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Cineric Acquires 2nd da Vinci revival System(December 21, 2004)
da Vinci Systems today announced that Cineric, a New York City-based motion picture film post-production facility, has installed a second da Vinci revival film restoration system, augmenting its existing revival suite and significantly increasing the facility's capacity. Cineric has already used the revival system extensively, including for restoration of "The King and I" and Carousel," both 1956 film adaptations of Rodgers and Hammerstein Broadway musicals. revival's ability to accommodate 4K resolution, and thereby enable work with high-resolution images taken directly from original negatives, was key in the company's purchase decision.
"When we first began looking at film restoration software, we found that da Vinci was making the most and the fastest progress with its technology and was extremely helpful in addressing our needs," said Chip Wilkinson, director of marketing and business development at Cineric. "We wanted restoration software that could handle true 4K resolution, and few companies offered this capability. da Vinci alone provided a solution that truly worked, and we found the company's ability to come up with project-specific solutions very reassuring. This is especially important as we continue to take on high-profile films, each with its own unique problems."
da Vinci's revival is a complete motion picture image restoration system designed for everything from heavy-duty restoration to remastering. The system is resolution independent and handles data and HDTV as easily as SDTV material. Cineric's new revival system offers complete functionality including automatic mode features such as deflicker and dust, stain, blotch, dirt, sparkle, and grain noise removal. The system's interactive mode features tools for more intensive manual work.
"What makes the da Vinci system different is its playback capability, which has proved to be a very valuable tool in examining sequences immediately after clean-up," said Dan DeVincent, digital and restoration specialist at Cineric. "Sometimes it's difficult to see dirt and other subtle artifacts when you're advancing just one frame at a time. With revival, we can look at a sequence right away, at close to real time, to make sure the images are clean. By accommodating true 4K resolution and providing key tools like the automatic deflicker function, revival has dramatically improved the speed at which we can do high-quality work."
More information about da Vinci systems is available at www.davsys.com.
Cineric is New York's leading provider of titles, opticals, and post-production special effects for feature films. The company approaches its work with a wide palette of tools and techniques that includes both optical printing and digital imaging. Over the years, Cineric has worked on numerous New York independent productions as well as large studio productions including "The Sixth Sense," "Before Night Falls," "Lift, Basquiat," "Bringing Out The Dead," "Goodfellas," "In & Out," "Matawan," "Michael," "Philadelphia," "Raging Bull," "The Big Lebowski," "The House of Yes," "The Object of My Affection," and "The Silence of The Lambs." Together, key staff members represent more than 100 years of film laboratory and optical house experience.
The company works in all 35mm formats -- CinemaScope, VistaVision, Super 35, and 3-perf -- and offers services including title design opticals, special effects, blow-ups from 16mm and most smaller formats, both optical and digital spots and trailers, optical printing, digital compositing, format conversions, wire/rig removal, digital retouch, and digital image processing.
About da Vinci Systems, Inc.
da Vinci Systems, an Acterna company, provides SDTV, HDTV, data, and digital film color enhancement technology and film restoration products to the worldwide post-production marketplace. The company has its headquarters in Coral Springs, Fla., with offices in Los Angeles, New York, London, Paris, Germany, and Singapore. Visit da Vinci on the Web at www.davsys.com.
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