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Silicon Color Releases FinalTouch HD

World's First Standalone Real-Time HD Color Correction Software for QuickTime (January 11, 2005)

Silicon Color will showcase the much-awaited real-time HD color correction and grading solution for QuickTime(TM) - FinalTouch HD at MacWorld San Francisco, Jan. 11-14 at ATI's booth (Booth #2217). FinalTouch HD will be shipping after MacWorld, January 2005 for $4,995 USD.

   "We based FinalTouch HD on our successful 2K film product and months of feedback from FinalTouch users and video professionals. Our newest offering addresses the needs of the HD marketplace with features never available in a dedicated HD color correction and grading solution for QuickTime(TM)," said Roland Wood, president and founder of Silicon Color. "FinalTouch HD is without peer in providing real-time color correction, effects and finishing. Our engineers designed it, coded it and optimized it for OSX. With a dual-processor G5 the speed is just incredible. One of our primary design goals was to optimize workflow and provide the best integration with Final Cut Pro via XML."

   "Silicon Color fills a large gap in the creative process of video production with FinalTouch HD. The fact that FinalTouch HD can color correct BlackMagic HD uncompressed 10bit 4:4:4 video in real-time makes the workflow incredibly fast and efficient," said Grant Petty, CEO, BlackMagic Designs. "The engineers at Silicon Color have done an excellent job making the integration of real-time HD/SD color correction completely seamless with our DeckLink product line." 

   Highlights of FinalTouch HD include: 

<li>Primary In - with advanced controls for shadows, midtones, highlights, lift, gamma, gain, hue and saturation, Integrated Vectorscopes, Waveform monitors, Histogram, Multiple Live Grades 

<li>Secondaries - HSL controls with falloff, Hue Auto-Qualify, Additive and Subtractive (RGBCMY) Auto-Qualify, HUE Curves,  Saturation Curves, Luminance Curves, Vignettes, Trackers,  Keyframes 

<li>Color Effects - Node-based color effects for advanced looks and creativity 

<li>Primary Out - Similar to Primary In but with added controls for Broadcast Safe and sophisticated IRE controls 

<li>Geometry - Pan, Scan, Scale, Flip, Flop, Rotate, Motion  Trackers, Keyframes 

<li>Still Store - Unlimited still store for saving shots for comparison using dynamic split screen (vertical, horizontal) 

   FinalTouch HD has enthusiastic customers worldwide; some of their comments are shared below: 

   "I think FinalTouch is a very well thought out product and the most significant creative application to be released in some years. FinalTouch will revolutionise our workflow and creative tool set." --  Dave Blackham - Granada Television - Bristol UK 

   "DigitalFilm Tree is very excited to be entering the Digital Intermediate frontier. Since our beginning, we've helped to transform the post landscape by applying new technologies like Final Cut Pro. Silicon Color's FinalTouch is truly a revolutionary technology for color grading and finishing from SD to 2K. FinalTouch has changed our workflow by enabling much more creativity during grading and color correction. The speed that FinalTouch delivers on Apple's G5 is awesome. Our colorists that began their careers on very expensive hardware-based systems are able to get more shots graded in a session than ever before. The biggest bonus for us was the seamless integration with Final Cut Pro. Workflow is more important than ever in our facility and the integration between Final Cut Pro and FinalTouch is the best use of XML we've seen to date." -- Ramy Katrib  - CEO DigitalFilm Tree - Hollywood 

   "I hate to exaggerate, but FinalTouch is the holy grail for color correction and DI on the Mac. A real-time solution with multiple-grades, secondary color, tracking, color effects, geometry controls, LUTs, integrated rendering, and continuously added features, Silicon Color has not only created the first 2K and HD real-time color solution for the Mac but continues daily to improve their product. No other color software matches its integration and support with Final Cut Pro. As a boutique who offers the same professional quality of work as larger post houses, FinalTouch competes equally against expensive hardware solutions named after dead classical painters. In the digital world, the human dimension cannot be under estimated. So, equally important to their software, Silicon Color has emphasized personal attention in support of our colorists: a remarkable combination." -- David Davidson - Creative Director - Solventdreams LLC 

   "Until FinalTouch came along, I felt powerless over the color correction part of my work. Now I feel totally in control of every aspect of the color. I can really tell a story now with color, which was difficult at best before we found FinalTouch. The real bonus is how it integrates with Final Cut Pro HD. The workflow is the best I have ever seen. I highly recommend Silicon Color as a company and FinalTouch as a color finishing tool." -- Teague Cowley - Owner - Solidity Post 

   "We consider ourselves very lucky to have found Silicon Color. FinalTouch is simply awesome. What we had to go through before was so laborious to get the color correction done. Now our process is fast and we are in control. We knew immediately when we first saw the workflow of FinalTouch that it was the system for us. We also love the fact that it delivers real-time color correction and playback on the G5 from Apple. With a couple of Xserve Raids we are able to grade dpx and Cineon scans very easily and with the new FinalTouch HD, we can color correct HD like never before. We highly recommend Silicon Color." -- Andreas Highlander - CTO - Farmland - Sweden 

   About Silicon Color 

   Silicon Color Inc. is a developer of high-performance, highly scalable color correction systems and applications for the post-production marketplace. Leveraging strengths in video processing, color science and display technologies, Silicon Color designs systems to meet the ever-increasing need for powerful real-time systems that support the resolution requirements of video and film professionals. The company has headquarters in San Diego. For more information visit

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