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For Immediate Release

Contact: John Constantine
(909) 481 4648

Media Contact: Sharon Adcock

CELCO Introduces the Firestorm

New digital film recorder features more power, more speed, low cost

April 5, 2003 , NAB, Booth C387…CELCO (, Rancho Cucamonga , CA , the leader in digital film recording systems, today introduced the newest digital film recorder in its product line, the Firestorm.

The Firestorm is a low cost, high-speed film recorder that utilizes CELCO’s new XCRT Advanced Imaging Technology, resulting in unsurpassed image quality. The new system is a continuation of CELCO’s advancement of their proven, award-winning electron beam control technology for transferring digital images to motion picture film.

The Firestorm will output a high-resolution frame of film in 2.5 seconds, almost 40% faster than other film recorders in this range and two times faster than earlier generation film recorders.

The Firestorm’s 2.5 second per frame speed includes high definition images onto Kodak 5245 camera negative stock. The system is also capable of imaging to intermediate stock and high-speed output of any resolution up to 4K or higher for larger format purposes such as 65mm. It takes only 15 seconds per frame to output a 4K 15-perf IMAX frame onto Kodak 5245 low ASA camera negative stock. The Firestorm can output any type of film stock, including color and black and white intermediate and camera negative stocks. In addition, the new system can also output to multiple film formats including 16mm, 35mm, and 65mm 5, 8, 10, and 15-perf (IMAX format).

John Constantine, Director of Marketing, states, “There are many facilities worldwide that require both speed and quality yet don’t have the budget for our FURY film recorder and don’t want to compromise with film recorders of lesser quality and performance manufactured by other companies. The Firestorm is the perfect solution for their film recording needs. Nothing but the FURY can beat the price performance of the new Firestorm recorder.”

He continues, “CELCO has been providing digital film recording technology to this market for many years, and we’re continually advancing the technology to meet the rigorous demands required by post-production facilities around the globe. We’re experts in this field, not newcomers, and we provide unparalleled support and service, which is why facilities continually invest in CELCO digital recorders to meet their imaging needs.”

About CELCO:

CELCO was founded in 1950 by John M. Constantine Sr. as an engineering laboratory dedicated to high resolution display technology. CELCO’s innovations in the field of electron beam control soon made the company a leading producer of electron optics including deflection yokes and focus coils used in high resolution display systems. Its display components have been used for an abundance of military and civilian applications in everything from fighter jets, flight simulators, medical imaging systems, electron beam welders, to the space shuttle. CELCO also became known for its lab standard test equipment including high performance deflection amplifiers and precision display systems. The technologies evolved into the production of complete digital imaging systems starting in the 1970s with large format satellite imaging systems to the first motion picture digital film recorder used for Disney’s TRON in the early 1980s.

Clients have included Disney Feature Animation, PIXAR, Industrial Light & Magic, Warner Bros. Feature Animation, Tippett Studio, CFI/Technicolor, Double Negative, The Mill, Éclair Labs, AAV Digital Pictures, Klasky Csupo, and Fotokem, just to name a few.

For further information, contact CELCO, 10291 A Trademark Street, Rancho Cucamonga, CA, 91730, USA, tel +1.909.481.4648, fax +1.909.481.6899,,

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