Our Story

“If a picture is worth a thousand words, a video is worth a million.”

At Cinequal, we believe this statement rings true. Film gives us a glimpse of the past, it allows us to hold onto memories that would otherwise be lost to time. That is why we work tirelessly to develop products that enable our customers to preserve film expeditiously through creating modernized, efficient film inspection systems.

At the 2017 Association of Moving Image Archivists Conference, we showed the concept of our film inspector and showed a 35mm prototype at the conference in 2018. With the help of Chairman Jim Lindner and President Josef Marc we brought the debut product, FI-16 (which we called Scout 16 at the time), to AMIA 2019 as a low-cost, easy-to-use scanner that makes digital workprints promptly while also analyzing damage.

We may have created an efficient, innovative 16mm film scanner unmatched in the market, but our story does not end there. We plan on continuing to find ways to improve upon film digitization and archive automation. We are passionate about what we do, and we look forward to continuing to shape the way in which preservation projects are accomplished for years to come.

Want to know more? Listen to our chairman Jim Lindner discuss how he used robotic systems to automate the digitization of video tapes with SAMMA in the video below or view the powerpoint presentation, “Using Computer Vision Technology to Accurately and Objectively Determine Motion Picture Film Condition” that he used for his speech at the 2019 Joint Technical Symposium.

Also, you can read what 2018 Silverlight Award winner and Cinequal consultant Ken Weissman had to say about Scout 16 in his white paper, “Beyond A/D strips and Vinegar Syndrome: Detecting film defects before they become a critical issue.

Oh and by the way, we are always happy to talk, whether you have questions or would just love to discuss what we are doing! You can always email us at info@cinequal.com or call us at (347) 442-7939.

—The Cinequal Team