Scanner Recorder

When a piece of film comes in, after it's been logged, it somehow needs to be translated to a digital medium so it can be manipulated. That's the job of the scanner/recorder.

Working in a clean room, that is to say one where you have to wear lab coats and walk across a sticky mat to make sure you don't track any dirt inside, you take the negative and scan it into the computer. This is done frame by frame at an incredibly high resolution so the computer can capture every nuance of light and color recorded by the director of photography.

Once the frames are scanned, they are coded by shot number in the computer, where anyone who needs to find them, can. Remember, for a ten-second scene, that can mean as many as 240 frames.

Then the magic happens.

Once the animators and compositors have had their way with the frame, it needs to come back out of the computer so we can see it at our local multiplex.

Again, the scanner/recorder steps up, this time wearing the recorder part of the hat. He or she takes the completed frame and, using a specialized camera, shoots it onto a single frame of film. When each sequence is done, it is sent to the lab and then to the director for approval.

Then the process starts over with the next shot (unless, of course, reshoots are needed).

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