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Mill Film Installs 5D Cyborg Commander Digital Film Playback Solution

(August 17, 2001)
5D announced that Mill Film, a London-based Academy Award-winning digital visual effects facility has installed 5D Cyborg [Commander], 5D’s new real-time, 2K film and video playback/output solution. Mill Film is one London’s busiest feature film, visual effects companies, and is integrating 5D Cyborg [Commander] into its workflow pipeline to improve daily throughput and overall productivity. Mill Film is also currently evaluating the installation of a second system at its Shepperton Studio base.

Mill Film was launched in 1997 as the feature-film division of highly-respected, commercials visual effects facility The Mill. Earlier this year Mill Film won an Oscar for its visual effects work on Ridley Scott's Roman epic Gladiator. Other high-profile projects completed by the company include Hannibal, Chocolat, Proof of Life, Tomb Raider, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Like Cats And Dogs, A Knight's Tale and Pluto Nash.

5D Cyborg [Commander] is currently being employed in the post production of a raft of projects due for release later this year. The system has been delivered to Mill Film with 50 minutes of 2K storage and is being used initially for the review and quality control of rendered CG sequences. The system will also soon support Mill Film’s 2K compositing systems from Discreet and Nothing Real to enable the real-time viewing of final composites.

“5D Cyborg [Commander] is a vital component in the path Mill Film is expecting to take towards further utilising lower cost compositing packages in feature film visual effects,” said Cyn Langley, chief engineer at Mill Film. “Initially it will be used to improve workflow from 3D to 2D but will provide bigger benefits when it is integrated with lower cost compositing systems that do not provide real-time 2K playback. The support we’ve had from 5D during testing and evaluation of this new product has been tremendous.”

5D Cyborg [Commander] provides a convenient and flexible way to view full-frame SD, HD, CG and film-resolution data, such as daily test composites for movie special effects and 3D content. As soon as the material is output from the originating workstation it can be viewed on Commander. By enabling the viewing of full-frame material on a CRT, or via a digital projector, Commander offers a revolutionary and cost-effective alternative to the traditional process of checking digital dailies by outputting to film.

As with the complete range of 5D Cyborg products, 5D Cyborg [Commander] is delivered as a turnkey solution, that includes certified hardware, monitor, pen and tablet, plus scalable storage configurations initially available with 45 or 90 minutes of 2048 x 1556 (8-bit) storage.

About 5D:
5D is a pioneering developer of visual effects software for IRIX and Windows 2000. 5D products have become an essential commodity for digital artists worldwide, and are used daily to enhance a wide range of film and video projects. 5D Cyborg, a revolutionary integrated effects environment, is designed to improve productivity in post-production by combining a range of advanced, resolution-independent, image-processing tools into a central working environment. 5D Monsters, an acclaimed range of more than 350 visual effects plug-ins, are available for advanced animation and compositing systems including Avid Media Illusion, Fusion, Discreet systems, Jaleo and Softimage DS. 5D Masher is an offline rendering system for Quantel systems, giving access to 5D Monsters and other third party effects.

About The Mill
The Mill is one of the largest, most respected and broad ranging providers of digital content in the world. Founded in 1990 as a technology-based creative service, The Mill produces content for
advertising across all existing, new media and broadband platforms. Mill Film was launched in 1997 to concentrate on visual effects for film and four years later won a Visual Effects Oscar for work on Ridley Scott's Roman epic 'Gladiator'. With bases within Soho, London, Shepperton Studios, and Los Angeles the companies combine superior digital effects talent and technical strength with vast experience in visual effects supervision. The Mill's Shepperton base houses Mill Motion Control, Mill Models and part of the Mill Film visual effects team. Soho is the home of The Mill, Mill Film and the newly launched Mill/lab, the group's interactive division. Over the last two years, The Mill has also been pioneering the delivery of digital media via the internet with In February 2001 original Mill founders Robin Shenfield, Pat Joseph and James Morris bought the company from outside investors for a sum of 25million.

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