Feb. 1, 2016 (Beltsville, MD)
Darren Walde joins District Photo as Systems Engineering Manager
After over 13 years in the film scanning system manufacturing business, Darren Walde closes the doors of Walde, Inc. and joins District Photo, Inc., the very company who purchased the first Walde scanner back in early 2002. Darren will continue to support the existing Walde FilmStar systems in the field while he endeavors to bring improved and new products to District Photo and its customers in the future.
Dec. 30, 2014 (San Diego, CA)
After ~6 months of successful production at a prominent and well known archive holdings facility in Hollywood, Walde is now looking to liquidate or re-lease the complete FilmStar UHD scanning system. The scanner successfully transferred both 16mm and 35mm archives housed within the archive facility in Hollywood. Optical audio soundtrack was also simultaneously read by the FilmStar system and ultimately used to create movie output from integrated DPX frames and WAV audio using Final Cut Pro. If available and the customer is in SoCal, the inventory FilmStar 4K UHD system can also be leased at a low monthly rate. Contact Walde directly for more details on the FilmStar System Lease or Purchase options.
Mar. 31, 2014 (San Diego, CA)
Exits from Scanner Manufacturing Business - Now offering FilmStar Scanning Services & System Leasing
After 13 years in the film scanner manufacturing business, Walde has decided to move on from building film scanning systems and has launched their new FilmStar Scanning Services. If available, the inventory FilmStar 4K UHD system can also be leased at a monthly or weekly rate. Contact Walde directly for more details on the FilmStar Scanning Services and FilmStar System Lease options.
Mar. 7, 2013 (San Diego, CA)
Launches FilmStar UHD at NAB 2013, Executive Demo Suite #2169 in the LVH Hotel
Walde's FilmStar MoPic 44K has just been renamed, upgraded, and re-released as FilmStar UHD. "The UHD branding connects more with consumers and customers when it comes to understanding the resolution and quality capabilities of the FilmStar scanner", says Darren Walde, President of Walde, Inc. "HD home cinema has experienced rapid growth and success, and is now just evolving toward digital cinema's 4K UHD, offering up to 9x more information than HD. Walde's FilmStar UHD motion picture film scanner preserves the original 4K UHD resolution captured on the film, making it available for consumers and mainstream UHD distribution." Along with the new UHD branding of the scanner comes Real-time 25/30fps 2K scanning in addition to even faster 60/120fps scanning for 1K resolutions and below.
Aug. 31, 2012 (San Diego, CA)
With the FilmStar MoPic 44K in full production, the requirement for a larger space has enabled Walde to relocate to a new location just 12 miles from our original facility. "The offices in Clairemont Mesa, San Diego are perfect for the further development and production of new FilmStar motion picture film scanner products", says Darren Walde, President. Walde has already moved to their new office address - 8333 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., San Diego CA 92111 - although much of the sales and marketing correspondence will continue to operate out of the La Jolla address for a few weeks longer.
Mar. 31, 2012 (La Jolla, CA)
Walde has announced that their completed FilmStar MoPic 44K Motion Picture Film Scanner will be exhibited this NAB 2012. With careful attention to quality, details, and customer specifications, Walde delivers a dual resolution 4K/2K imaging system capable of scanning either 35mm or 16mm formats, all packaged into the single most compact and cost-effective unit on the market today. "Our precision film transport and archive quality imaging components are the strong points of the FilmStar system design", says Darren Walde, President, "while at the same time we offer an extremely fast scanner (4K @ 5.5fps - 2K @ 11fps) with a 3x more cost-effective price starting under $130K." FilmStar. Capture your world...Precisely.
Mar. 29, 2011 (La Jolla, CA)
Apr. 07, 2010 (La Jolla, CA)
Walde completes the new FilmStar MoPic 44K Motion Picture Film Scanner - Operational Unit at NAB 2010 in Las Vegas
Walde has announced that their newly completed FilmStar MoPic 44K Motion Picture Film Scanner will be on display this NAB 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada (Booth SL 7910). With this highly anticipated release of the FilmStar MoPic 44K, Walde now offers a full 4K/2K system capable of scanning either 35mm or 16mm, all packaged into the most compact and cost-effective unit on the market. "A precision film transport along with archive quality imaging components have been key factors in our design", says Darren Walde, President, "while at the same time we were able to deliver an extremely fast scanner (4K @ 6fps - 2K @ 12fps) with a 3x more cost-effective price starting under $130K". Walde plans further to offer an optical audio decoder as well as a hardware (4th channel IR scan) solution for dust / scratch removal that will be available Q3, 2010.
Apr. 15, 2009 (La Jolla, CA)
Walde nearing completion of MoPic 44K - BETA unit to Debut at NAB 2009 in Las Vegas
The completion of the Walde's new motion picture scanner product has been a challenging yet satisfying endeavor. Walde has targeted nothing but archival quality/professional specifications with this new product and has had minor delays in releasing the unit - choosing quality over time to market. A hybrid unit (based on the FilmStar 20K Pro unit/chassis) meeting the industry requirements for 2K (12fps) or 4K (3fps) scanning will be unveiled at NAB 2009 in Las Vegas (booth SL9108). With a projected MSRP of only $150,000, Walde will enter the motion picture datacine/scanner market with the most efficiently priced quality system available today. Beta testing of the FilmStar MoPic 44K is scheduled to begin September 1, 2009. Stay tuned for updates and availability of this our new FilmStar motion picture scanner product.
Feb 20, 2007 (La Jolla, CA)
Walde to demonstrate FilmStar 20K Pro at PMA & NAB in Las Vegas
Walde has announced that the FIlmStar 20K Pro will be on display at PMA 2007 in Las Vegas (booth M233). With continued phases of testing and development of a new motion picture product in process, Walde plans to also display their current 20K Pro 35mm still frame scanning unit at NAB 2007 in Las Vegas (booth SL12106). The FIlmStar 20K Pro system has been installed in over 10 locations and has proven to be a fast, reliable, high quality scanning solution worldwide. As still frame scanners are being phased out due to the onset and growth of digital imaging in the consumer industry, Walde continues to research and develop plans to release a quality, cost-effective motion picture film scanner within the next 2-3 years. Come see the FilmStar 20K Pro Film Scanner at PMA booth M233 and NAB booth SL12106!
July 15th, 2006 (La Jolla, CA)
Walde, Inc. install 3 more 20K Pro scanners - Announces FilmStar MoPic 44K
With the installation of 3 additional FilmStar 20K Pro scanning systems on the East Coast and Canada, Walde puts new efforts on the motion picture scanner project, code name FilmStar MoPic 44K. Initial testing and development of the MoPic 44K prove that the system will scan 2K resolution 8mm/16mm film at 24fps and 2K resolution 35mm film at 12 fps. 4K resolution 35mm will be offered later at a speed of 6 fps.
November 6th, 2005 (La Jolla, CA)
Walde, Inc. relocates to the West Coast
Walde, Inc. relocates its offices to La Jolla, CA. Walde will continue to sell 20K Pro scanning systems thoughout 2006 and 2007 but expects to have a new motion picture scanner available for purchase by late 2007 / early 2008.
July 28th, 2005 (Arlington, VA)
Walde, Inc. FilmStar 20K Pro in full production at Konica Minolta East Coast Labs
Walde, Inc. has just completed the build of 5 FilmStar 20K Pro scanning systems, three of which were targeted for Konica Minolta labs on the East Coast. Full system production is in effect in both Scarborough, Maine as well as Mt. Laurel, New Jersey. Walde expects to place the remaining 2 systems before year-end resulting in a record setting year of scanners sales (close to 10) for the small, but growing Arlington Based Company. Walde is planning to invest this capitol into making the changes necessary to the 20K Pro scanner (hardware and software) such that the system can be offered to the motion picture industry before close of year, 2005.
January 10th, 2005 (Arlington, VA)
Walde, Inc. FilmStar 20K Pro in full production at two central labs on the East Cost.
Walde, Inc. is happy to announce that the FilmStar 20K Pro system is in full production scanning at a record setting speed of over 27,000 frames/hour. Walde believes this to be the FASTEST 4BASE FILM SCANNER IN THE WORLD at this point in time. Current 16Base speed is running at 14,000 frames/hour and is expected to reach 18,000 frames/hour by PMA, 2005. The completion of the VariLineScan (patent pending) software was critical in enabling the extremely fast scan speed of the 20K Pro system. Walde plans to demonstrate the 20K Pro system at PMA, 2005 with a sales emphasis on providing the lowest cost/roll film conversion equipment for the wholesale photofinishing market. As the consumer industry slowly weens away from analog film, Walde welcomes the challenge of offering a low-cost, high-quality system capable of scanning all roll volume in the central lab environments. Walde is also looking forward to offering the FilmStar 20K Pro system to the motion picture industry, an industry where the need for high speed, high quality film scanning is on the rise. The MSRP of the complete FilmStar 20K Pro system is about $150,000 depending on options. Walde is also offering slightly used FilmStar 15K systems for an unbelievably low and attractive price (contact Walde for details). The slower, yet still high quality 15K systems can scan up to 8Base resolution at about 11,000 frames/hour.
August 9, 2004 (Arlington, VA)
Walde, Inc. FilmStar 20K Pro in full field testing at a wholesale lab in the Washington D.C. area.
The President of Walde, Inc., Darren Walde, states that Walde expects to get the 20K Pro into full production by the end of August. Minor delays in deployment of the field testing occurred due to difficulties in the completion of the software associated with the new VariLineScan Technology (patent pending) in the 20K Pro. With respect to the new hardware, Source Two (Bondsville, MA) has provided Walde with dedicated and invaluable mechanical, electrical, manufacturing, and production expertise - making the FilmStar 20K Pro a reliable and solid piece of film conversion equipment.
March 10, 2004 (Arlington, VA)
Walde, Inc. FilmStar 20K Pro system ready for field testing
Walde will install the first two 20K Pro systems in two wholesale labs on the East Coast of the United States. The first wholesale lab trial will begin in July while the second wholesale lab trial is expected to occur in October. Walde states that there is a possibility of an additional trial at a professional lab trial which would consist of scanning both 35mm and 70mm film formats.
Feb. 11, 2004 (Arlington, VA)
Walde, Inc. files Patent on the new VariLineScan Technology in the FilmStar 20K Pro scanner
Walde states that with VariLineScan Technology (patent pending), the film is transported smoothly at a constant velocity by the use of an innovative "drum gate" while exposure times are varied during the passing of the frame gap - allowing the 12-bit camera to always capture a good 12 bits of data - even for very under exposed or very over exposed negatives.
Feb. 6, 2004 (Arlington, VA)
Walde, Inc. to work with Source Two to complete the FilmStar Auto-Splicer De-Splicer (ASDS)
Walde continues to work with Source Two, Inc. in order to build the ASDS which will enable continuous batch scanning without "down" time between batches. Two batches are loaded at once and when the first batch is complete, the second batch is Auto-Spliced to the first batch. When batches are completed, they are automatically De-Spliced back into two separate batches. The ASDS will be demonstrated at PMA 2004 and will be available by the end of Q2, 2004.
Feb. 3, 2004 (Bondsville, MA)
Walde, Inc. announces the completion of the FilmStar 20K Pro Film Scanner for consumer, professional, and movie film
The first unit has been completed by the Walde team with additional help in engineering and film handling expertise from Source Two, Inc. The FilmStar 20K Pro will scan 16Base resolution at 18,000 F/H and 4Base resolution at 30,000 F/H and will be on display at PMA 2004 in Walde's booth #M70B. Units will be available early Q2, 2004.
Dec. 1, 2003 (Arlington, VA)
Walde Inc. to work with Source Two to complete FilmStar 20K Pro film scanner
Walde, Inc. selects Source Two, Inc. to provide mechanical engineering and film handling expertise in order to assist in the rapid completion of the the FilmStar 20K Pro film scanner.
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