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Imagica Corp. Unveils Film Recording Preview Concept at NAB

(April 05, 2002)
IMAGICA Corp. today announced that they will introduce a new concept for digital intermediate-based film recording, the "Cinema Color Preview System", which combines the technologies of its IMAGER XE digital film scanner and its color management software, Galette.

As the film industry starts to utilize the digital intermediate process, the demand for effective color management has become stronger than ever. The current practice - managing colors on a CRT monitor - has limitations because the monitor's color reproduction characteristic is widely different from that of film. The new system, which IMAGICA Corp. proposes, effectively simulates on an electronic display the colors to be reproduced on film.

Mr. Makoto Tsukada, General Manager of Engineering Solutions Division at IMAGICA Corp., says, "The IMAGER XE digital film scanner has now become a tool for digital intermediate process, and are not limited only to the traditional use for visual effects. Facilities such as WETA Digital ("Lord of the Rings") and E-Film ("We Were Soldiers") recently utilized the IMAGER XE to digitize the movies from the beginning to the end, and then color graded the digital data. We expect to see increasing use of our scanner for this application. Our color previewing system will provide a high quality yet cost effective solution that will meet the needs of post-production facilities as they increasingly move into the digital intermediate arena."

The IMAGER XE(r), designed as a true scanner, scans 4096 pixels across a 35mm Academy frame and provides true bit depth of FIDO 10-bit with a full RGB color space (14bit A/D), as well as consistent color and density, frame after frame. It scans 4 seconds/frame for 2K and 8 seconds/frame for 4K resolution. In addition to 35mm, the IMAGER XE(r) also supports 16mm and Super 16. Galette(tm) is a color management system able to achieve a faithfully accurate transfer of computer graphics (CG) or animation image displayed on CRT monitors, to film prints. Galette(tm) does a color space transfer based on a color science. This improves the color and tone reproduction of film recording.

About IMAGICA Corp.
IMAGICA Corp., Tokyo, Japan, founded in 1935, is one of the largest post-production facilities in Japan, and a leader in the entertainment industry in providing the best 3D computer graphics tools. For further information, contact: IMAGICA Corp. Japan, 2-14-1 Higashi-gotanda, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo, Japan, +81-3-3280-1375 (ext:5008) telephone, +81-3-3280-1308 fax,

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