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Light Illusion launches new Colour Management System - ColourSpace CMS for Pre-Ordering and Beta Testing Posted: 29/04/2020
Light Illusion launches new Colour Management System - and ldquo;ColourSpace CMS and rdquo; for Pre-Ordering and Beta Testing

Light Illusion, specialists in critical colour management for film, post-production, and broadcast has launched a brand-new colour management product called “ColourSpace CMS”. Currently available for pre-order, it enables participation in the open beta program to provide feedback and input for the final release.

ColourSpace CMS is a software program which connects to a wide variety of display calibration probes in order to accurately assess the colour rendition of any display. It then creates colour management data which can be used to perfect colour accuracy by uploading it into a display that has colour management features, or alternatively, applied as a correction to the signal feeding the display using associated hardware.

Applications include display calibration, colour management, and colour workflows within the professional film, post-production, and broadcast industries, as well as for display manufacturers and home cinema enthusiasts. ColourSpace CMS data is compatible with most colour related post-production platforms such as Resolve, Flame and Baselight.

ColourSpace CMS has been designed to bring a significant improvement to how colour accuracy is measured and reported. 

Light Illusion aims for ColourSpace to become the de-facto standard for advanced colour management, promoting high levels of display calibration and colour control, regardless of final application.

 

 

 

 

Tags: colour | colour space | colour management | calibration | grading | colour grading | colourists | colour control | monitors | beta | colour rendition | display | colour science
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FilmLight teams up with ARRI in Paris creative community Posted: 24/01/2020
FilmLight teams up with ARRI in Paris creative community

Following the appointment of Matthieu Straub as the company’s technical and operational consultant to France and the Benelux countries in the summer of 2019, FilmLight is delighted to announce that it has now established a permanent presence in Paris. By sharing premises with ARRI France, FilmLight is developing a strong hub for creative and technical knowledge and events.

The hub will host the first of FilmLight’s Colour Day workshops in 2020, on 28 January. One of the advantages of sharing the centre with ARRI is that it underlines the seamless workflows from camera to finish, using the BLG format for render-free viewing and creativity. The BLG grading metadata is stored in the ARRIRAW and QuickTime headers, ensuring the content and its look are permanently linked.

The Paris Colour Day on 28 January, aimed at creatives and technicians in production and post production, will see FilmLight’s workflow specialists, Straub and Thomas Eberschveiler unveil new FilmLight tools. Attendees will also hear from guest colourist Stéphane Azouze about his collaboration with directors Anastasia Mikova and Yann Arthus-Bertrand on the recent award-winning documentary ‘Woman’. Finally, colour scientist Florine Bel will share her image expertise and discuss her work developing film aesthetics, colour spaces and conversions.

The shared space has already hosted successful events, including a workshop day for DITs. Led by Straub, with guest speakers from Netflix and from post house Mikros, the group discussed the latest developments in colour space management and workflows. ARRI’s presence allowed the discussion to include ARRI Looks and how they can be incorporated into FilmLight BLG post production. In the demonstration area, they featured an ARRI ALEXA camera feeding Prelight and Daylight software, allowing the delegates to experiment with look development and make comparisons between standard and high dynamic range colour spaces.

Explaining the importance of bringing together creative artists and technicians, FilmLight’s Matthieu Straub said “My background is as a digital image technician, and I know how directors and cinematographers are increasingly relying on DITs to find technical solutions to their demanding creative requirements. “Our intention is to use our demonstration and meeting space here on the Rue René Boulanger to be a place where we can encourage the sharing of knowledge and experiences, to help the French cinema industry achieve ever greater things.”

Tags: FilmLight | ARRI | Paris | Colour Day | Matthieu Straub | workshop | Thomas Eberschveiler | Stéphane Azouze | colourist | colour science | BLG format | Baselight | Prelight | Daylight | MKM Marcomms | MKM Marketing Communications
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Technicolor uses Baselight to create light and shade in His Dark Materials Posted: 18/12/2019
Technicolor uses Baselight to create light and shade in His Dark Materials

One of the most awaited drama series of 2019, His Dark Materials, produced by Bad Wolf for BBC and HBO, was finished at Technicolor in London. With a story set in a parallel universe that seems like the Britain of a century ago, and with fantastic elements such as giant armoured polar bears and ever-present “daemons” – animal representations of the human soul – the production is a tour de force of visual effects, and therefore somewhat demanding of the colourist, Jean-Clément Soret.

“Over the eight episodes of series one there were four directors and DoPs,” Soret explained. “Justin Brown was DoP for the first two episodes, and I had worked with him a lot in the past on commercials so we had a strong understanding of where we wanted to go. I was really happy to be able to collaborate with him again.

“Justin shot some tests – with the real locations, actors and costumes – in both 35mm and digital,” he continued. “It always surprises me how different film looks! What the tests did was allow us to create a core feel. The decision was also made to add a bit of subtle film grain throughout the episodes. The Technicolor colour science team in LA then created a LUT for Baselight, which gave us that same film feel with the digital footage.”

One of the challenges of the story – based on a trilogy of novels from Philip Pullman – is that each human character has a daemon, and humans are rarely seen on screen without their daemons around them. That meant a large number of VFX shots to insert the CGI daemons. “I found that when it came to the integration of the VFX, contrast and colour was key. The film LUT, together with the control of sharpness and softness from Baselight, was a great help.”

The first series – based on Northern Lights, the opening novel of the trilogy – moves from an Oxford college bathed in warm sunshine to “The North”, Pullman’s name for the Arctic, where the first battles take place. “We may have set the feel in the first episode, but the story develops through different worlds and different eras, so the grade naturally develops,” Soret said.

“With different directors and DoPs across the series, the colourist has to provide the backbone of the look, to create consistency while respecting each cinematographer,” he added. “Baselight allowed me to set the key looks then develop them naturally, freeing me from a constrained palette and allowing us to create a convincing visualisation of this rich and complex story.”

As well as remarkable creative control, the Baselight grading facilities at Technicolor also provided critical support in the workflow, by giving free access to all the raw footage from the series as well as the VFX shots as they developed. The practicalities of creating eight hours of premium drama in a television timescale meant that grading on specific episodes took place when directors and DoPs were available for supervision. That meant that Jean-Clément Soret could be working on three or four episodes at any one time.

The result is an engaging, enthralling drama that looks ravishing and chilling in turn. This first series is broadcast on BBC1 and HBO in November and December, while the second series is already in production.

Tags: FilmLight. Technicolor | Baselight | His Dark Materials | colour grading | Jean-Clément Soret | Justin Brown | Philip Pullman | colour science | creative control | colour consistency | convincing visualisation | MKM Marcomms | 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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Jellyfish Pictures Expands Operation with New Virtual Animation Studio in Sheffield Posted: 31/05/2019
Jellyfish Pictures Expands Operation with New Virtual Animation Studio in Sheffield

BAFTA and multi-award winning VFX and animation studio, Jellyfish Pictures, today announced the opening of a new virtual animation facility in Sheffield. The move continues Jellyfish Pictures’ pioneering efforts, after creating Europe’s first virtual VFX studios back in 2017. The new site is the company’s fifth studio in the UK and is in addition to Jellyfish Pictures’ established studios in Fitzrovia, Central London, Brixton, South London and Oval, South London.

Tags: vfx | animation | teradici | pixit | media | technology | film | science | cg | visual development
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Oulu University of Applied Sciences Creates Collaborative Learning Spaces With Coalesce From Black Box Posted: 30/01/2019
Oulu University of Applied Sciences Creates Collaborative Learning Spaces With Coalesce From Black Box
Black Box, an industry-leading provider of pro AV connectivity and signal distribution systems, today announced that the Oulu University of Applied Sciences in northern Finland has used the Black Box Coalesce™ all-in-one videoconferencing and wireless presentation system to transform its lecture halls and classrooms into true collaborative spaces.
Tags: Oulu University | Applied Sciences | Collaborative Learning Spaces | Black Box | Coalesce Wireless Presentation System | Simpler | Faster | In-Room Collaboration | IT Issues | Costs
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DoPchoice Intro Light Shaping Gear to Enhance New LED Lights Posted: 30/01/2019
DoPchoice Intro and rsquo;s Light Shaping Gear to Enhance New LED Lights

To meet the needs of the industry’s fastest growing sector, lighting accessary-maker DoPchoice will introduce new products at BSC 2019. DoPchoice innovations include gear for the latest LED offerings from KinoFlo, DMG, Hudson Spider, Astera, Quasar Science, BB&S Lighting, and Fargo, as well as the new extra-versatile RABBIT-EARS® X-Crossover mounting system that allows more sizes and multiple fixtures to be used with a single SNAPBAG® snap-up soft box system.

Tags: DoPchoice | dopchoice | bsc | bsc2019 | bsc19 | tech | new | gear | grid | snapbag | universal | maxi | mix | astera | tube | tubes | Quasar Science | Hudson Spider | BB&S Lighting | X-Crossover | RABBIT-EARS® | KinoFlo
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Dejero Wins Prestigious Emmy Award for Technology and Engineering Posted: 16/11/2018
Dejero Wins Prestigious Emmy Award for Technology and Engineering
Dejero, an innovator in cloud-managed solutions that provide video transport and Internet connectivity while mobile or in remote locations, has been awarded a prestigious Technology & Engineering Emmy® Award for 'excellence in engineering creativity', honoring a decade of achievements in the field of live transmission driven by its vision of reliable connectivity anywhere.
Tags: Dejero | Emmy® Award | Tehnology and Engineering | outstanding contribution | live transmission | excellence in engineering creativity | reliable connectivity anywhere | Bogdan Frusina | CellSat | National Academy of Television Arts and Science | NATAS | NAB
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AC-ET Showcases Leading LED Broadcast Lighting Solutions at KitPlus Manchester 2018 Posted: 29/10/2018
AC-ET Showcases Leading LED Broadcast Lighting Solutions at KitPlus Manchester 2018

On 6th November, representatives from A.C. Entertainment Technologies Ltd's specialist Film & TV sales team will be at the KitPlus show - MediaCityUK Studios, Manchester - to showcase leading broadcast lighting solutions available from the reseller. The brands offer flexible, efficient alternatives to more traditional studio lighting technologies, without loss of quality or volume of output.

Tags: AC-ET | A.C. Entertainment Technologies | Chroma-Q | Quasar Science | RatPac | Tourflex Cabling | KITPLUS | KITPLUS
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IBC - A.C. Entertainment Technologies Unveils Latest Lighting Solutions and Related Services Posted: 23/08/2018
IBC - A.C. Entertainment Technologies Unveils Latest Lighting Solutions and Related Services

The A.C. Entertainment Technologies Ltd. (AC-ET) stand at IBC will feature an array of specialist TV, Broadcast and Film lighting solutions and related services from leading brands including Chroma-Q®, Quasar Science, RatPac and Tourflex Cabling.

Tags: AC-ET | A.C. Entertainment Technologies | Chroma-Q | Quasar Science | RatPac | Tourflex Cabling | IBC 2018 | IBC 2018
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FilmLights Worldwide Colour Tour brings key industry talents to the stage for IBC2018 Colour Day Posted: 07/08/2018
FilmLights Worldwide Colour Tour brings key industry talents to the stage for IBC2018 Colour Day

FilmLight is to stage one of its hugely popular colour tour masterclasses at IBC2018 (RAI Amsterdam) on Sunday 16 September. This intensive day of live presentations and practical discussions is designed to guide colourists, DoPs and the wider production and post industry through the opportunities and challenges that HDR and new delivery formats bring, via demonstrations of the exceptional colour management and finishing toolset in the latest version of FilmLight’s colour grading system, Baselight v5.

Tags: FilmLight | masterclass | IBC 2018 | colourist | post industry | colour management | Baselight | Maxine Gervais | Sylvain Canaux | Mike Nuget | colour science | colorist | Daniele Siragusano | MKM Marcomms | MKM Marketing Communications | IBC 2018 | IBC 2018
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FilmLight launches worldwide colour masterclass tour Posted: 20/06/2018
FilmLight launches worldwide colour masterclass tour

To help colourists, DoPs and the wider production and post industry understand the opportunities and challenges that HDR and new delivery formats bring, FilmLight is taking intensive and specialist masterclasses on a world tour. Dates are already set for London (15 May), Mumbai (16 May), Hollywood (4 June) and Seoul (7 June), with more to be added.

Tags: FilmLight | Baselight | masterclass | colourist | colorist | colour grading | colour-managed workflow | colour spaces | colour science | grading tool | Filmlight expert | Andy Minuth | Daniel Siragusano | Peter Postma | MKM Marcomms | MKM Marketing Communications
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SMPTE Fellows Robert Ross and Richard Friedel Earn Lifetime Achievement Awards From NATAS Posted: 04/04/2018
SMPTE Fellows Robert Ross and Richard Friedel Earn Lifetime Achievement Awards From NATAS

SMPTE®, the organization whose standards work has supported a century of advances in entertainment technology and whose membership spans the globe, today announced that SMPTE Fellows Robert Ross, senior vice president for East Coast operations at CBS Engineering, and Richard Friedel, executive vice president at FOX Engineering, will receive Lifetime Achievement Awards from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) at the 69th Annual Technology & Engineering Emmy® Awards on April 8 in Las Vegas.

Tags: SMPTE | National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) | awards | media technology | NAB 2018 | NAB 2018
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SMPTE Life Fellow Jonathan Erland Earns Gordon E. Sawyer Award for Technical Contributions to the Industry Posted: 05/03/2018
SMPTE Life Fellow Jonathan Erland Earns Gordon E. Sawyer Award for Technical Contributions to the Industry
SMPTE®, the organization whose standards work has supported a century of advances in entertainment technology and whose membership spans the globe, today announced that SMPTE Life Fellow Jonathan Erland, a pioneering visual effects technologist, has been awarded the Gordon E. Sawyer Award by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). During the Scientific and Technical Awards Presentation, held Feb. 10 in Beverly Hills, Erland was presented with an Honorary Award (an Oscar® statuette) recognizing his technological contributions to the industry.
Tags: SMPTE | Jonathan Erland | Gordon E. Sawyer Award | SMPTE Life Fellow | Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
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SMPTEs Magic and Miracles Book Now Shipping Posted: 15/02/2018
SMPTEs Magic and Miracles Book Now Shipping
SMPTE®, the organization whose standards work has supported a century of advances in entertainment technology and whose membership spans the globe, today announced that "Magic and Miracles: 100 Years of Moving Imaging Science and Technology," a full-color, hardcover book documenting a century of innovation fueled by SMPTE's standards work, is now shipping. The book will remain available at its pre-order price — $59.94 for SMPTE Members and $75 for nonmembers — through March 15.
Tags: SMPTE | Magic and Miracles | Book Now Shipping | Moving Imaging | Science and Technology
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