive transport modes

Unlike other wet gates, the 16 mm and 35 mm ARRI Wet Gates utilize a unique system that minimizes contact with the film and therefore avoids the risk of scratching irreplaceable materials. The ARRI system deals with imperfections by gently cleaning away dust and filling scratches with a liquid that has the same refraction index as the film, while being less toxic than the industry standard Tetrachlorethylene.