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On-Set Color & Dailies Workstation info

On-Set Color & DIT Workstation for 2D and 3D / HD,2K,4K,5K & 6K 

 Features Include;

*  Media readers for Red Dragon/Epic/Scarlet, Arri Alexa/Alura, Sony F3/F5/F55, Canon        C100/C300/C500
*  Live Grading capability for 2 cameras / Cam A & Cam B
*  Live iPad dailies with metadata notes using Teradek Cube
*  3D footage alignment features
*  Red Rocket X Accelerator card for realtime transcodes and playback of Red RD3 – 4K, 5K,     6K footage
*  Color calibrated grading quality monitoring and computer screen  (ECinema & NEC)
*  12 terabyte Raid 5 mini-SAS storage with mirroring redundancy for safe storage
*  Tangent Wave color surface for color and levels adjustment of all footage formats
*  Leader 5750 waveform/vectorscope for live levels monitoring


*  Pomfort Silverstack – the industry leader in secure error-free footage cloning/transfers
*  Pomfort Live Grade – color correct live camera output for accurate on-set viewing
*  Adobe Speedgrade – for 3D on-set alignment and color adjustments
*  Live Play & ToDailies – for on-set iPad dailies with camera take notes insert ability
*  Final Cut Pro X, Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 NLE programs
*  DaVinci Resolve – color grading and transcoding software for FCP X, Avid, Premiere Pro CS6 dailies


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Updated: James Cameron on glasses-free 3D

Update:  October 24, 2013

I went to the SMPTE show in Hollywood last week and saw this Dolby 3D display for the first time.  In a word it was breathtaking.  Various 3D clips from Avatar and other films were screening on a large (I would guess 60″) screen in glasses-free 4K.  The field of view was quite wide, I could step 6 feet to either side of picture center and still see perfect 3D displayed.

All in all I must say that I think if there is a breath of a chance for broadcast 3D to be resurrected – following the wholesale diaspora of 3D content and distribution channels this past year, this Dolby glasses-free 3D system is the best hope.  The Dolby reps indicated that they are in serious discussions with all major panel manufacturers to get this technology out to the mainstream as soon as possible.  That could be by 2015 if everything goes well.  I’m putting off any 3D set purchases pending more news on this front.


Las Vegas, April 9, 2013: Dolby Laboratories, Inc. and Royal Philips Electronics in association with CAMERON | PACE Group (CPG) announced that they have signed an agreement to integrate the Dolby® 3D format into CPG’s 3D video content production workflow and to collaborate on the use of the Dolby 3D format. All parties believe that glasses-free 3D presentation in the home can be improved by delivering premium-quality autostereoscopic 3D content using the Dolby 3D format.

Dolby 3D is a comprehensive suite of technologies for the creation, delivery, and playback of glasses-free 3D content, producing autostereoscopic images with lifelike realism. In addition to eliminating the need for glasses, Dolby 3D has no narrow “sweet spot,” so viewers can enjoy the sharpest images, regardless of where they sit.

“Dolby and Philips are committed to taking the 3D experience to the next level, so we are very pleased to be working with CPG to jointly promote a technology that will transform the way 3D content is consumed all over the world and to introduce a new way for the creative community to tell the story,”

Sony NX3D1 arrives!

The first thing you notice when it comes out of the box is that it is exactly the same size as it’s little sibling the TD10, but that’s where the initial resemblance ends.  After you add the lens shade and mic port/handle it starts to resemble a real handycam even though it’s substantially lighter than the older DVcams from the last decade. Read More

Convergent Design Gemini or Sound Devices PIX 240 ? ? ?

OK, it’s apples and oranges – or is it?  Gemini will do dual stream 4:4:4 uncompressed recordings enabling 3D L/R eye recording.   Both are 10-bit recorders, but the Pix 240 only does one stream and only at 4:2:2 color space, so what’s the issue here?   Read More

BlackMagic Thunderbolt enabled UltraStudio 3D

I didn’t know what to make of this when I first saw it online – was it a recorder or a conversion box?  It turns out it was neither, but rather a nifty little tool to send dual link 3D data streams into your computer or Raid box using – wait for it –  a laptop.

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Sony TD10 3D HandyCam


We weren’t expecting much when this little fellow arrived, but we were happily surprised at it’s size and feature set.  With a miniscule 32mm lens inter-axial measurement, it is the tightest twin lens camera on the market.

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