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FilmStream Camera Supports da Vinci On-Set Color Correction

New product integration facilitates on-set visualization and decision-making (June 08, 2004)

da Vinci Systems today announced it has worked with Thomson Broadcast & Media Solutions and S.two Corp to produce a color enhancement and monitoring system that allows directors of photography and colorists to share image-enhancement ideas on-set without changing or compromising the recorded image. The product integration -- which provides for easier and more accurate pre-visualization decisions about composition, lighting, and style to be made on-set during filming -- will be showcased at the Cine Gear Expo, June 11 and 12.

"The combination of the Grass Valley Viper FilmStream Digital Cinematography Camera system from Thomson, S.two's D.MAG recording system, and our on-set color corrector signals a new standard in the production workflow by bringing critical review and visualization capabilities right to the set," said da Vinci VP of Marketing Matthew Straeb. "Traditionally, film negatives have been checked on a next-day basis using rush prints or a telecine. Now, during shooting, the director of photography can provide the director or producers with an immediate visual demonstration of his or her creative intent and preserve those decisions for subsequent implementation by the colorist."

The Viper camera system records a viewable "digital negative" to S.two's DFR field recorder as uncompressed 10-bit RGB data, which is monitored with an on-set version of da Vinci's color corrector. To lessen the difficulty of judging material in its raw state, the integrated solution from da Vinci and Thomson allows the director, cinematographer, and others on-set to pre-visualize the ultimate look of a scene by applying basic color enhancement tools from da Vinci's well-known 2K toolset.

With the integrated system, a color decision list (CDL) is generated by the da Vinci on-set color corrector and stored as metadata with the material or exported via floppy disk or Ethernet for later use on a da Vinci 2K or 2K Plus system at a post-production facility.

"In addition to improving the quality and efficiency of dailies transfers, the joint solution from da Vinci, S.two, and Thomson promises to improve the overall quality of the film by making it easier for key players -- the DP, cinematographer, director, producer, and colorist -- to communicate more accurately about the intended look of the film at each step in production and post-production," added Straeb. "It allows for experimentation and collaboration in a more flexible creative environment."

View da Vinci's products, together with the Grass Valley Viper Digital Cinematography Camera system from Thomson and the S.two DFR disk recording system, at the Cine Gear Expo 2004, June 11 and 12 on the Universal Studios backlot in Los Angeles.

About da Vinci Systems, Inc.
da Vinci Systems, an Acterna Corporation 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


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