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MVI Post Selects da Vinci's 2K Plus for HD Facility Upgrade

System used to correct tsunami videos for National Geographic Channel feature (March 03, 2005)

da Vinci Systems today announced that MVI Post, a digital post-production facility located just outside Washington, D.C., has recently completed its transition to high definition with upgrades that include the addition of a 2K Plus suite with Colorist Toolbox. Replacing da Vinci's venerable Renaissance DUI 888 standard definition color corrector, the 2K Plus suite has provided MVI Post with a vast array of new features that complement its high-definition capabilities.

"While the DUI 888 has served us well, there is no comparison to the new 2K Plus," said Frank Maniglia, Jr., senior editor and director of photography at MVI Post. "With the 2K Plus, one's imagination is the only limitation. As far as I'm concerned, the more bells and whistles a color enhancement system has, the happier I am. By taking advantage of the 2K Plus' powerful Colorist Toolbox, Power Tier, Defocus, and Power Grade features, we can now do an almost unlimited amount of effects."

With the 2K Plus, MVI Post Colorist Greg Conners is able to leverage several optional features, starting with a Power Tier that adds two more channels of image processing. Each channel has its own PowerWindow in circular and quadrilateral shapes and Supervector qualifier for hue, saturation, and luminance. Defocus, which also includes its own PowerWindow and specialized color processing channel, enhances control over depth of field and enables users to apply popular soft light and glow effects for all image resolutions. The Colorist Toolbox works with Defocus to provide four additional enhanced PowerVectors, each with key defocus, inside/outside color enhancement and PowerWindows, and special effects filters including additional defocus and fog effects.

"The best part of the Colorist Toolbox is that you can make hundreds of variations on the preset effects that it includes," added Maniglia. "Each one can be adjusted in numerous ways, and with Power Grade you can store those effects and make them available for other sessions or colorists." Power Grade is a standard feature of the 2K Plus system that allows users to recall stored image styles and effects easily.

MVI Post's new system, which da Vinci installed with assistance from house engineer Buster Pulley, is integrated with two Snell & Wilcox products -- Niagra for noise reduction and Ukon to provide upconversion, downconversion, and crossconversion between SD and HD. According to Maniglia, the 2K Plus controls the two Snell & Wilcox devices very well.

Shortly after the new high-definition equipment went live in early January, MVI Post used it to tackle "Tsunami: Day of Destruction," a major project for National Geographic Channel on the tsunami that shattered much of South Asia's coast on Dec. 26, 2004. Because the disaster took the region by surprise, home videos were the primary source of footage used in the program. As colorist, Conners had to deal with a variety of extreme quality problems common to amateur recordings, especially those made in the face of natural disaster.

"The worst problems with the videos included high noise levels, white balance inconsistencies, overexposed skies, and too-gray black levels," said Conners. "I used every last capability on each board in our new 2K Plus system to enhance the footage, from Defocus to reduce noise in dark areas to the Colorist Toolbox for color correction. The system performed well, and the show was widely watched, becoming one of National Geographic Channel's highest-rated programs ever."

The 2K Plus is the latest generation of da Vinci's Emmy Award-winning 2K color enhancement system. It provides true gamma curve adjustment capabilities with increased gamma range, overlapped qualifiers so multiple secondary corrections can be applied to the same qualified area, an improved fixed-vector system, and a more flexible key bus. Learn more about the 2K Plus and other da Vinci systems at

About MVI Post
Located just minutes outside of Washington, D.C., in Virginia, MVI Post is a family-owned production facility. In business for over 47 years, MVI Post has serviced a wide range of clients such as National Geographic Channel, PBS, A&E, FOX Cable, Discovery Networks, AIG, NASA, and many advertising, political, public relations, and government agencies.

About da Vinci Systems, Inc.
da Vinci Systems, an Acterna Inc. company, is the leading provider of color enhancement and image restoration products used in post-production facilities worldwide. Incorporating the company's EmmyŽ Award-winning technology, da Vinci's products support SDTV, HDTV, data, and digital film. Since the introduction of the company's first color corrector in 1984, da Vinci has been a front-runner in the field of image enhancement, shaping color enhancement into the vital role it holds in post production today. The company is headquartered in Coral Springs, Fla., with offices in Los Angeles, New York, London, Paris, Germany, and Singapore.

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