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FotoKem Adds Second Quantel Pablo Suite

Leading west coast film and digital lab meets growing demand for DI services (November 29, 2005)

Burbank, California-based film and digital lab FotoKem is boosting its image processing and color correction capacity with the addition of a second Quantel Pablo Suite, responding to rising demand for digital intermediate work on feature films and trailers.

?We do digital intermediate for feature film and a tremendous amount of trailer work, says Bill Schultz, Senior Vice President and General Manager of FotoKem Digital Film Services. ?Pablo is the ideal system for the kind of quick yet sophisticated image processing we do on a constant basis for our clients.

When FotoKem acquired its first Pablo Suite two months ago, it decided at that time to also convert its existing Quantel iQ system to a second full-blown Pablo Suite. This was a major undertaking; the Pablo Suite is based on all-new hardware, including disk architecture and media processing. ?Its a forklift upgrade for our original iQ system, Schultz explains.

Quantels Pablo combines powerful, new-generation image-processing hardware with highly versatile color correction software in a totally integrated color grading environment. It was designed by colorists for colorists and builds on Quantels ground-breaking QColor in-context grading option for iQ and eQ. Pablos intuitive heads-up interface and vast toolset make color correction a fast, creative and highly versatile process.

Because the Pablo Suite is built on the foundations of Quantels eQ and iQ systems, it is also a complete digital intermediate system with a proven a business model. The Pablo Suite also taps the enormous extra power and creative tools of Quantels new Eiger hardware and software, and the revolutionary Time Magic facility, which takes the waiting out of rendering.

Quantels color correction toolset was used by FotoKem on such films as Lord of War, The Lords of Dogtown, Serenity, The Devils Rejects and Hoodwinked.

?FotoKems decision to upgrade to Pablo is based on the increased demand for digital intermediate for features and tremendous amount of new trailer work, says Schulz. He adds that Pablo will be used immediately on projects for Universal, Sony Pictures and Warner Bros., among others.

Each Pablo suite can be loaded with several projects simultaneously. With multiple shifts of digital artists working around the clock, Pablo can greatly contribute to volume of work FotoKem produces, and to the facilitys overall efficiency. Now with two Pablo Suites in-house, ?we can work on even more projects at the same time, notes Schultz.

?Pablo is a tremendous color correction system, he adds. ?It also has advanced conform capability, and Quantels QScribe provides a useful graphics adjunct. One of the best features of iQ is that its an integrated solution for virtually all the needs of trailer production or DI. No other machine out there is as full-featured as this.

With the addition of the second Quantel Pablo suite, FotoKem becomes an undisputed leader in the digital film community. ?It definitely puts us at the top of the scene in terms of technical quality and it allows FotoKem to provide the best creative experience for our clients, says Schultz.

About FotoKem
FotoKem, is a full service facility that serves the film industry, combining full-scale laboratory services with advanced digital finishing. For more than four decades the company has set the standard in providing film processing and printing services. As the industry adopted digital technology, FotoKem expanded into video and audio postproduction, storage, duplication, distribution, digital media management and digital film services. FotoKem continues to develop new ways to command the field of digital media production and the film services industry by looking for new technologies and creating better ways to serve its clients.

About Quantel
Quantel is dedicated to creating new tools for the new digital age, covering everything from terrestrial and satellite television to broadband internet, DVD and d-cinema. Quantel systems combine industry-leading performance with total scalability in both hardware and software across post production, graphics, digital intermediate, news and sports production for multiple resolution, team-working environments.

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