(Munich, January 17, 2006) IRIDAS, who introduced the first non-destructive color grading technologies for the film industry, together with Cine-tal, a leading developer of image processing, display and collaboration solutions, will present the next SpeedGrade Seminar on January 31 in Montreal, one of North America’s most active filmmaking cities.
The sessions will provide a direct experience for cinematographers and colorists with digital acquisition, look creation using SpeedGrade OnSet, and on set review with Cine-tal’s new Cinemage display. Participants will see the SpeedGrade color pipeline in action and learn first-hand how it offers direct integration of production with postproduction.
SpeedGrade OnSet, available for Mac OS X and Windows XP, is a cinematographers’ application for creating and communicating looks. The Cinemage network display device from Cine-tal allows users to grab frames from the data stream and send these to SpeedGrade OnSet for grading. SpeedGrade .look files can, in turn, be loaded in the Cinemage display for graded playback, or even live graded previews during acquisition. The seminar will also include cineSpace calibration technology from Rising Sun Research and SpeedGrade DI, IRIDAS’ real-time color grading and film finishing application.
“With SpeedGrade OnSet, cinematographers now have a simple means of communicating their creative intentions with post artists and colorists,” said Stephane Lestage, president of In Extenso, a postproduction facility in Montreal which is co-hosting the seminar. “We welcome this approach because it makes our work easier and helps ensure a better product in the end.”
A team of presenters will be led by Jerome Sabourin, who recently received two 2005 Prix Gemeaux nominations for best director of photography for his work on le Negociatuer and Minuit, le Soir, two of the top three French language TV dramas in Canada. “Using SpeedGrade during production has helped me work more efficiently,” according to Jerome Sabourin. “Since I could pregrade test shots, I had a clear idea – in advance - of how I wanted to shoot scenes. I could actually do my work with postproduction in mind.”
The “Séminaire SpeedGrade” will be presented in French and English and hosted by In Extenso and Video MTL, Quebec’s largest production rental company, will take place on Tuesday, January 31, 2006 at Video MTL in Montreal. There will be an afternoon session from 2:00 to 5:00 pm and an evening session from 7:00 to 10:00 pm. For registration information, contact In Extenso at 514-524-0703.
Cine-tal develops display, collaboration and image processing solutions for digital cinema and video production. Cine-tal's Intelligent Display Server (IDS) technology provides signal processing, signal routing, frame stores, 3D LUT-based color adjustment, display calibration, and test measurement in a single network appliance. Cine-tal offers two lines of display devices: Cinemage is designed for use in digital cinema production; Philo is used in broadcast and video production. Cine-tal is a privately held company based in Indianapolis, IN.
IRIDAS pioneered desktop film-resolution playback in 2001. Its FrameCycler products are now the industry standard for frame-based image review. In 2003 IRIDAS introduced the first non-destructive color correction application. Today SpeedGrade and FrameCycler provide a complete, end-to-end pipeline for uncompressed content and color data. IRIDAS' applications are used by most major animation and post-production houses including Warner Bros. Feature Animation, Industrial Light and Magic, The Moving Picture Company, ReelFX, Lowry Digital (DTS), and many others. IRIDAS is an independent, privately held company headquartered in Munich, Germany. For more information visit www.iridas.com