|| Is DIGITAL ICE Technology
a software application?
|| DIGITAL ICE Technology
is a combination of hardware and software. A scanner manufacturer must
implement DIGITAL ICE Technology at the time of manufacture.
|| How does DIGITAL ICE
|| Hardware is added to a
scanner to enable a unique "defect" or "D" channel to automatically
collect defect information during the scan. Once the surface defect
information is collected through the "D" channel, the DIGITAL ICE
Technology software eliminates the "defect data" without altering the
|| Can Black & White
film be used with DIGITAL ICE Technology?
|| Black & White
chromogenic film (C41 process) can be used on DIGITAL ICE Technology
enabled scanners (for example Kodak Advantix 400, Illford XP2 Super,
Konica Monochrome VX400, Kodak Select B&W+400 and Kodak T400 CN).
When scanning chromogenic films for DIGITAL ICE Technology
implementation, the film must be scanned as a color image. After
DIGITAL ICE Technology processing, the color image may be converted to
Black & White using an image editor. Traditional silver-halide
Black & White film cannot be used with DIGITAL ICE Technology.
|| Can I get DIGITAL ICE
Technology for the scanner that I own?
|| No. DIGITAL ICE
Technology is only available through scanner manufacturers.
|| Are there other software
solutions that remove dust and scratches?
|| Yes, however no other
solution eliminates defects automatically without altering the
underlying image. Some of the most popular "software only" solutions
are not automatic and are time and labor intensive.
|| Which scanners are
available with DIGITAL ICE Technology?
- Benq?s ScanWit 2740S
- Minolta?s Dimâge? Scan Elite, Multi, and the Elite
- Nikon?s Coolscan® V ED, Super Coolscan® 5000 ED and
Super Coolscan® 9000 ED incorporate DIGITAL ICE Technology as a
component of the DIGITAL ICE4
- Nikon?s Coolscan® III and Super Coolscan® 2000
- Nikon?s Coolscan® IV ED, Super Coolscan® 4000 ED and
Super Coolscan® 8000 ED incorporate DIGITAL ICE Technology as a
component of the DIGITAL ICE3 Technology suite
- Durst?s Sigma professional film scanner
- Kodak's HR 500
- Pakon F235
- PIE's PF3650 and PF3650 Pro with DIGITAL ICE3
- Umax Powerlook 270
|| Besides purchasing a
DIGITAL ICE Technology enabled scanner, is there another way to obtain
DIGITAL ICE Technology implementation on my negatives or slides?
Yes. DIGITAL ICE Technology is also
available in scanners that are exclusively integrated into Digital
Minilabs. Ask your photofinisher if their Digital Minilab has DIGITAL
Currently, DIGITAL ICE Technology is a
component of the following Digital Minilabs:
Noritsu?s QSS-2711, QSS-2721,
QSS-2801, QSS-2802, QSS-3001 and QSS-2901
Gretag?s Master Flex D 1008
Kodak 1640, 1640 Pro
|| Does DIGITAL ICE
Technology support Kodachrome film?
|| In general, DIGITAL ICE
Technology works with Kodachrome film. However KADC?s experience
indicates that some Kodachrome images suffer a loss of image detail as
a result of DIGITAL ICE Technology image processing. Any loss of detail
will depend upon the particular Kodachrome film, exposure level, and
image content. Kodachrome slide film uses a unique dye that responds
differently from other slide films. Due to the nature of the dye and
the Kodachrome film development process, DIGITAL ICE Technology can
misinterpret certain image detail as a defect. An example of a general
group of images that can be affected is underwater images due to the
lack of content in the red channel. Similar images in which the green
and blue channels overshadow the red data may present a problem.
|| When will additional
scanners be available with DIGITAL ICE Technology?
|| We continue to work with
existing and new scanner manufacturing partners to increase the
availability of DIGITAL ICE Technology. Periodically check our Web site
for availability updates.
|| Why does DIGITAL ICE
Technology performance vary on different Manufacturer's scanners?
|| Each manufacturer
determines the particular tuning of DIGITAL ICE Technology based on the
scanner hardware capability and their image quality goals. Some
manufacturers prefer to be less aggressive and fix large defects
without degrading the original image, while others take a more
aggressive route to fix as many defects as possible.