(Munich: July 27, 2006) IRIDAS, the industry leader in uncompressed playback will mark its fifth year in business with the dual launch of FrameCycler Professional 2006 and FrameCycler DDS 2006. Both products will be previewed at SIGGRAPH. The original FrameCycler, introduced in 2001, was the world's first uncompressed playback application. With a raft of new features and capabilities, the 2006 versions will represent the most extensive FrameCycler upgrade to date.
FrameCycler 2006 offers a simplified interface and a new drag-and-drop timeline, including support for multiple sound tracks. Alongside industry-leading image analysis capabilities, new annotation tools and a ReviewLink client for remote collaboration will be standard with every seat of FrameCycler. FrameCycler DDS 2006 will offer HD SDI out for broadcast quality review. A module adding stereoscopic playback capabilities will be available for all of the 2006 FrameCycler products.
Since its introduction in 2001, approximately 20,000 seats of FrameCycler have been sold. "Before FrameCycler there was basically no way to review uncompressed footage on a computer," said Lin Kayser, IRIDAS founder and CEO. "It was clear from day one that we were filling a critical gap in the VFX industry and it is no exaggeration to say that FrameCycler Professional established the market for uncompressed desktop playback." FrameCycler Digital Daily System (DDS) was launched in 2002, the first direct-from-disk playback application to run on commodity hardware. In 2004, FrameCycler became the first - and still the only - cross-platform playback software running on Windows, Mac and Linux.
"FrameCycler 2006 is the result of years of intensive dialog with leaders in VFX and postproduction" said Steve Crouch, Director of IRIDAS USA. "Today, facilities regard uncompressed playback as an essential part of their pipelines. No other solution runs on more platforms or can read and write more file formats: it's no surprise that the demand for FrameCycler just keeps growing."
To see FrameCycler 2006 in action, visit IRIDAS at SIGGRAPH (with D2 Software, booth #1231) August 1 - 3, 2006 in the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. For more information on the all-new 2006 FrameCycler family of uncompressed playback applications, visit http://www.iridas.com
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 C.O.R.E. Feature Animation, ReelFX, Warner Bros. Feature Animation, Industrial Light and Magic, The Moving Picture Company, Cinesite, The Framestore CFC and many others. IRIDAS is an independent, privately held company headquartered in Munich, Germany. For more information, visit www.iridas.com.