August 31, 2014

FotoKem’s Keep Me Posted Puts Nucoda Film Masters Into Fully Integrated Post Pipeline

Digital Vision, provider of powerful image enhancement, color correction and restoration systems for a wide spectrum of content, announced that FotoKem’s Keep Me Posted (KMP) has expanded their commitment to them with a hardware, storage, and software upgrade to their existing Film Master. Furthering their allegiance to Digital Vision, they also purchased a second Nucoda Film Master grading system running the 2010 software release including DVO Enhance noise and grain reduction option.

Keep Me Posted specializes in television episodic and commercial finishing and is part of the FotoKem network of companies that includes Spy Post, LA Studios, and nextLAB. Burbank’s Keep Me Posted has fully integrated the Nucoda Film Masters into the company’s workflow, creating an end to end file-based system and a completely Avid-centric TV pipeline.

Based on the success they experienced over the first few weeks using the newly upgraded Film Master running 2010 software, Keep Me Posted ordered a second system. At the beginning of next year, they will be one of the first Hollywood customers to take delivery of the new Digital Vision “Precision” color panel, recently unveiled at IBC. The decision to chose the Nucoda Film Masters were based on three factors: its ease of integration into their file-based architecture, the need for engineering excellence, and the company’s focus on time sensitive deadlines and creative artistic requirements.

 
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FotoKem CTO, Paul Chapman, commented that the Digital Vision systems clearly met their demanding technical requirements. “When we were putting the pieces of a file-based, start-to-finish workflow in place, we took a hard look at the field of appropriate competitors. It was imperative that there was an ease of integration into the colorist’s workflow in tandem with the critical need for the system to fit smoothly into our file-based, ingest-to-storage pipeline. The Film Master dropped seamlessly into our storage architecture, which immediately differentiated it from the competition. Our engineering team evaluated Nucoda’s interoperability and found that the PC-based system was the best choice for us, by far. Integrating with Avid, Facilis, and the other technologies in the pipeline has been an absolutely straightforward process. No other system came close to that promise, and Digital Vision delivered on it.”

FotoKems Keep Me Posted Puts Nucoda Film Masters Into Fully Integrated Post Pipeline

Hawk Hamilton, Vice President at KMP noted, “We work with the pre-eminent content creators in the industry, and are ready to support their highly demanding schedules and creative needs without missing a beat. We are focused on creating a top tier experience for all of our customers and the second Nucoda Film Master is a key component in our ability to provide that caliber of responsive customer service. The transition process for our talented colorists to get up to speed has been flawless. The training, testing and troubleshooting done by the experts on the Digital Vision team ensured that our colorists were Film Master fluent very quickly.”

Bruno Munger, Senior Product Manager of Digital Vision said, “The team at Keep Me Posted and FotoKem are experts with keen vision about where the post production market is heading. We are delighted that they see the 2010 Nucoda product line as a perfect fit for their file based pipeline as they work with the top producers in Hollywood. It has been fantastic to collaborate with the creative and engineering teams at both FotoKem and KMP and we look forward to continuing our involvement in these outstanding facilities.”

 

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NUCODA FILM MASTER FLIES WITH 3D LEGEND OF THE GUARDIANS: THE OWLS OF GA’HOOLE

Digital Vision has today announced that its Nucoda Film Master system has been used to grade and master the new 3D animated feature from Warner Bros Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole by Australian animation and visual effects studio Animal Logic. Released on September 24th in the US and October 15th in the UK, the film is expected to be a box office smash.

Directed by acclaimed American filmmaker Zack Snyder and produced by Zareh Nalbandian of Animal Logic, the feature is based on the well known Guardians of Ga’Hoole books by Kathryn Lasky. The story centres on Soren, a young barn owl fascinated by his father’s epic stories of the Guardians of Ga’Hoole, a mythic band of winged warriors who fought a great battle to save all of owlkind from the evil Pure Ones. The film features a number of famous voices including Geoffrey Rush, Helen Mirren, Hugo Weaving, Sam Neill, Abbie Cornish and David Wenham.

 
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The entire 3D grading and mastering was completed on Nucoda Film Master by Animal Logic’s award-winning Head Colourist Eric Whipp. He explains, “For this style of animated film we use compositing mattes to isolate all the characters and parts of the image to create specific looks in detail. In a similar way you might grade a live action film, we do the same except we have the luxury of perfectly cut out mattes for characters.

NUCODA FILM MASTER FLIES WITH 3D LEGEND OF THE GUARDIANS: THE OWLS OF GAHOOLE

“We initially graded the film in 2D to get the look right. Once we got to a point where we were happy, we applied all the settings to the right eye and then switched into stereo mode for final tweaks.  All windows and shapes had to be re-aligned for the right eye, and then we did other alterations such as light level adjustments. Once in stereo mode, layer by layer colour adjustments can easily be made using the Nucoda Film Master. Another useful feature is the system’s Open EXR functionality. All the shots were composited in EXR format, which was great as it was like working with a film negative in the sense that there was range in the highlights that could be pulled back if required.”

He concludes, “The Nucoda Film Master really enhanced the creative process of this production. We literally added hundreds of lens flares in the grade using the system’s Sapphire plugin tools to enhance the story and the look of the film, which really put the icing on the cake.”

NUCODA FILM MASTER FLIES WITH 3D LEGEND OF THE GUARDIANS: THE OWLS OF GAHOOLE

Opening in the US in theatres and IMAX on September 24, 2010, the film will be presented in 3D and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, and in select territories by Village Roadshow Pictures.

NUCODA FILM MASTER FLIES WITH 3D LEGEND OF THE GUARDIANS: THE OWLS OF GAHOOLE

About Digital Vision
Digital Vision provides innovative image restoration, enhancement, color correction and data conforming systems that major movie studios, television networks and post-production facilities use to master and deliver feature films, TV programs and commercials.  The company’s Nucoda product line provides a strong suite of products for tapeless and non linear grading for HD broadcast and 2k/4k digital intermediate productions.  The company’s award-winning products are a standard of the media and entertainment industry and are deployed at top facilities and broadcasters around the world.
 
Digital Vision AB was founded in 1988 and is headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, with three wholly owned subsidiaries, Digital Vision (US) in Los Angeles, California; Digital Vision UK in London, England; and Digital Vision in Hong Kong, China.  The company maintains its global presence through a network of qualified distributors.  Digital Vision is listed on the Stockholm stock exchange.  For further information, go to www.digitalvision.tv.

All trademarks used herein, whether recognized or not, are the properties of their respective companies.

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Digital Vision’s Nucoda Film Master adds drama to BBC One’s Mistresses

Digital Vision has today announced that its Nucoda Film Master was used to conform and grade the new series of BBC One’s Mistresses by Bristol based facility Films@59. Produced by Ecosse Films, Mistresses delves into the tangled lives of four female friends and their relationships. The first of the four-part 60 minute drama aired on 5th August.

Films@59 Colourist Tony Osborne who carried out the grade knew from very early discussions with the series producer Rhonda Smith and DoP Alan Almond that they required a very different look and feel from the first two series, which had a glossy, glamorous sensibility and softer storylines. They also wanted to move away from film and go digital and so opted for the RED digital camera system.

Osborne explains, “The idea was to achieve a look that was darker and richer but without too much contrast and one that would not be overly saturated. From the start of the project Alan said that he didn’t want the American look that you get with some dramas, which have vibrant brash colours. He wanted a natural look – that was the premise throughout filming.”

 
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Osborne used Nucoda Film Master for three stages of the post production process. The first-stage was to carry out the data conform from the RED RAW files processing out to LOG files. He says, “This gives us the best starting point for grading as the OpenEXR format, which is built into the Nucoda Film Master, retains greater detail in the shadows and the highlights than other systems. The floating point, which OpenEXR facilitates, means that the grade is not disrupted. The second-stage was the grade itself and during the third-stage Osborne used elements of Nucoda Film Master’s DVO toolset to reduce shimmer and grain.

Digital Visions Nucoda Film Master adds drama to BBC Ones Mistresses

The series, which opens in the present with a prologue, conjures up a feeling of tension and unease. Osborne explains, “There are unresolved issues and the viewer doesn’t yet know what they are so it had to draw the audience in immediately. The DoP, producer and director wanted to give that first scene a look completely different to the rest of the series. The story lines are dark and it was important that this was reflected in the grade.” Throughout the rest of the grade Osborne was sensitive to maintain the colour theme relating to the four main female characters and their environments.

Martin Bennett, VP Worldwide Marketing, Digital Vision comments, “Tony has achieved a very unique look for this project using Nucoda Film Master. The grade significantly adds to the drama in the production reflecting the change in storyline from the first two series. Also the use of OpenEXR, which is integrated into all Nucoda systems and has been adopted by other facilities and studios including Pixar and Lucasfilm in the US and Animal Logic in Australia, ensures that the creative vision is preserved and delivered in a manner that has never before been possible.”

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Quantel wins International 3D Society Lumiere Award for Pablo

Quantel was honored with the International 3D Society’s 3D Technology Lumiere Award at a ceremony in Hollywood last night. The Award was for Quantel’s Pablo 3D color correction and finishing system, the only post production system to be honored for achievements in Stereo3D for the period between 1980 and December 2009.

“Recent advances in stereoscopic 3D are revolutionizing the entertainment industry, and we are proud to acknowledge the medium’s most innovative pioneers,” said 3D Awards Committee Co-Chair and Oculus3D President Lenny Lipton. “The groundbreaking work of these companies and professionals will influence motion picture storytelling for generations to come.”

Quantel wins International 3D Society Lumiere Award for Pablo

R&D Director Simon Rogers received the Award on behalf of Quantel. “Everyone at Quantel is excited by Stereo3D, it’s something we have in common with the Society,” he said. “Another thing we share is the recognition that it’s quality Stereo3D that drives this business. When we first showed the Stereo3D Pablo in 2007, everything just took off. Now there are over 100 Stereo3D Pablos out there working on all kinds of quality projects across features and broadcast – literally right around the globe. There’s a revolution going on out there and we’re delighted that Pablo is helping the real creatives in all our customers make it happen.”

The photo below of Simon Rogers at the International 3D Society Lumiere Awards can be supplied at high resolution – email roger.thornton@quantel.com and I will send it over immediately.

 

 
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Quantel – a passion for post, DI and broadcast
Quantel is a world-leading developer of innovative, high performance content creation and delivery systems across post, broadcast and DI. We are passionate about creating the most open and efficient tools for the digital age. Quantel’s product range includes: multi-resolution finishing systems; award-winning color correction solutions; stereoscopic 3D post systems and integrated news and sports production systems. They all deliver the creative, productive and profitable workflows that give post houses and broadcasters the edge they need to thrive and grow in today’s highly competitive global media market.

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