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ACHT Purchases Second Quantel eQFrankfurt post house doubles up and upgrades to meets increased demand for HD (January 23, 2006)
Leading Frankfurt post house ACHT has invested in a second Quantel eQ editing/ effects/ grading/ mastering system. ACHT has also upgraded its existing eQ with the new Eiger Media Engine, QColor in-context grading package and full 4:4:4 HD-RGB operation.
ACHTs expansion is the direct result of ever increasing demand for its ?HD without compromise approach to post production, and also for the production of commercials and trailers for the cinema screen for which the HD-RGB-equipped eQ is well suited. ACHTs business is built upon music videos, broadcast design and commercials; it has recently completed high profile projects for Mercedes-Benz, Diet Coke and broadcaster ZDF.
?The demand from our customers for HD productions in growing rapidly, especially for commercials, explains Ralf Drechsler, ACHT Managing Director and lead creative. ?Two systems have become a necessity to enable us to retain the flexibility to be able to make changes very quickly for our customers and also to allow us to take on short notice projects for them.
Drechsler made the decision to purchase the second eQ after seeing the powerful new Eiger hardware and software at IBC in 2005. eQs inherent ability to handle video and computer files and networking alongside each other was also an important driver. ?This means that for customer approval we can export a QuickTime or MPEG file very quickly and easily without disturbing the workflow. Both of ACHTs eQ systems will be networked and have access to a SAN for archive, export and file conforms over the network a new feature in the Eiger 3.5 software.
The upgrade to ACHTs original eQ suite, installed in 2003, includes the new Eiger hardware and software, HD-RGB operation with more than 200 minutes of HD storage and the QColor in-context grading package. Drechsler says the system is perfect for longform HD projects and for digital film recording with HD-RGB, and adds, ?The ergonomic control surface for color correction is much more intuitive than working with numeric values only. This color correction technique is familiar to our customers, so the workflow is much easier for them.
About ACHT Frankfurt
ACHT Frankfurt is a progressive and innovative post production company whose wide variety of services include personal supervision of post production, shooting and project consulting, visual effects for TV-commercials and feature films and most notably the conceptional creation and realisation of remarkable motion graphics. For more information visit www.acht-frankfurt.de
Quantel is dedicated to creating new tools for the new digital age, covering everything from terrestrial and satellite television to broadband internet, DVD and d-cinema. Quantel systems combine industry-leading performance with total scalability in both hardware and software across post production, graphics, digital intermediate, news and sports production for multiple resolution, team-working environments.
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