Eye to Eye: Video Post-production


TV-Bay Magazine
Read ezine online
This column’s previous excursion into video post-production was just before the 2011 NAB Spring Convention, always a dangerous time to talk about new hardware or software when a deluge of upgrades, lookalikes and lite-editions are about to hit the aisles of the Las Vegas Convention Center. Quite a lot has happened in this category over the past 12 months, notably in editing and content restoration.
Avid introduced new versions of its Media Composer, NewsCutter and Symphony editing systems. Media Composer version 6, Symphony version 6 and NewsCutter version 10 are based on a new open 64-bit architecture and new user interface designed to speed workflows. Third-party hardware support now includes AVCHD and Red Epic with Avid Media Access (AMA), an Avid DNxHD 444 codec, and support for Avid Artist Color.
Blackmagic Design's HyperDeck Software Update 2 for HyperDeck Studio adds broadcast quality compressed 10 bit recording and playback to the Avid® DNxHD format. All content is recorded in MXF format so is immediately available in Media Composer without need for file copying or import processing.
Boris' Red 5 is an integrated 3D compositing, titling, and effects program for use with video editing software from Adobe, Apple, Avid, Grass Valley, Media 100, and Sony. It integrates text generators, paint, rotoscoping, tools to create and extrude vector objects, true 3D shapes and animation, and image processing filters. Support is provided for 64-bit programs such as Adobe CS5 and Sony Vegas Pro 10. Red 5 also adds 60 new Continuum Complete and Final Effects Complete filters. Cintel International announced a range of three 2K/4K image restoration workflow packages for film archives and restoration companies. They are designed for use with Cintel’s diTTo evolution 2K/4K film scanner which has optical dust and scratch concealment tools as well as pin registration and non-pin capabilities. The ‘film out’ function is provided by CCG’s DefinityHD film recorder. Between these processes, each package includes Cintel’s imageMill2 real time 2K restoration system, including Grace film grain and image noise management, Steady image stabilisation and Origin dust and scratch reduction, plus individual selections of storage, monitoring and colour correction tools suited to different tasks and requirements:
DFT Digital Film Technology introduced the latest version of its Scanity Archive sprocketless cine film transport. New features include variable scaling, film shrinkage measurement, vertical over-sampling, individual light and density range control, and variable aperture correction. A real-time scaler resizes the image and compensates for film shrinkage. Variable aperture correction compensates for optical scanning losses. Using neutral aperture correction means the images are seen exactly as they are on the film. An expanded algorithm allows the operator to over or under compensate, making the image sharper or softer.
DVS’ Venice multi-channel broadcast video server now supports Avid Isis and Interplay, handles stereo 3D material and provides real-time playout of JPEG2000 files. DVS has also added support for the Panasonic AVC-Ultra codec series which offers broadcasters interoperability with P2 materials at frame rates of up to 1080p60. Venice additionally supports the AVC-Intra 3D stereo function P2-3D, which is also part of the AVC-Ultra group. Venice can be used both for 3D ingest and 3D playout.
Eyeheight’s LE-3D is a stereoscopic multi-mode legaliser based on the company's geNETics platform. Legalisation settings for left and right video channels can be adjusted from a single operating panel. Adjustable parameters include RGB, YUV or composite mode selection, clipping level, soft clipping knee, luma and chroma gain, black level, and hue rotation. Six user memories are available to store group settings. EBU 2003 standard legalisation settings are also provided. The LE-3D has two independent HD-SDI inputs and outputs. Processing is to full 10-bit depth throughout.
Image Systems has addressed film and video restoration in the latest version of its Phoenix software. The 2011.2 release sees a move to 64-bit to improve speed and performance when restoring memory-intensive projects such as 4K. Phoenix now delivers interlaced motion estimation tools which allow users to correct and deliver mixed film and tape projects within a single timeline. Tools have been added to manage and replace cached material on the timeline when the original material has been changed or updated. A simplified effects selection, new review and scrubbing modes and improvements to the bookmark system allow users to work faster.
Media 100's new Suite Version 2 video editing software for Mac OS X supports 4K, 2K, HD, and SD standards. Integration with Adobe After Effects and Apple Final Cut Studio enables projects to be shared among After Effects, Color, and Final Cut Pro. Projects can be exported to Final Cut Pro for further editing and revisions. Final Cut Pro sequences can be imported into Media 100 Suite. Media 100 Suite supports optional video I/O interfaces from AJA, Blackmagic Design, Matrox, and Red and provides AVCHD, AVC-Intra, FireWire, Panasonic P2, and Sony XDCam acquisition interfaces. Boris Red is included for integrated 3D compositing, titling and effects.
Pixel Farm claims a new approach to film restoration with the launch of PFMill. Based on PFSilo, the company’s collaborative workflow management system for the restoration market, it enables up to 10 restoration artists to work simultaneously on restoration projects across an intranet, using special versions of the PFClean clean-up and remastering software. PFMill runs on one workstation which hosts all support hardware and services. Users can log into PFMill from any computer on the facility network and run a PFMill-only, modified version of PFClean as a lightweight client on their machine.
Sony Creative Software announced the latest upgrade to its Vegas editing software. Vegas Pro 11 is claimed to be the world's first Windows-based OpenCL nonlinear editor. New features include Nvidea 3D Vision support for single-display 3D computers such as the Vaio F Series 3D laptops and L Series 3D desktops, an enhanced video stabilising tool, and new software tools for creating animated titles.
Having expressed reservations some time ago about performing video edits with Apple iMovie on the 10 inch screen of an iPad2, I made the investment, found it too restricting and returned to the less confining workspace of a 27 inch iMac. Video editors with more than the usual supply of patience and dexterity now even have the option of running iMovie on an iPhone. To each their own!

Tags: iss061 | sony | avid | blackmagic | boris | contel | dft | dvs | eyeheight | image systems | media 100 | pixel farm | sony creative | N/A
Contributing Author N/A

Read this article in the tv-bay digital magazine
Article Copyright tv-bay limited. All trademarks recognised.
Reproduction of the content strictly prohibited without written consent.

Related Interviews
  • Sony Camcorders at BVE 2014

    Sony Camcorders at BVE 2014

  • Social Media Virtual Production Switching from Sony

    Social Media Virtual Production Switching from Sony

  • 6K Sony Venice and Sony 4k Palm Camcorders at IBC 2017

    6K Sony Venice and Sony 4k Palm Camcorders at IBC 2017

  • All you need to know about the Sony FS5 Raw and HDR Upgrade and more from NAB 2017

    All you need to know about the Sony FS5 Raw and HDR Upgrade and more from NAB 2017

  • Sonys new cameras at IBC 2014 - including the FS7

    Sonys new cameras at IBC 2014 - including the FS7

  • Sony Alpha7S at NAB 2014

    Sony Alpha7S at NAB 2014

  • Sony Monitors at BVE 2014

    Sony Monitors at BVE 2014

  • Sony Wireless Microphones at BVE 2014

    Sony Wireless Microphones at BVE 2014

  • Sony at ProVideo2011

    Sony at ProVideo2011

  • Sony at IBC2011

    Sony at IBC2011

  • Den Lennie considers what kit and cameras to buy for 2015

    Den Lennie considers what kit and cameras to buy for 2015

  • KitPlus filming rig used at NAB 2017

    KitPlus filming rig used at NAB 2017

  • KITPLUS rig setup at IBC 2014

    KITPLUS rig setup at IBC 2014

  • Philip Blooms recommendations at IBC 2014

    Philip Blooms recommendations at IBC 2014

  • Thear Technology at BVE 2013

    Thear Technology at BVE 2013

  • Thear Technology Limited at BVE North 2012

    Thear Technology Limited at BVE North 2012

  • Thear Technology Limited at ProVideo2011

    Thear Technology Limited at ProVideo2011

  • Datavideo on the Holdan stand at BVE 2013

    Datavideo on the Holdan stand at BVE 2013

  • Avid at IBC 2012 Part Two

    Avid at IBC 2012 Part Two

  • Avid at IBC 2012 Part One

    Avid at IBC 2012 Part One

  • Avid at BVE North 2011

    Avid at BVE North 2011

  • Datavideo at IBC2011

    Datavideo at IBC2011

  • Avid at IBC2011

    Avid at IBC2011

  • Brainstorm Multimedia at IBC 2015

    Brainstorm Multimedia at IBC 2015

  • Nugen Audio at NAB 2014

    Nugen Audio at NAB 2014

  • Brainstorm on BroadcastShow LIVE at IBC 2013

    Brainstorm on BroadcastShow LIVE at IBC 2013

  • Aframe Cloud Video at IBC 2013

    Aframe Cloud Video at IBC 2013

  • SIS LIVE and their products ManPak and DriveForce at IBC 2013

    SIS LIVE and their products ManPak and DriveForce at IBC 2013

  • Yospace: Advert Insertion at NAB 2013

    Yospace: Advert Insertion at NAB 2013

  • AJA at BVE 2013

    AJA at BVE 2013

  • Marquis Broadcast at NAB 2012

    Marquis Broadcast at NAB 2012

  • Brainstorm at NAB 2012

    Brainstorm at NAB 2012

  • Editors Keys at ProVideo2011

    Editors Keys at ProVideo2011

  • Altered Images at BVE North 2011

    Altered Images at BVE North 2011

  • Holdan and Teradek at BVE North 2011

    Holdan and Teradek at BVE North 2011

  • IPV at IBC2011

    IPV at IBC2011

  • Blackmagic introduces Blackmagic RAW (BRAW) at IBC 2018

    Blackmagic introduces Blackmagic RAW (BRAW) at IBC 2018

  • Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera BMPCC 4K at IBC 2018

    Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera BMPCC 4K at IBC 2018

  • Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K at NAB 2018

    Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K at NAB 2018

  • Blackmagic ATEM Television Studio Pro 4K at NAB 2018

    Blackmagic ATEM Television Studio Pro 4K at NAB 2018

  • Blackmagic Davinci Resolve 15 at NAB 2018

    Blackmagic Davinci Resolve 15 at NAB 2018

  • Blackmagic Design Ultimatte at IBC 2017

    Blackmagic Design Ultimatte at IBC 2017

  • Blackmagic Design Resolve 14, ATEM, URSA Mini PRo and more from IBC 2017

    Blackmagic Design Resolve 14, ATEM, URSA Mini PRo and more from IBC 2017

  • ATEM TV Studio Pro HD from Blackmagic Design at NAB 2017

    ATEM TV Studio Pro HD from Blackmagic Design at NAB 2017

  • Davinci Resolve 14 with Fairlight from Blackmagic Design at NAB 2017

    Davinci Resolve 14 with Fairlight from Blackmagic Design at NAB 2017

  • Blackmagic Design at IBC 2016

    Blackmagic Design at IBC 2016

  • Blackmagic MultiView at IBC 2014

    Blackmagic MultiView at IBC 2014

  • Blackmagic and Fusion at IBC 2014

    Blackmagic and Fusion at IBC 2014

  • Blackmagic URSA at NAB 2014

    Blackmagic URSA at NAB 2014

  • Blackmagic Studio Camera at NAB 2014

    Blackmagic Studio Camera at NAB 2014

  • Cintel Film Scanner: Blackmagic Design at NAB 2014

    Cintel Film Scanner: Blackmagic Design at NAB 2014

  • Blackmagic Design on BroadcastShow LIVE at IBC 2013

    Blackmagic Design on BroadcastShow LIVE at IBC 2013

  • Blackmagic Design with the new ATEM Production Suite at IBC 2013

    Blackmagic Design with the new ATEM Production Suite at IBC 2013

  • Blackmagic Design: Products at NAB 2013

    Blackmagic Design: Products at NAB 2013

  • Blackmagic Design at NAB 2012

    Blackmagic Design at NAB 2012

  • Blackmagic at IBC2011

    Blackmagic at IBC2011

  • BeSteady on the Production Gear stand at BVE 2014

    BeSteady on the Production Gear stand at BVE 2014

  • Hireacamera at BVE 2014

    Hireacamera at BVE 2014

  • The tv-bay Tour in Manchester June 2014

    The tv-bay Tour in Manchester June 2014

  • The tv-bay Tour in London June 2014

    The tv-bay Tour in London June 2014

  • Behind the scenes of the Teradek booth on BroadcastShow LIVE at IBC 2013

    Behind the scenes of the Teradek booth on BroadcastShow LIVE at IBC 2013

  • Holdan on BroadcastShow Tour May 2013

    Holdan on BroadcastShow Tour May 2013

  • Official TOUR Video 2013

    Official TOUR Video 2013

  • Autodesk at NAB 2013

    Autodesk at NAB 2013

  • Featured Clip: Geoff Boyle comments on NAB 2012

    Featured Clip: Geoff Boyle comments on NAB 2012

  • Holdan and DaVinci at BVE North 2011

    Holdan and DaVinci at BVE North 2011

  • AMD at IBC2011

    AMD at IBC2011

  • Digital Film Technology at IBC2011

    Digital Film Technology at IBC2011

  • Winner of the LP54 Miller Classic

    Winner of the LP54 Miller Classic

  • Eyeheight at IBC2011

    Eyeheight at IBC2011

  • Image Systems at IBC2011

    Image Systems at IBC2011


Related Shows
  • Sony FS7 show with Den Lennie at BVE 2015

    Sony FS7 show with Den Lennie at BVE 2015


Articles
Managing Technological Change
Alan Wheable Continual technological change in the broadcast and media industries can make it difficult to plan for the mid to long term. Typically, broadcasters and media organisation are still implementing the last set of changes to working practices when the next changes come along.
Tags: iss133 | omnitek | ip | waveform | vectorscope | ultra tq | Alan Wheable
Contributing Author Alan Wheable Click to read or download PDF
What is next in OTT
Mary Kay Evans In the past year alone, we’ve seen a substantial increase in the amount of OTT content that’s being streamed. In the first quarter of 2018, there’s been a 114 percent year-over-year growth in streaming video hours, and those numbers are only expected to rise. With OTT revenue predicted to reach $16.6B in 2018, a 40% gain over last year, there’s no question that OTT is booming, and that there’s never been a more critical time to pay attention to the space.
Tags: iss133 | ott | verizon | cisco | Mary Kay Evans
Contributing Author Mary Kay Evans Click to read or download PDF
Live audio contribution over wireless networks
Pablo Rodrigues Altmann Wireless “live” contribution from anywhere at any time, this is the ultimate goal for most news reporters. The old favorite of using ISDN is becoming harder and much more expensive to access easily. Today most of us use wireless daily, in particular Wifi and HSPA/LTE 4G networks. These are now mature technologies and widely used for many applications in the home and whilst out and about. However there are still some professionals who prefer to persevere with the traditional, costly and limited ISDN communication technology before jumping into the wireless era.
Tags: iss133 | adrl | wireless audio | isdn | cellular audio | Pablo Rodrigues Altmann
Contributing Author Pablo Rodrigues Altmann Click to read or download PDF
Taking on a self employed placement year
Joshua Round The idea of being self-employed or freelancing has always been somewhat terrifying for me. There is a level of uncertainty and responsibility that comes with the freedom of being self-employed, the likes of which makes me wonder why I chose to give it a go for my placement year as part of my university course - (BSc) Television and Broadcasting.
Tags: iss133 | placement year | university | student | education | portsmouth | Joshua Round
Contributing Author Joshua Round Click to read or download PDF
IBC in a post Brexit world
Peter Savage 2 Cast your mind forward and we are not in 2018 but next year and, yes, it’s you and me walking to the departure lounge to catch the plane to IBC just as I, and perhaps also you, have done for the last 25 years. (By the way, where is my long service award – and perhaps a new pair of shoes as I must, surely, have walked the equivalent of five Caminos covering the 12 halls in the Rai). We are at the gate and my imagination kicks in as I hypothesize on what the trip might look like next year. I leave it to you to decide which is closest to what might be to come.
Tags: iss133 | azule | brexit | ibc | finance | Peter Savage 2
Contributing Author Peter Savage 2 Click to read or download PDF