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NEWS MANIPULATE & EDIT ASSIMILATE™, the leading provider of professional digital dailies and DI workflow tools, have announced SCRATCH® v8.2 and SCRATCH Lab® v8.2. This new release significantly expands metadata support with powerful functionality across many key areas of the software, The v8.2 release also introduces Live View™, giving DPs and DITs the ability to capture Metadata from live camera feeds, grade live, and create looks; a new H.264 encoder licensed from Vanguard, providing optimized encoding capability for Windows and now for Mac OS; and Oculus Rift support, for grading and compositing VR shots in real-time, with or without a headset. Colour grading Digital Vision has been sold to its management team for circa £500,000. Kelvin Bolah, Greg Holland and Claes Westerlund completed the acquisition from Swedish company Image Systems for 6.1m Swedish Krona in order to “preserve the heritage of the 26-year old company and provide significant funding for future investment in R&D.” As a result of the buyout, Bolah becomes chief executive while Holland takes the role of worldwide vice president of sales and Claes Westerlund becomes worldwide vice president of operations. The move will see all staff retained and all of the company’s offices in London, Los Angeles, Melbourne, New York and Sweden remain operational. Bolah said: “Digital Vision’s staff, customers and partners were of the utmost importance in this acquisition and our main reason for the management buy-out. Having worked with them for many years and seeing their passion, expertise and the amazing projects they produce, we knew we had to keep the Digital Vision brand alive. With the investment that the company now has we will be able to accelerate the R&D and engineering to deliver our award-winning products in a timely fashion to a global customer base.” Digital Vision’s current product range includes the Golden Eye 4 archive scanner, the Bifrost Archive Bridge, the Nucoda colour grading suite and the Phoenix film restoration software. 20 | KITPLUS - THE TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 97 JANUARY 2015