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Brumagic MPST Densitometer

Brumagic MPST Densitometer

The Hollywood Film Company (HFC) Brumagic MPST densitometer can read the density of Motion Picture SoundTrack, this capability sets it apart from earlier densitometers which could only read picture density.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences awarded each member of the design team with an Academy Award for Technical Achievement "for the design and development of the Hollywood Film Company Brumagic MPST densitometer". Ronald Belknap, of Belknap Enterprises, for software engineering. Jay McGarrigle for original concept and overall design. Albert Ridilla for electronic engineering. Papken Shahbazian for mechanical engineering.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences citation reads "The Brumagic MPST was designed specifically to measure density in the motion picture soundtrack and has become the densitometer of choice for reading soundtrack negative and positive densities worldwide".

The Academy Awards for Technical Achievement were presented by Maggie Gyllenhaal at the AMPAS Sci-Tech Awards Ceremony of the 79th Academy Awards, February 10, 2007 (Award Year 2006).

Ron Belknap Academy Award

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