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Ciprico Announces Compatibility with IRIDAS SpeedGrade DI

Real-time 4k color grading with IRIDAS? new film finishing application (November 16, 2005)

Ciprico Inc. announced that its MediaVault 4210 RAID system has been certified for use with IRIDAS SpeedGrade DI. When paired, these technologies provide a complete color grading and film finishing solution for 2k and 4k workflows, offering a cost-effective entry into the exploding DI market for facilities of any size.

The MediaVault 4210 array brings together the most advanced 4Gb Fibre Channel interface technology with cost-effective ATA drives, providing up to 4TB per enclosure. A single 4210 system provides more than 500MB/s throughput, more than adequate for recording and playback at 2k. Three units striped together provide greater bandwidth than the 1.2GB/s needed for 4k, at a cost of less than $40K. Combined with NVIDIA Quadro FX graphics hardware and IRIDAS SpeedGrade DI, these systems offer exceptional power and value.

SpeedGrade DI quarterbacks the industrys first complete color pipeline and infrastructure by offering full interoperability with IRIDAS look management tools and post production playback technologies. SpeedGrade DI combines a full set of color grading and film finishing tools with industry-leading usability.

?SpeedGrade is proof of the tremendous benefits of the new generation of software-based tools in the digital cinema workflow industry, said James Hansen, Ciprico President and CEO. ?Our mission is to build the most powerful digital pallets and archives to allow artists working with tools such as SpeedGrade to create great content in a shorter time span and at lower cost. IRIDAS is a leader in its field and we are proud to be associated with them.

?We are delighted to certify the new MediaVault 4210 and 4110 storage systems, said Lin Kayser, IRIDAS CEO. ?Cipricos engineers worked closely with us through the process and the result is a seamless integration with SpeedGrade DI and performance specs for even the most demanding tasks.

IRIDAS pioneered desktop film-resolution playback in 2001. Its FrameCycler products are now the industry standard for frame-based image review. In 2003 IRIDAS introduced the first non-destructive color correction application. Today SpeedGrade and FrameCycler provide a complete, end-to-end pipeline for uncompressed content and color data. IRIDAS' applications are used by most major animation and post-production houses including Warner Bros. Feature Animation, Industrial Light and Magic, The Moving Picture Company, ReelFX, Lowry Digital (DTS), and many others. IRIDAS is an independent, privately held company headquartered in Munich, Germany. For more information visit

About Ciprico
Ciprico designs products and provides system solutions for digital media workflows. Ciprico is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with sales and reseller offices in the United States,  Europe, Japan, and China. More information about Ciprico is available at

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