March 13, 2014
By Josephine Tay
LONDON – FilmLight is focusing its NAB2014 presence on four of its most creative and industry-leading partners – Codex, Dolby, The Foundry and Sony. With innovative and highly cost-efficient technologies being shown for the first time across the exhibition, this year’s visitors will be able to experience the best colour management solutions in a real-world context – as part of a collaborative, creative workflow.
New at NAB is a collaboration which links the Codex Vault to Baselight, allowing grading decisions made on-set with the Baselight FLIP real-time image processor to be rendered into dailies deliverables on Vault – including Avid, Apple, or other deliverables with audio sync and comprehensive metadata support. Metadata is stored in the same OpenEXR-based BLG file format used by Baselight and Baselight Editions, so grading decisions can be passed seamlessly and transparently from set to editorial, VFX to grade.
The Codex booth also features Baselight Dailies as part of a complete camera-to-post solution. Baselight Dailies is an exciting new addition to FilmLight’s colour range, designed for mobile post-production on location. It will be offered as a cost-effective and intuitive software solution, running on standard Mac hardware. Baselight Dailies forms part of an integrated end-to-end FilmLight workflow with Baselight finishing systems, Baselight Editions, Baselight FLIP and other FilmLight products.
This complete workflow can be seen on the Codex booth (C6048).
Alongside Dolby Laboratories, FilmLight will present high dynamic range (HDR) mastering and grading, featuring the new Dolby Vision technology on Baselight’s high-performance colour grading system. Dolby Vision, which launched at the recent CES exhibition, improves the quality of each individual pixel by providing high dynamic range (HDR) and a wider colour gamut. This new partnership combines both companies’ technical leadership and creates a dramatically improved video experience with true-to-life brightness, colours, and contrast. Visitors to the Dolby booth (SU1702) will be able to discover the complete Dolby Vision ecosystem, including a remarkable 4000 nit P3 high contrast display.
Recognising that post-production today calls for excellent colour control in visual effects as well as in a dedicated grading suite, FilmLight has been working with The Foundry on the innovative new Baselight for Nuke. Baselight for Nuke gives VFX artists the ability to accurately preview fully graded shots, resulting in better compositing control while alleviating the need for additional amends due to changes made in colour correction. The new Baselight for Nuke can be seen on The Foundry booth (SL6329).
Sony has long led the way with high-resolution digital cinematography cameras. As a long-standing partner, FilmLight has collaborated with Sony to help form some of the most powerful creative platforms. At NAB2014 it is showing its support for the latest enhancements to the F55 camera, S-log 3 and S-gamut 3 Cine colour space modes. The greater dynamic range and wider colour gamut, handled by Baselight for dailies and finishing, can be seen on the Sony booth (C11001).
“All the feedback we get from our users worldwide is about how well Baselight fits into the practical post workflow,” said Wolfgang Lempp, co-founder of FilmLight. “That is no accident: we play well with other top-end creative tools because we devote a lot of energy to our partnerships with other developers.
“At this year’s NAB we are showcasing these partnerships and demonstrating true cost saving opportunities. For the professional, the real return on investment comes through simplified, efficient workflows combined with the best technologies available.”
FilmLight’s US distributor CineSys Oceana will also have a Baselight demonstration, together with a Blackboard control surface, in the Renaissance Hotel, for presentations by appointment.