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Rainmaker Invests in Quantel Pablo

Quantel color grading system meets need for Speed, Flexibility and Colorist-Friendly Environment (March 29, 2006)

Rainmaker, Western Canadas premiere post-production facility, has purchased a Quantel Pablo color correction system to serve its growing customer base, which includes some of the worlds leading producers of long-form television. 

Rainmaker made its original investment in an eQ system in the summer of 2005. Since then, the facilitys busy schedule posting such shows as the Sci-Fi Channels Stargate Atlantis, among dozens of other TV series, made an upgrade necessary in order to handle the growing volume of work while maintaining the high quality for which Rainmaker is known. 

?The principal reason we put in the eQ with QColor in the first place was to do color correction, says Rainmaker President Barry Chambers. ?That was our main goal. But we needed to increase our capabilities, so as soon as the Pablo came out, adding it was the natural thing to do. 

Quantel designed Pablo with the needs of post houses like Rainmaker in mind. It is a state-of-the-art color grading system that features a unique combination of Quantels purpose-built  hardware in combination with enormously flexible color correction software, resulting in a powerful non-linear color grading environment. 

?We made our decision to upgrade to Pablo after seeing a prototype at NAB in 2005, says Bill Hammond, Chief Engineer, Rainmaker. ?Colorists will tell you that having real knobs and buttons, and not having to deal with a mouse and pen, makes it all a much faster experience. 

?Pablo lets colorists do color timing quicker, adds Chambers. ?They dont have to go through endless menus. Theres a comfort zone there. Plus, the Quantel user interface is widely accepted and reliable. 

In addition to speed and efficiency, Rainmaker was looking for versatility. ?Basically, when we started looking for a non-linear color corrector, we were also looking to expand what we could do, says Hammond. ?The appeal of the Quantel system was that it can also do many other things; the manipulations that it allows are superb. And we can use it to conform shows if we need to. 

Another advantage of the Pablo upgrade is a considerable increase in storage capacity for Rainmaker. Before the addition, the suite had four hours of capacity at 24 frames in HD. ?Now were going to about six hours, says Hammond. ?Not only that, but its also easy to add yet another six hours on the Pablo. Its just a matter of another disc array. 

?We do mostly long-form television, says Chambers, ?so we have to deal with a lot of show content. We are receiving material on all film, SD and HD formats. Quantels Pablo is able to deal with all of it, and its extra capacity, flexibility and speed are important for us. 

?We couldnt be happier that Rainmaker is taking full advantage of the qualities and capabilities of Pablo, says Steve Owen, Quantels Head of Product Marketing - Post and DI. Vancouver is the third-largest production market in North America and we are delighted that this dynamic community has the opportunity to experience the ease of use that Pablo offers not only colorists, but all creatives in post-production. 

About Rainmaker

Rainmaker is a post-production and visual effects company with a twenty-five year history of technical excellence and outstanding service. From its origins in the pioneering west coast post house Gastown Productions, Rainmaker has grown into one of North America's pre-eminent post-production service providers. Rainmaker's facility in Vancouver provides producers with an array of post production services ranging from traditional film developing to the very latest digital image processing techniques. For more information, visit 

About Quantel

Quantel is dedicated to creating the most powerful and efficient tools for content creation and production in the digital age. 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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