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Denzel Washington thriller finished on Baselight

LONDON — 24 October 2014: The Equalizer, the new thriller from director Antoine Fuqua and starring Denzel Washington, was graded on Baselight EIGHT at Colorworks, the finishing facility on the Sony Pictures lot at Culver City. Colorist Doug Delaney worked throughout the project with the director Antione Fuqua, DoP Mauro Fiore and editor John Refoua to create a distinctive, atmospheric look, which served to drive the story forward.

Sony Colorworks has three DI grading theatres, each with a Baselight EIGHT networked to about 1.2 petabytes of online storage. Viewing via a Sony 4K projector, the colorist benefits from the best possible grading environment that matches ideal cinema conditions. The facility also has four additional Baselight EIGHTs in smaller rooms for broadcast and mastering work, and three assist stations for conform and support.

The technical platform allowed colorist Delaney to work interactively with the various effects houses, each delivering special elements. “We had many VFX reviews in the grading suite, often working remotely with the vendors,” he recalled. “My involvement in the review process meant the director and DoP saw the FX work graded, and it also gives me the opportunity to establish a solid technical relationship with the VFX vendors. This translates, I believe, to a more refined integration come finish.”

“In particular, I worked with Sean Devereaux’s team at Zero VFX on a number of scenes,” Delaney added. “Working with the FX elements via mattes meant that we could massage the elements interactively during reviews. This really helped accelerate the approval process.”

Delaney started work on the project at the preview stage, ensuring director, DoP and colorist were all working together on the visual style of the film. The final grade was the result of two week’s of intensive work with DoP Fiore, building on the look established during the previews and polishing the look of the film.

“The climactic scene of the film is set in a store, with a dramatically dark look,” said Delaney. “What we needed to do was to shape the light so that the audience reads the right action. Baselight’s area tracker was instrumental in de- emphasising parts of the frame and popping other parts that we needed to see to tell the story.”

He continues: “Baselight has been my color corrector of choice for a long time, so it’s really just an extension of my thought process at this point. With different camera systems being used in today’s films, Baselight’s ability to mix any and all resolutions in the same timeline and handle them appropriately thru either an ACES or more traditional color pipeline is a huge advantage. And having the horsepower to work at 4k 16-bit at 24fps means you can put the best possible image on the screen – no proxy, no compromise.”

 

eyevis appoints new management board

With effect from October 01, 2014, eyevis, German manufacturer of large scale video systems, has appointed Christian Massmann (45), as its new Chief Executive. In addition, Daniel Meindl (40) joins the management board as Head of Finance and COO. Whereas Christian Massmann succeeds Michael W. Nagel as CEO, Daniel Meindl’s role in the management team will be the corporate organization, especially regarding the recently acquired companies and their integration in the eyevis Group.

Customer orientation without compromises, innovative strength, as well as excellence in product development, sales and service are the basic factors for Mr Massmann to continue and further grow the success of the eyevis Group both nationally and internationally. “eyevis is a perfect example for German art of engineering and innovation. I am delighted to have the opportunity to take the position as CEO of the eyevis group”, he emphasizes. Before joining eyevis, Massmann held a number of leadership roles in the international TV and internet industry. He was most recently responsible for the world-wide sales of ZDF, a leading German broadcast organizations, and served as CEO for different companies for production and digital services which were part of one of Europe’s largest media groups. He has an extensive career history with many years of experience in the international marketing and brand leadership for audio-visual media and the digital industry.

Daniel Meindl will coordinate the finances and organization of the eyevis Group which comprises subsidiaries in France and Spain but also the German technology companies Teracue eyevis and STiNO eyevis. Meindl collected many years of international work experience in leading commercial managing as positions at Fujitsu Siemens Computers and arvato Services Bertelsmann. Among others Meindl held the position as CFO at Fujitsu Siemens Computers, Inc. USA, and at arvato Digital Services. The technical departments and product developments remain under the leadership of Heiko Schaich, company founder and Chief Technical Officer of the eyevis Group.

FilmLight Demonstrates Latest Colour Pipeline Solutions at CAPER 2014

LONDON — 24 October 2014: FilmLight, alongside its Argentine reseller IPLUSB, is using CAPER 2014 to demonstrate its latest colour grading solutions, designed to seamlessly integrate with today’s evolving workflows (IPLUSB stand, A38, Costa Salguero Exhibition Center, Buenos Aires, 29-31 October 2014).

 “We have a whole host of customers here who rely on FilmLight and we’re looking forward to demonstrating the full power of our colour grading solutions and showing how our workflows can transform the professional post-production process, getting the content on screen faster.” said Manuel Puig Lopez, Account Manager and Product Specialist at FilmLight.

FilmLight’s renderless and colour-accurate framework makes it possible to control, communicate and finesse image creation ‘at every stage’ from set, to editorial, VFX and post-production.

A key part of this framework is Daylight. Launched at IBC2014, Daylight is FilmLight’s comprehensive solution for on-set and near-set production. It is designed as a compact yet powerful grading decision tool to help DoPs and directors establish looks and visualise what they have shot, on set or on location.

Available to purchase in Q1 2015, Daylight encompasses a number of new features, including: AJA SDI output; shot filtering and sorting; HTML report generation; RED GPU decoding; media consolidation tools; multi-format deliverables; and, just like Baselight, support for the latest camera codecs.

Also on display at CAPER 2014 will be Baselight Editions, which provide the world’s most advanced colour grading toolset as a plugin within professional editing and VFX packages. Baselight Editions is available for Avid, FCP 7 and the soon-to-be launched Baselight for NUKE. Baselight for NUKE gives VFX artists the ability to accurately preview fully graded shots, resulting in better compositing control while alleviating the need for time-consuming amends due to changes made in colour correction.

Visitors will also be able to see Baselight ONE, the diskless tower system that forms a complete grading and finishing solution with an internal 2TB solid-state cache and fast connections to the facility storage network – and Slate, FilmLight’s revolutionary compact grading panel which uses the same precision, ergonomics and reliability as a full-size Blackboard 2 panel, but in a smaller form factor and at a lower price point.

FilmLight is on the IPLUSB stand (A38) at the leading regional broadcast and media exhibition, CAPER 2014 – Costa Salguero Exhibition Center, Buenos Aires, 29-31 October 2014.

 

World’s first 4K Ultra HD Testing Zoo launched by DTG Testing

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London, UK, Friday 24 October 2014

DTG Testing has launched the world’s first Ultra HD product testing zoo with a 4K HDMI interoperability plugfest.

The Digital TV Group (DTG) members-only event brought together retail 4K TVs from 10 different manufacturers, set-top boxes, an upscaling Blu-Ray player, an AV receiver and testing equipment from two providers.

Participants tested different combinations of outputs and 4k resolutions, framerate and bit depth to build a picture of which HDMI features were supported.

Simon Gauntlett, chief technology officer at the DTG, said: “I would like to thank all the participants and observers that made it a successful and busy day.

“This event marks the beginning in a new era of testing facilities at the Digital TV Group and we look forward to further collaboration with industry to create a thriving 4K Ultra HD ecosystem in the UK.”

With the world’s first 4K Testing Zoo now up and running, the DTG intends to hold a follow-on event to focus on 4K image quality and HEVC support.

Demand for the event arose from the DTG UHD Forum working groups, where broadcasters, manufacturers and content providers are working towards specifications for the launch of robust, high quality 4K TV services in the UK. 

The full plugfest line-up included 12 Ultra HD 4K displays, all of which are currently available in retail, plus two set-top boxes and a reference STB design from a silicon vendor, with HDMI test tools supplied by Rohde & Schwarz and Quantum Data.

Device manufacturers and the DTG’s testing partners were joined during the day by observers from the UK broadcast platforms to assess the state of the technology’s development.

The DTG’s findings from the day are now being collated to investigate whether there are specifications or guidelines we can create to improve interoperability in the future.

Manufacturers, content providers, and other organisations who would like to take part in future events or make use of the 4K Testing Zoo are invited to contact DTG Testing on customerservices@dtg.org.uk.

The DTG would like to thank technology consultant David Holliday for his work in coordinating this event.

Tedial Expands North American Operations

Denver, CO, (23rd October 2014) – Tedial, a well-established software company specialising in Media Asset Management (MAM) and Business Process Workflow, has named Ben Higley Shaver as Manager of Pre-Sales Engineering and Support for the North American operation. Jay Batista, Tedial’s General Manager, US operations announced the appointment noting that Ben will soon be joined by additional staff to accommodate the company’s growth in the region.

 

Ben, a 20-year veteran of the broadcast, media and entertainment industry, will be responsible for ensuring customers receive the highest level of pre-and post sales support possible for Tedial’s world-class MAM and software solutions.

 

According to Batista, “We are exceptionally pleased to have Ben join our organisation. North America is a prime market for our next-generation enterprise-level IT solutions and Ben’s in-depth industry experience coupled with his unprecedented technical and communications skills will be an advantage to our customers and fundamental to our growing success in this vast region. ”

 

Ben has earned a reputation as an expert in today’s modern IT centric broadcast technology, software and workflow integrations and implementation. He brings with him a varied background in wireless communications, including systems engineering work in RF, ATSC, media transformation and quality control. His career includes extensive experience in systems design, integration, technical project management, customer support and installation of broadcast and OTT/VoD facilities for major networks in North America. Prior to his appointment at Tedial he held positions in major corporations on a global scale, including Harris Broadcast Communications, AmberFin and Qualcomm.

 

The Voice returns to dock10

Manchester, UK – 23 October 2014 – dock10, the MediaCityUK-based media services provider, has welcomed back Wall to Wall’s The Voice for its third run at the Manchester based studios. The BBC One Saturday night primetime talent show has just completed the recording of its blind audition stages and will commence with the battle and knockout stages mid-November through to the beginning of December.

 

The fourth series of The Voice is being filmed in dock10’s largest HD studio, HQ1, where other high profile productions such as Sports Personality of the Year have been recorded. The 12,500 sq. ft. facility is one of the largest purpose built HD studios in Europe.

 

As well as using dock10’s impressive HQ1 studio, where hopefuls will fight it out to become the next Voice, Wall to Wall have taken advantage of dock10’s surroundings which feature as creative backdrops for the show.

 

The Voice will be sent digitally to ENVY, who will provide post-production services on the show.

 

Andy Waters, Head of Studios at dock10, comments; “The return of such a high profile show is a testament to the high quality services dock10 has to offer. We are really pleased to have those famous big red chairs back and are looking forward to the next stages beginning. Big productions like The Voice are exactly what the HQ1 studio was built to accommodate.”

High Definition & Digital Cinema Ltd and Skillset present DIT Training

High Definition & Digital Cinema Ltd and Creative Skillset are pleased to announce a training workshop for DIT’s.

The two day theory and practical workshop will take place at the BFI Southbank in London on the 4th and 5th of December 2014.

Please click the following link for more information and to book a place.
http://www.hddc.co.uk/DIT/DITflyer.html

Leading Israeli Broadcaster Embraces Avid Everywhere to Broaden Global Reach and Boost Revenues

Burlington, MA, October 22, 2014 – Avid® (OTC: AVID) today announced that one of Israel’s leading free-to-air broadcasters, Channel 9, has become the latest major television network to embrace Avid EverywhereTM.  Also known as Israel Plus, Russian-language broadcaster Channel 9 selected the Avid MediaCentral Platform to help connect with its Russian-speaking viewers in Israel and North America from its news studio in Tel Aviv.

The MediaCentral Platform will enable Channel 9 to streamline and accelerate its news production operations. With proven and trusted solutions from the Avid Artist Suite, Media Suite, and Storage Suite running on the platform, the new workflow enables Channel 9 to easily share content with its Israeli partner stations, Channel 2 and Channel 10 – both already powered by Avid workflows. Channel 9 can now repurpose assets from its partner channels’ archives, and vice versa, giving all three stations the ability to collaboratively create, access and distribute content from everywhere.

“By moving to Avid Everywhere, we have been able to increase our content production and widen distribution of our news programming. As a result we have seen increased viewership,” said Alon Raif, chief operations and engineering officer at Channel 9. “Our new Tel Aviv facility based around the Avid MediaCentral Platform enables us to expand our footprint among Russian-speaking audiences beyond our current territories, bringing a wealth of new revenue opportunities.”

“Channel 9’s investment is yet another example of Avid Everywhere in practice,” said Tom Cordiner, vice president, international sales at Avid. “Through the Avid MediaCentral Platform, Channel 9 has a streamlined foundation from which to extend its reach and increase its revenue by delivering more of the stories that matter to its audiences around the world.”

Avid Professional Services helped design the end-to-end Avid workflow for Channel 9’s state-of-the-art newsroom, with Avid reseller Draco carrying out the design, integration, installation and project management.

Channel 9’s investment in the Avid Artist, Media, and Storage Suites of solutions comprises the Avid Interplay | Production Facility Package. This includes Interplay® | Production asset management system, Media Composer® | Software with the NewsCutter® Option, ISIS® shared storage, Avid MediaCentral | UX unified, web-based media production solution, as well as the iNEWS® newsroom management system and AirSpeed® 5000 video servers.

Sound Devices Streamlines Production Workflows with Launch of Firmware 2.10 for Rack-Mounted Recorders

REEDSBURG, WI, OCTOBER 21, 2014 Sound Devices, specialists in portable audio and video products for field, live event and studio production, introduces Firmware 2.10, the latest software update for its 970 audio rack-mounted and PIX 250i, PIX 260i and PIX 270i video rack-mounted recorders. New features and upgrades include enhanced metadata functionality, sound report creation and improved file/folder formats. In addition, Sound Devices now offers a Release Candidate Screening Program, which gives existing end users of its rack-mounted recorders a sneak peek into new features and changes under development in the firmware.

 

Firmware 2.10 features a new Metadata screen so users recording audio can quickly access and edit the Scene, Notes, Take and Circle status of Previous, Current and Next takes. It also provides the same metadata editing functionality from PIXNet, the Web browser interface. Additionally, the PIXNet clips tab has been enhanced to display useful information about recordings, including start timecode, fps, user-bits, duration, codec and audio format.

 

With regard to reel folder formats, in previous iterations of the firmware, a Custom option enabled users to edit reel folder names with any alphanumeric value, whereas the 2.10 firmware offers a second Daily option. If set to Daily, new reel folders will automatically be named with the current system date in the YYMMDD format. These daily reel folders, which are containers for the recordings, are helpful in organizing deliverables for projects that span multiple days. This latest firmware also features a new Phrase List Manager, which lets end users create a list of commonly used phrases and then use them to quickly edit the Notes field of recorded WAV files. Users can also now enter notes from either the File list or the new Metadata screen, for the next recording.

 

For those devices operating in Audio Only Mono mode, it is now possible to have the system append the actual audio track name to the end of the file name. While recording, track names can now be edited from the audio screen and from PIXNet. This assists those in post production in determining which audio file is associated with which member of the cast, a feature that is particularly useful in high-track-count reality shows. In addition, the new Sound Reports feature creates CSV files based on WAV-file metadata.

 

Sound Devices’ new Release Candidate Screening Program provides the company with direct customer input on the usability of its updates, ensuring the stability of firmware updates in real-world applications. Initially, the program will target the Video Devices and Sound Devices rack-mount products, with the company planning to expand the program to other product lines over time.

 

“The goal of our new screening program is to work together with end users to identify and resolve any potential stability issues and get feedback on product performance in real-life workflows, so the best possible firmware makes it into upcoming official releases,” says Dan Desjardins, Manager of Software Development and Quality Assurance, Sound Devices. “Sound Devices enjoys a highly regarded, open-door relationship with its customers worldwide, and this program promises to expand on that bond.”

 

Each Release Candidate will come with a pre-determined expiration date and limited technical support. Firmware 2.10 is available as a free download for all existing rack-mount products. To download this firmware and offer feedback on the Release Candidate firmware version, participants simply need to fill out a convenient online form located at www.sounddevices.com/download/release-candidate/.

 

Chris Steele Appointed as Marquis Broadcast MD

 

Chris Steele, Managing Director, Marquis Broadcast

 

22 October 2014: Marquis Broadcast, specialist in content workflows and media integration software, has today announced the appointment of Chris Steele as managing director.  Steele joins the company from Quantel. He takes over from Peter Davies who will step up to become chairman of Marquis Broadcast.

“I have a great deal of respect for the skills and experience of the team at Marquis and I am looking forward to developing a long term vision for the company,” confirms Steele.  “There will be many opportunities as we move into the brave new world of IP production and Marquis is well placed to supply the necessary solutions to help integrate the multi-vendor streaming workflows of the modern broadcast world.”

Chris Steele has wealth of experience, starting out in live broadcast at ITN.  He has worked in various organisations including Digital Vision AB and The Foundry, in addition to eight years as co-founder and director at Parallax Software Ltd.  He also spent time as director at OMG plc where he started the company 2D3 and took Boujou, the world’s first automated camera tracker, to market. Boujou subsequently won an Emmy.  He returns to Marquis after 15 months as senior product manager at Quantel.

 

“Chris Steele’s appointment is part of a package of investment into Marquis which is designed to support our channel and enable the business to continue expanding,” confirms Peter Davies. “We are delighted to welcome Chris back. With his background in the original design of some of our leading solutions, including Project Parking and X2Pro, he is the ideal fit to help take Marquis to the next level by addressing and taking advantage of existing and future sector trends.”