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da Vinci to Unveil New Products at NAB 2006

Showcasing an expanded product line based on its Resolve (February 01, 2006)

The innovation and genius of da Vinci that have made it the cornerstone of color enhancement continues to evolve as the company shows its industry-standard products for the DI (digital intermediate) workflow at NAB2006. da Vinci will be showcasing an expanded product line based on its Resolve® digital mastering suite. Supported by three distinct hardware configurations and its exclusive PowerPlant programmable hardware acceleration, the Resolve FX, Resolve DI, and Resolve RT systems are each designed to address specific post-production applications and are optimized for varying resource demands. All feature da Vinci's Emmy® Award-winning color enhancement toolset combined with non-linear conforming tools.

Resolve FX is an excellent entry-level solution for studios wanting to offer file-based, nonlinear color enhancement and conforming work -- making it ideal for processing and matching short clips in a less-demanding digital intermediate workflow. Resolve FX is equipped with PowerPlant, da Vinci's software-programmable image-processing accelerator. For facilities new to the realm of DI, the FX is a versatile solution that can be upgraded by adding additional PowerPlants as volume and time demands increase.

With two PowerPlants for enhanced processing power, Resolve DI is the perfect fit for digital intermediate projects calling for a substantial volume of color-look creation and conforming. When ultimate speed performance is required, the Resolve DI can be reconfigured and upgraded to the RT system.
Resolve RT is the top-of-the-line system, optimized for studios requiring speed, flexibility, efficiency, and high-volume throughput. Resolve RT addresses the specific needs of true real-time image processing in film, digital intermediate, and video finishing applications. Greatest speed and performance are delivered with PowerGrid, a unique set of da Vinci-exclusive programmable PowerPlant accelerator boards that deliver real-time, multilayered color correction on full-film-resolution images, not just proxies. Also featured are conforming tools, a file browser, a formatter, and real-time waveform monitoring of data, a unique capability that allows colorists to view simultaneously a vectorscope, parade, or histogram display of the color grades they're applying.

All of the configurations in the Resolve product line provide superior workflow efficiency with an open architecture that provides a direct connection to local storage or to a SAN. Fully integrated with ADIC StorNext® and SGI CXFS network file systems, this totally nonlinear approach allows flexibility and speed, while maintaining the comfort of the da Vinci traditional control panels.

New da Vinci 2K Plus Version 4.0 Features

At NAB2006 da Vinci will be demonstrating an improved toolset for its 2K Plus, the industry's leading color enhancement system and the most widely used system in digital intermediate (DI) applications. da Vinci experts will be showing how this versatile product, synonymous with the term "color correction," can be utilized in both linear and nonlinear applications to accomplish a digital intermediate workflow. Demonstrations of the long-sought-after ColorTrace option will impress colorists with a "five-second solution to the five-hour problem." ColorTrace enables colorists to update CDLs (color decision lists) automatically to match any editorial changes made to the program material, saving hours of manual copying and list manipulation. Other Version 4.0 features on display will include four independent PowerVectors -- for quadrupling available defocus areas -- and a unique Toolbox2 effects area that delivers image and matte defocus for both In Window and Out of Window corrections, using onboard PowerWindows combined with key signals or a PowerVector qualifier.

Integration of Revival Image Restoration With Resolve

With the integration of da Vinci's Revival image restoration system into the company's Resolve digital mastering suite, colorists now have direct access to a robust set of restoration tools while completing color grading. This integration saves post houses time, money, and hassle by eliminating the need for moving data between workstations, allowing colorists to address unexpected restoration tasks without delay. With this new platform, facilities are able to operate an image restoration toolset concurrent with digital color grading, without having to purchase additional hardware.

Also new for the Revival is an improved grain- and noise-reduction tool. By isolating both high- and low-frequency noise, this high-quality noise reduction feature will allow the user to make adjustments to noise independent to grain. The improved toolset also enables repair of dye fading over multiple frames.

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