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Imperial College London and Three Media implement near real time platform optimisation Posted: 12/11/2019
Imperial College London and Three Media implement near real time platform optimisation

Three Media, media specialist and product provider of XEN:Pipeline, today announced the completion of an 18-month project in conjunction with Imperial College London. The goal of the project was to make media supply chain processing more affordable by identifying ways to reduce costs and maximise workflow, process and resource efficiencies.

The project, called Digital Media Data Analytics (DMDA), was initiated and led by Three Media in conjunction with an Imperial College London team headed by Performance Engineering expert Dr Anthony Field. The combined team applied its expert knowledge of data analytics and optimisation techniques to Three Media's XEN:Pipeline development programme.

XEN:Pipeline enables users not only to evaluate and optimise existing workflows and business processes in near real time, but also to model new and changing virtual revenue streams either as stand-alone or alongside the existing. It also provides opportunities to identify, model, and prove new and innovative services and chargeable functions. XEN:Pipeline is a highly configurable, scalable, storage agnostic and performant system that can operate across multiple company and supplier locations and departments, identifying and resolving often-hidden bottlenecks, pinch points and under-utilisation from existing workflows and processes.

Tags: Three Media | Imperial College London | XEN:Pipeline | Digital Media Data Analytics (DMDA) | media supply chain processing | workflow | business process | simulation modelling | AI | ML | optimisation
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Directors Cut upgrades to Baselight for HDR and 4K Posted: 31/10/2019
Directors Cut upgrades to Baselight for HDR and 4K

Independent London post house Directors Cut Films – owned and operated by its creative staff – has invested in a Baselight TWO colour grading workstation with a Blackboard 2 control panel. Directors Cut works primarily in premium long-form television, as well as drama series, documentaries and feature films, with increasing interest in 4K and HDR.

“Being owned and run by ex-editors, we know what is required to meet and exceed expectations in post,” said Senior Colourist Andy Elliott. “We felt it was the right time to invest and embrace HDR and 4K workflows. HDR in particular produces much more of a positive visual impact, with real benefits in the immersive experience for the viewer.”

Leading broadcasters and production companies in the UK routinely turn to Directors Cut to finish major projects. While the work includes major dramas and some feature films, the company has a reputation for long form TV, especially documentaries. Recent projects graded by Elliott include biographies of Cher and Elton John, an investigation of the Bauhaus for BBC4, and Sir David Attenborough’s call to action Climate Change: The Facts.

Elliott pointed out that such programmes frequently bring together footage shot on multiple different cameras and formats, often in less than ideal circumstances. The task for the colourist is to integrate all of the footage as well as create a coherent look that reflects the story the director wishes to tell. That makes the speed and power of the upgraded Baselight suite an important asset.

Tags: FilmLight | Directors Cut Films | independent post house | Baselight TWO | colour grading | Blackboard control panel | Andy Elliott | HDR | 4K | grading suite | powerful system | asset | colourist | MKM Marcomms | MKM Marketing Communications
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Power of Baselight X on display at the heart of Inter BEE Posted: 31/10/2019
Power of Baselight X on display at the heart of Inter BEE

At Inter BEE, the FilmLight presence will be led by Koichi Matsui, General Manager of FilmLight KK, along with Yoko Kimura, newly appointed sales and product specialist. “FilmLight is one of the world’s leading companies for production and post production technology,” said Koichi Matsui “Yoko’s recent appointment underlines this region’s importance to us, and is a clear indication of the support we are giving to our existing and future customers in Japan.”

Top end post-production is placing ever-more stringent technical demands on technology, in support of the creative ambitions of directors, cinematographers and colourists. 4K and HDR are now commonplace, and 8K is being broadcast today in Japan. Recently, Baselight workstations were chosen for grading and finishing Ang Lee’s new movie, Gemini Man, shot and delivered in 120 frames per second, 4K, high dynamic range 3D.

Only the power of the Baselight X system can handle such a data-intensive project, while still giving the colourist free rein with next-generation creative tools and realtime response. FilmLight will demonstrate these tools as part of its latest software version at Inter BEE 2019, on an 8K display powered by a Baselight X grading system. This includes new productivity features such as the enhanced timeline with collapsing stacks and multiple tracks.

Tags: FilmLight | Yoko Kimura | Inter BEE | Koichi Matsui | Japan | Asia Pacific | post-production | colourist | Baselight | grading | Ang Lee | Gemini Man | Baselight X | Baselight Editions | Daylight | Blackboard Classic | control panel | MKM Marketing Communications
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Fifty Fifty adds second Baselight grading suite Posted: 21/10/2019
Fifty Fifty adds second Baselight grading suite

Leading London boutique post house Fifty Fifty has added a second Baselight grading suite as part of its expansion programme. With the growing interest in top end content for broadcast and streaming, both suites are equipped for 4K and HDR Ultra HD, and certified for Dolby Vision grading and delivery.

 
Originally a short-form house, Fifty Fifty is now best known for its broadcast work. As well as an ambitious expansion into a fourth building next to its original Soho base, to drive future creative and commercial growth, Fifty Fifty has recruited experienced long-form colourist Joe Stabb to run both the department and the new suite.
 
“Our boutique size enables us to offer agile, bespoke solutions,” said Cara Kotschy, managing director of Fifty Fifty. “The addition of beautifully styled and Dolby Vision accredited Baselight suites is a strategic move to put us at the forefront of technology and deliver our strategy within the high-end programming market. Baselight is a name that almost every single client will recognise and trust.”
 
Today, the majority of Fifty Fifty’s OTT deliverables are in HDR, so it is incredibly important that they have the confidence to deliver this new technology. The new suite matches the existing room technically, based on a Baselight TWO workstation with a Blackboard control surface. Fifty Fifty also use Baselight plug-ins in their editorial rooms and Flame VFX.
Tags: FilmLight | Fifty Fifty | Baselight | grading suite | colourist | Joe Stabb | 4K | HDR Ultra HD | Cara Kotschy | Dolby Vision | Blackboard control | Flame VFX | colour science | colour artist | interoperability | MKM Marcomms | MKM Marketing Communications
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Artjail raises the bar with Baselight colour grading Posted: 03/10/2019
Artjail raises the bar with Baselight colour grading
Independent VFX boutique Artjail has added a Baselight grading suite in each of its locations: one in its New York studio, and one in Toronto their newest studio that opened in January. Bringing grading and VFX together will strengthen the studio’s workflow for complex VFX projects. It will also further their reputation for short form advertising projects and long form work.
Tags: FilmLight | Clinton Homuth | colourist | Artjail | VFX boutique | Baselight | grading suite | Steve Mottershead | New York | Toronto | BLG | Flame | NUKE | Avid | VFX | feature set | MKM Marcomms | MKM Marketing Communications
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Imagine Updates Master Control for Egyptian National Media Authority Posted: 09/09/2019
Imagine Updates Master Control for Egyptian National Media Authority

Imagine Communications is building a completely updated master control and playout platform for the newly formed Egyptian National Media Authority (ENMA), previously Egyptian Radio and Television Union (ERTU), the national broadcaster in Egypt. The phased upgrade of this facility is designed to deliver a high level of operational resilience and integrates seamlessly with the broadcaster’s existing infrastructure, ensuring a simple and secure transition to IP when the broadcaster is ready to migrate its operations.

Tags: Imagine Communications | ENMA | Egyptian National media Authority | upgrades | flexibility | security | efficiency | playout platform | Egyptian Radio and Television Union | ERTU | seamless integration | Rafaat Younes | Anas Hantash | MKM Marketing Communications | IBC 2019 | IBC 2019
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Fast-forward to creative results with FilmLight at IBC2019 Posted: 05/09/2019
Fast-forward to creative results with FilmLight at IBC2019

At this year’s IBC, FilmLight (Amsterdam, 13-17 September, stand #7.A45) is demonstrating new colour management tools and products designed to improve efficiency and flexibility for a wide range of workflows.

Tags: FilmLight | IBC2019 | Blackboard Classic | control panel | workflow improvements | colour management tool | Baselight | FLUX Store | VFX | Daylight | MKM Marcomms | MKM Marketing Communications | IBC 2019 | IBC 2019
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V-Nova announces first implementation of upcoming standard MPEG-5 Part 2 (LCEVC) as part of its P+ SDK Posted: 30/08/2019
V-Nova announces first implementation of upcoming standard MPEG-5 Part 2 (LCEVC) as part of its P+ SDK

V-Nova, a leading provider of video compression solutions, today announced the 3rd generation of its multi award-winning portfolio of video distribution enhancement technologies, called P+ (previously PERSEUS Plus). The solution will be demonstrated at IBC 2019 on Stand 14.A07 in Amsterdam (September 13-17).

Tags: V-Nova | P+ | MPEG-5 Part 2 | LCEVC | Video Compression | Codecs | Streaming | OTT | Video Distribution | AL | ML | IBC 2019 | PERSEUS Plus | IBC 2019 | IBC 2019
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Insys Video Technologies to Unveil New Cloud Media Recording Solution and Expanded OTT Platform at IBC2019 Posted: 22/08/2019
Insys Video Technologies to Unveil New Cloud Media Recording Solution and Expanded OTT Platform at IBC2019

Over-the-top (OTT) video solutions innovator Insys Video Technologies is heading to the IBC2019 exhibition in Amsterdam in September with a powerful new cloud-based video recording solution and a two-pronged exhibit strategy. In addition to its own standalone presence in pod P03 (located in the walkway between IBC Halls 7 and 8), the company will highlight its collaborations with Amazon Web Services (AWS) in demonstrations at the AWS stand (5.C80).

Tags: OTT | live | VOD | cloud | video | Artificial Intelligence | AI | Machine Learning | ML | streaming | platform | delivery | Insys | Insys Video Technologies | Amazon Web Services | AWS | on demand | Elemental | IBC 2019 | IBC 2019
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FilmLight presents Colour On Stage at IBC2019 Posted: 13/08/2019
FilmLight presents Colour On Stage at IBC2019

At this year’s IBC, FilmLight (stand #7.A45) is hosting the free two-day seminar series, Colour On Stage, on 14-15 September 2019. The event provides an opportunity for visitors to participate in live presentations and discussions with colourists and other creative professionals at the peak of their craft.

Tags: FilmLight | IBC2019 | Baselight | Colour on Stage | colourist | colour management | grading tools | colour grading | Alex Gascoigne | Technicolor | Eric Weidt | Stephen Edwards | Tom Chittenden | David Williams | CV Rao | Karine Feuillard | MKM Marketing Communications | IBC 2019 | IBC 2019
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VITEC PRODUCTION SOLUTIONS JURGEN SOMMER APPOINTED TO IABM BOARD OF DIRECTORS Posted: 12/08/2019
VITEC PRODUCTION SOLUTIONS JURGEN SOMMER APPOINTED TO IABM BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Jürgen Sommer, vice president of channel development, EMEA, for Vitec Production Solutions, a division of the Vitec Group, has been appointed to the IABM board of directors.

Tags: VITEC PRODUCTION SOLUTIONS | JÜRGEN SOMMER | IABM | Vitec Group
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Creating movie star looks for HBO Big Little Lies Posted: 12/08/2019
Creating movie star looks for HBO and rsquo;s Big Little Lies
The second season of HBO’s runaway hit drama Big Little Lies was completed at Technicolor in Los Angeles. Finishing artist and Vice President of business development Pankaj Bajpai, famed for grading the HBO series Sex in the City, True Detective and Nat Geo’s Genius seasons for both Einstein and Picasso, used Baselight to enhance the distinctly Californian look of the show.
Tags: FilmLight | Big Little Lies | HBO | Technicolor | Pankaj Bajpai | Baselight | Base Grade | Film Grade | Flare control | BLG for Flame | Baselight for NUKE | VFX | color grading | colour grading | MKM Marcomms | MKM Marketing Communications
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Legendary colourist Yvan Lucas reunites with Quentin Tarantino for Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood Posted: 05/08/2019
Legendary colourist Yvan Lucas reunites with Quentin Tarantino for Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood
The latest movie written and directed by Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood, took the 2019 Cannes Film Festival by storm. The film visits late 60’s Los Angeles with colour and vitality realised by cinematographer Robert Richardson.
Tags: FilmLight | colourist | Yvan Lucas | Quentin Tarantino | Oce Upon A Time... In Hollywood | Cannes Film Festival | Robert Richardson | Baselight | colour grading | Éclair | Matt Tomlinson | Elodie Ichter | Daylight | MKM Marcomms | MKM Marketing Communications
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Saudi Arabias first production facility incorporates Baselight Posted: 31/07/2019
Saudi Arabias first production facility incorporates Baselight
Following the lifting of a 35-year ban on cinema in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Nebras Films has established the first full facility production and post service, based in Riyadh. As part of a complete offering, the post house includes a Baselight TWO grading suite with the latest v5 software, equipped with a Blackboard 2 control panel from FilmLight.
Tags: FilmLight | Saudi Arabia | Nebras Films | Baselight | Baselight TWO grading suite | Cian Patrick McLysaght | Vision 2030 plan | 4K | HDR | ARRI Alexa | Jigsaw 24 | local content | international collaboration | post house | MKM Marcomms | MKM Marketing Communications
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Youngster builds powerful workflows with BLG Posted: 18/07/2019
Youngster builds powerful workflows with BLG
One of London’s newest high-end finishing houses, Youngster, is delivering uncompromised quality thanks to FilmLight’s unique BLG workflow. Youngster is using the innovative setup to provide seamless, renderless content exchange between Flame VFX, Avid editing and the Baselight grading and finishing suite. The BLG workflow is already being used on commercials including those for Treatwell and Mulberry as well as music videos for the likes of Joji, whose Sanctuary promo received over 14 million hits on YouTube in its first few days.
Tags: FilmLight | Youngster | BLG workflow | Flame VFX | Avid | Baselight | colour grading | Treatwell | Mulberry | Joji | Sanctuary | Whitehouse Post | The Quarry | finishing services | Jim Bracher | The Mill | Wolfgang Lempp | MKM Marcomms | MKM Marketing Communications
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