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Cine-tal Ships Cinemage Intelligent Display Server

Facilities in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and London purchase systems (February 10, 2006)
Cine-tal is now shipping its Cinemage Intelligent Display Server, providing unprecedented levels of image display and processing for digital cinematographers, while facilitating communication and collaboration with post production and other production partners. Cine-tals proprietary Intelligent Display Server (IDS) technology revolutionizes monitoring for digital cinema cameras by converting the monitor into an intelligent network appliance. Available for rental in L.A., Chicago, New York and London Receiving the first shipments of the Cinemage IDS system are Clairmont Camera in Los Angeles, Fletcher Camera in Chicago, Abel Cine Tech with offices in New York City and Los Angeles, and ARRI Media in London. ?The Cinemage product provides a lighter and more versatile monitoring system compared to traditional CRT based monitors said Denny Clairmont of Clairmont Camera.

?The color calibration and color management that is built into the system provides accurate color pre-visualization on set. In Chicago, Tom Fletcher of Fletcher camera has been testing the Cinemage system since August. ?It is lighter and more rugged than CRT based monitors said Fletcher, ?The fact that it is a network based appliance embraces the concept that our industry is moving towards an integrated digital workflow from. Abel Cine Tech in New York City has put the system to work in both production and post-production. ?The Cinemage system allows post-production facilities to collaborate in real time with the production team while they are on the set. Because the DP can see a color-corrected image in addition to the raw camera output, he can make better creative decisions related to color, composition and lighting, commented Peter Abel. On-Set with Dave Stump, ASC Dave Stump recently completed production of the indie feature ?What Love Is using the Cinemage IDS system.

?On the set the Cinemage monitor enabled me to color correct 10 bit log images, providing confidence to me, the director, the producers, the talent, and our investors. The Thomson Viper Filmstream material look absolutely beautiful and the Cinemage monitor gave us all a very accurate representation of the eventual final look that we were going for. Said Stump, ?This is the future of on set HD viewing. Intelligent Display Server Technology The innovative IDS technology drives a host of production operations, including image processing, multi-camera monitoring, signal routing, frame grabs, and color pre-visualization. Integrated into IDS is OmniTek video test and measurement all in a networked environment. IDS includes a powerful image processor that generates real time data about the HD video stream. This data is used to generate waveform, vectorscope, gamut information, and the status of the incoming video signal. To harness the array of display technologies available today, IDS provides display calibration and profiling for its integrated LCD display, as well as external monitors or projectors driven by its DVI output.

In addition to display profiling, a real-time 3D Color Look Up Table allows users to load and manipulate LUTs for color pre-visualization on any incoming source. Enhancing collaboration between production partners, IDS converts the monitor into a network appliance, so all functions and data operations can be performed over a LAN, WAN, or wireless network. Any device with a web browser, including PDAs and web-enabled cell phones, can remotely query, manipulate, or adjust the IDS architecture. ?By re-defining the function of the monitor in the digital work-flow, weve created a technology to optimize collaboration between production team members on set, as well as their post production partners and clients, explains Rob Carroll, president of Cine-tal. ?With IDS technology, the production team on set can share image data, load and manipulate color pre-visualization, grab or store still frames, as well as view and insert ancillary data. Internal to IDS is the OmniTek waveform monitor and vectorscope. OmniTek is quickly becoming the world leader in HD video test and measurement.

We are excited to feature their technology integrated into Cine-tals IDS. IDS also provides signal routing and display for up to four HD inputs, assisting in camera setup and monitoring. ?The technology also provides full network integration -- LAN, WAN, SAN, NAS, or wireless network. Seamless network integration allows communication between team members on set, their post production facilities, other production partners, or the client, Carroll added. ?This allows for better decision making and analysis during production, creating efficiencies throughout the entire work-flow. Cinemage Series Products Developed for cinema professionals, the Cinemage series features full resolution 24 HD monitoring with Intelligent Display Server (IDS) technology in a rugged housing designed for the harsh environments found in remote productions. The product line is comprised of four models offering a variety of configurations for HD-SDI inputs and outputs, DVI in and out, and HD Dual Link support.

Cinemage systems start at $8,500 US for a two input/two output HD-SDI configuration with IDS technology. Systems can be configured for up to four HD-SDI inputs or two HD-SDI Dual Link inputs, two HD-SDI outputs or one Dual Link output, and DVI in and out. Other options include calibration, waveform monitor and vectorscope, a test signal generator, on-board primary color grading. About Cine-tal Cine-tal develops High Definition video and digital cinema products for cinematographers, videographers and post production professionals. Our technology focuses on visual collaboration, image processing, and image display.

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