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Imagineer Systems Releases monet 1.5Unique tool and new features enable cost-effective route for product placement (April 06, 2005)
Imagineer Systems, the UK-based developer of the innovative mokey and monet visual effects tools, announced today the immediate availability of monet 1.5. Aimed at the broadcast, film and video post-production markets, monet is a unique tool offering a start to finish solution for replacing elements in film and video and is being used frequently for product placement. It is available in two versions monet software and monet extreme both of which will be on display at NAB 2005 booth number SL253.
monet 1.5 further enhances the original feature-set, featuring a host of new tools and optimisations that increase its already impressive price/performance ratio. New features include: the ability to work with proxies and dynamically switch between different proxy resolutions; the export of tracking data to Avid DS; support for working with material with 3:2 pull-down; the ability to place an element in 3D space; support for colour highlight and shadow passes and a completely new tool for the extrapolation of tracks to handle shots where an object disappears from the frame.
Optimisation improvements include: better performance when working with HD and film clips; improved overlays; improved keyframe controls and enhanced tracking data export to Shake.
The extreme version of monet 1.5, includes specified hardware, an Aspex Accelera hardware card and an optional SD/HD/2K video I/O by DVS Centaurus and has been designed as a start-to-finish solution for product placement in film and television. Based on Imagineer's unique element replacement technology, the system enables product placement of high quality to be delivered in an efficient and cost effective way as a post-production service. This creates new sources of revenue, adds flexibility and provides an alternative to the conventional 30-second spot now challenged by Personal Video Recorders.
"With monet 1.5 we're taking another great step forward in productivity," comments Allan Jaenicke, Managing Director, Imagineer Systems. "We continually come across companies unable to complete tracks to their satisfaction using other, often extremely costly systems. They then find they can complete the same tracks in a matter of hours or even minutes using monet and our unique 2D planar tracker. monet 1.5 will let them do even more even faster, ensuring that they continue to meet deadlines and keep their clients happy as expectations rise. If you have to track on a regular basis, it's invaluable."
Availability and Cost
Both versions of monet 1.5 are available immediately through authorised partners. The software only version starts at £6,000. Due to individual company requirements monet extreme prices are available from Imagineer Systems Ltd.
Whether working with SD, HD or film, monet provides a solution for handling challenging 2D tracking and element replacement jobs that complements existing finishing systems. Based on Imagineer's unique 2D planar tracking technology, it quickly delivers rock solid tracks where conventional point trackers fail. Combined with this is an easy-to-use and innovative toolset for adding effects such as shadow and highlight passes, per pixel motion blur, warping and more, to assist with complex package replacements, language versioning, screen inserts and so on.
About Imagineer Systems
Imagineer Systems Ltd focuses on research, development and marketing of productivity enhancing visual effects solutions for film, video and broadcast post production. The company was founded in 2000 and is based in Guildford, United Kingdom.
Its other products include mokey, which offers an essential toolset for quickly and accurately repairing image sequences by using the built in tools for wire & rig removal, stabilisation, grain management, lens distortion correction and dewarping to visual effects artists and editors.
For more information visit www.imagineersystems.com.
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