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da Vinci 2K Plus Pairs With Thomson's Spirit 4K DataCine

For high-end commercial, media mastering, and digital intermediate markets (September 08, 2004)

da Vinci Systems today announced that its industry-leading 2K Plus color correction system provides support for Thomson's new Grass Valley brand Spirit 4K DataCine, which handles image resolutions up to 4K. Together the two systems provide post-production facilities with unprecedented image quality and enhancement capabilities built on the companies' strong history of technological integration.

"The Spirit 4K is the next generation of our DataCine system, and it's natural that it should operate closely with da Vinci's advanced 2K Plus color correction system to set a new standard for image quality in the high-end commercial, media mastering, and digital intermediate markets," said Rainer Knebel, marketing director for post-production solutions at Thomson Broadcast & Media Solutions. "This product pairing is the next step forward for post-production facilities."

The Spirit 4K system provides stable and precise multiformat film scanning -- with support for Super 35 mm and Academy 35 mm 3-perf, 4-perf, and 8-perf (VistaVision), as well as Standard and Super 16 mm -- at up to 7.5 frames per second even at 4K data resolution. Thomson's Spirit 4K system also features a DataCine capability and an improved feature set with an advanced scanning front end that includes a powerful light source, new customized optics developed by Eastman Kodak, and full RGB scanning technology to provide improved image quality. The robust toolset supplied by da Vinci's 2K Plus allows users to make the most of this picture quality and take image enhancement to a new level.

The 2K Plus controls all facets of the Spirit 4K system via a dedicated interface. SD and HD images can then be enhanced using the wide range of industry features that made the 2K Plus an industry standard. The 2K Plus color enhancement system is an extension of da Vinci's Emmy award-winning 2K product, a real-time color enhancement system with support for multiple standards and resolutions. The 2K Plus provides the latest primary and secondary color correction feature set, along with an enhanced key bus, improved gamma curve adjustment, and isolated defocus using da Vinci's exclusive multiple PowerWindows for the ultimate image enhancement. In addition, the Colorist ToolBox provides individually defocused secondary qualifiers, additional PowerWindows, and special effects filters.

"Colorists at facilities across the globe have embraced the 2K Plus for its superior functionality and flexibility in helping them achieve their clients' creative vision," said Bill Robertson, vice president of marketing and product management at da Vinci Systems. "Like the 2K Plus, the Spirit 4K system represents a technological leap that helps streamline post-production processes while dramatically improving the product that post facilities can offer their customers. Together the two systems open the door to greater creativity, control, and continuity in providing images of the best possible quality."

Visit da Vinci at IBC2004 or at to learn more about the 2K Plus and other da Vinci systems. Learn about the Spirit 4K system and other Grass Valley post-production technologies at

About Thomson
Thomson (Euronext Paris: 18453; NYSE: S) is the leading provider of technology and service solutions for integrated entertainment and media companies. By capitalizing on and expanding its leadership positions at the intersection of entertainment, media, and technology, Thomson provides end-to-end solutions to content creators, video network operators, manufacturers, and retailers through its Technicolor, Grass Valley, THOMSON, and RCA brands. For more information visit

Thomson's Video Network Solutions division develops video and film technologies, products, and services sold to all major Hollywood studios, all major television, satellite, and cable broadcasters under the Technicolor and Grass Valley brand names for the delivery of analog and digital entertainment. The division also includes Thomson's Broadband Access Products Business, which develops technologies and products for broadband and telecommunication networks to deliver digital entertainment and data to consumers and businesses. For information about Grass Valley products from Thomson, please visit

About da Vinci Systems, Inc.
da Vinci Systems, an Acterna company, provides SDTV, HDTV, data, and digital film color enhancement technology and film restoration products to the worldwide post-production marketplace. The company has its headquarters in Coral Springs, Fla., with offices in Los Angeles, New York, London, Paris, Germany, and Singapore. Visit da Vinci on the Web at


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