Experience from way back - know-how up to the minute
MWA Albrecht GmbH was originally formed in
1926 as a manufacturer of Radio components.
Following the Second World War the company was reformed and
embarked on the manufacturing of audio equipment
specifically intended for the film industry.
The year 1947 saw the first Audio magnetic tape recorders
and players being developed.
In the early 1970s the first modern type electronic
synchronisable Mag recorder/player (sound follower) the MB41
was introduced revolutionizing sound for film and broadcast.
1980 saw the launch of the MB51 multiformat Mag machine/sound
follower is, followed shortly by the PB51 multi format high
speed studio film projector.
The MB51 rapidly earned a reputation as the best machine of
its’ type worldwide and sold almost 2500 units making the
name MWA Albrecht GmbH truly world famous in the
professional Audio and Film fields.
MWA went on to further this reputation by introducing the
only modern Laser Optical Sound Recorder the LLK in 1995.
This machine differs greatly from the only other older style
system currently still in use, in as much as the sound is
recorded on the negative film using a green NeHe laser beam
which results in unparalleled accuracy and performance
Over the 55 years of its’ existence the name MWA Albrecht
GmbH became synonymous with the highest engineering quality,
and technical innovation; a tradition that continues today
following the takeover of the company at the end of 2002,
and subsequent renaming as MWA Nova GmbH.
2004 saw the first MWA Nova film scanning product launched
in the form of the flashscan8 scanner for 8mm, super8mm, and
9.5mm which has to date not only revolutionized the world of
small gauge film scanning, and became a standard worldwide.
The Flashscan8 sold in excess of 200 units as of March 2010.
In 2005 we applied the same scanning and synchronization
principles learnt in the development of Flashscan8 to the
existing transport of the MB51 sound follower thereby
creating the flashtransfer standard definition real-time
film scanner for 16 and 35mm film which due to its low price
and high specification including all sound formats has been
widely accepted in the archive world.
The Flashscan and Flashtransfer product lines were
instrumental in raising our profile within the archiving
community worldwide and further focusing our R&D investments
towards specialist Archive solutions for image and sound.
2006 saw the developments of special replay heads for the
MB51 to cope with the ever increasing problem of Vinegar
Following the introduction of the RoHs manufacturing
standard in 2006 we also undertook a complete redesign of
the LLK Laser Optical Sound Camera in 2007, as even now in
2011 many international territories continue to prefer
Celluloid to Digital.
From 2008 to 2009 our efforts were focused on the
development of the next generation small gauge film scanner
– The flashscanHD. Launched in 2009 at the IBC this system
was the first to incorporate “automatic colour correction &
laser splice and picture steadiness correction”. (As of
January 2011 we have sold 37 units).
On the basis of the development of the laser splice and
picture steadiness correction MWA has developed a patented
feature for the replay of shrunken celluloid and magnetic
audio material – “The Laser shrinkage detector” or LSD. By
scanning shrunken material with a laser we can analyse its
shrinkage, where perforations are missing etc and playback
previously unplayable material at the right speed, and
importantly at the correct length allowing synchronization
of image and audio – This feature is available on both our
scanners and sound followers!
In 2009 we were approached by the Library of Congress who,
familiar with our high standard of design and engineering,
awarded us a tender to develop a real-time high performance
lower-priced film scanner as a tool for the mass
digitization of 16mm and 35mm material where no budget was
available for a photochemical transfer/restoration – This
has gone on to become the flashtransfer Vario which was
officially launched at the IBC in 2010.
MWA Nova currently offers more specialist solutions for the
actual physical transfer and replay of celluloid and
magnetic film for archival purposes than any other single
We currently have 25 employees 8 of whom are involved full
time in R&D. We also run a traditional engineering shop
further augmented by two high end modern CNC milling systems
allowing us undertake a high level of manufacturing, and all
assembly “in house”. These factors allow us our overall
engineering flexibility, and forward thinking approach to
the challenges of legacy film and audio material.
MWA Nova also exclusively distributes a
number of Film, Video, and Audio post production tools and
systems from well-known and respected manufacturers.
MWA Nova GmbH
Tel.: +49 (0) 30 - 398 019 0-0
Fax: +49 (0) 30 - 398 019 0-99
Detlef Nachtigall, Frank Ortwein
HRB Berlin 77476
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