Filmic FI-16™

A new way to “feel” your film

Inspecting film with a synchronizer is slow, complex and imprecise.

Inspecting film with FI-16 is fast, easy and accurate.

Know your collection like never before.

Scanning isn’t only about preservation, it’s about access. That’s why the Filmic FI-16 creates viewable workprints instantly while also using computer vision technology to “see” your film’s damage.

With FI-16 you can: 

  • Monitor the condition of circulating collections.
  • Inspect new acquisitions.
  • Generate digital film copies.
  • Prioritize preservation activities.
  • Prepare for digital transfers.
  • Create online proxies and delivery formats.
  • Insure the collections’ integrity for long term storage and archive.

View a Workprint Created By FI-16


API Integration

FI-16 integrates to your current asset management system using a flexible open standard API. The robust metadata schema, based on pbCore, allows you to store only the information important to you, and integrates seamlessly with existing workflow tools.

Custom Metrics & Parameters

All parameters within FI-16 are user-customizable. For instance, you can set maximum allowable shrinkage values appropriate for your scanning hardware instantly and create a scanning queue based on your own system’s tolerances.

Flexible Storage & Server Options

FI-16 has its own internal computer so you can add your favorite monitor, keyboard, mouse, and barcode scanner. FI-16's internal computer runs Ubuntu-Linux and employs open source tools and utilities.



A list of our most commonly asked questions regarding FI-16. Don’t see what you are looking for here? Contact us below.

Does FI-16 only analyze 16mm film?

Currently, FI-16 only analyzes 16mm film. However we are working on creating the FI-8, a separate device that can analyze 8mm & S8mm film and play back magnetic sound.

What will I need to use a FI-16 machine?

To keep FI-16 affordable we ask you to supply a few common inexpensive peripherals. They are:

  • A screen. Anything with an HDMI input, but we recommend one with speakers so you can hear the optical sound while you’re inspecting the film. An old TV works great. If you are using a computer monitor instead, to hear the sound you may want to consider purchasing one of the following products:

HDMI to HDMI audio extractor converter box

HDMI to VGA  Adapter with 3.5mm Audio Port

  • A USB keyboard and mouse.
  • A USB thumb drive so you can carry away your video work prints.
  • FI-16 comes with an Ethernet cable. It’s a good one, it locks securely because you may be copying files out of the FI-16 when you’re not around. It’s 7 ft long so if you want a longer cable, you can use any good RJ45 Ethernet cable of your desired length.
  • A barcode scanner if you have one. It’s not required but it’ll come in handy if your films and/or cans have barcodes on them.
  • Fi-16’s camera is calibrated and focused in the factory but if you think you need to calibrate it again someday, we’ll mail you a calibration film and help you use it by remote video conference.
How hard is it to operate FI-16

Operating FI-16 is extremely easy. The user simply has to thread the film through four rollers, select the inspection speed and fill out inspection details onscreen. From there, the user can move on to another task until the inspection is complete.

Don’t believe us? Our two machine operators with the company have no experience with film. We purposefully did this to see how easy it was to operate FI-16 and to find ways to make it even easier to use!

How long does it take to transfer workprints to a NAS?

Transfer time will vary depending on the length of the film, the way you are connected to your NAS, and the bandwith speed. Below we have an example of what we have experienced (please note these are not guaranteed):

Connection to NAS through wifi*: 10 – 20MB/s | 1200ft inspection (720000MB) takes 20 – 24 hours

Note: Transferring smaller inspections usually use the upper end of the bandwidth while larger inspections vary over time but stay mostly consistent in the middle.

Connection to NAS through gigabit switch*: 60 – 80MB/s (top speed of NAS) | 1200ft inspection (720000MB) takes 3-4 hours

*Notes: When transferring the same folder to the NAS over gigabit connection, we found once it took 3 hours 20 minutes and another time it took 4 hours and 3 minutes. Actual file size of inspection used was 796GB (1,326ft). Wifi benchmark is for comparison only. FI-16 doesn’t have a Wifi antenna. However wifi benchmark is also the benchmark used for connecting to the NAS indirectly (not through a switch).