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CineForm Ships I-J2K Suite to Support Post-Production for the Thomson Grass Valley Infinity CamcorderCineForm Software Offers Online 10-Bit Workflow on Windows and Mac for Infinity J2K-MXF Source Media (July 24, 2008)
SOLANA BEACH, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 07/24/08 -- CineForm®, Inc. today announced it is now shipping I-J2K Suite, software it developed in collaboration with Thomson to support online post-production workflows for the Thomson Grass Valley(TM) Infinity(TM) Digital Media Camcorder. When combined with CineForm's Prospect HD or Neo HD software, I-J2K Suite will convert Infinity's JPEG2000 MXF files in real time to 10-bit CineForm Intermediate files which are cross-platform compatible with many post-production tools including Adobe® CS3 Production Suite, Apple Final Cut Studio, and others.
"Infinity is one of the few HD cameras that delivers extremely high visual fidelity by recording into a 10-bit format," said John Naylor, Director of Infinity Series for Thomson. "It is also important that the high visual quality of our files is preserved throughout post production. Infinity content is based on open, non-proprietary standards and we encourage its adoption through our Open Alliance Partner program, so it was natural for us to partner with CineForm to develop the necessary software tools to preserve source fidelity and to enable an end-to-end post workflow that is compatible with both Windows and Mac."
"At CineForm we helped pioneer online compression-based post workflows that preserve the highest image quality from camera to final delivery," said David Taylor, CEO of CineForm. "Extending our software to embrace the Infinity camcorder was a perfect fit for our existing workflows on both Windows and Mac. Our design focus during development of I-J2K Suite was to maintain the high source image quality of Infinity files while ensuring cross-platform compatibility using our existing Prospect HD and Neo HD products."
I-J2K Suite for Infinity
CineForm's I-J2K Suite works with CineForm's existing Prospect HD and Neo HD products to support Infinity post workflows in two ways. First, it can convert Infinity JPEG2000 MXF files to 10-bit CineForm Intermediate AVI or MOV files that maintain full image fidelity of the original files. Converted files are compatible on both Windows and Mac, and support most third-party NLE products such as Adobe CS3 Production Suite and Apple Final Cut Studio. Second, I-J2K Suite can replace the MXF wrapper surrounding Infinity JPEG2000 files with an AVI wrapper allowing compatibility with traditional DirectShow applications such as Windows Media Player. Because the underlying video compression is untouched, the rewrap process is very fast, and allows on-location shot review of Infinity files.
Pricing and Availability
The Windows version of I-J2K Suite is available for purchase from CineForm's online store (www.cineform.com/index.asp) for $99 per seat. A fully-functional Trial version that includes a watermark is available from the Downloads page on CineForm's website. CineForm's Prospect HD and Neo HD are accompanying products for I-J2K Suite, and are also available as Trial downloads or for purchase from CineForm's online store for $999 and $599 respectively.
A native Mac version of I-J2K Suite will be available late summer for $99 that includes CineForm's JPEG2000 QuickTime decoder allowing compatibility with QuickTime applications.
About CineForm and CineForm Intermediate
CineForm, Inc., located in Solana Beach, California, develops compression-based software products used by filmmakers, television productions, and videographers for online content creation workflows up to 4K spatial resolution. Offering the industry's highest fidelity compression technology, CineForm software is used within industry standard production tools on both Windows and Mac platforms for direct-to-disk camera recording, high-resolution post-production, and long-term content archives. For more information, contact CineForm at 858-345-2645, or visit CineForm's website at www.cineform.com.
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