da Vinci and ARRI Team Up to Speed DI Workflow With Advanced File Exchange Protocol


Last Updated: September 7, 2007 4:22 pm GMT
(CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. - Sept. 7, 2007) da Vinci Systems and ARRI today announced that they have worked together to develop a file exchange process that provides tight integration between ARRI's ARRISCAN film scanner and da Vinci’s Resolve® color enhancement and Revival™ restoration systems.

The new da Vinci-ARRI Exchange (DAE) protocol allows for close coordination between a facility's scanning and color correction departments, greatly improving workflow efficiency.

DAE was developed to eliminate the confusion between departments in the DI facility. Typically when a DI project originates, the scanning and color correction departments are faced with a number of parameter quandaries, such as: what needs to be scanned, where on the SAN to store it, naming conventions, handles, etc. When these are not properly addressed in advance, the colorist loses time and projects are delayed.

With DAE, the colorist simply loads an EDL on any da Vinci Resolve or Splice system and sets the desired parameters. From this, a DAE list is generated and exported to the ARRI scanner. A specific scan list is then generated so that only the materials required are scanned, and file names and directories are specified using preset and defined naming conventions. In addition, place holders are created in the Resolve/Splice media pool and as clips are scanned, the timeline automatically fills, allowing grading to start immediately as soon as the clips are loaded.

"The da Vinci-ARRI Exchange provides a tremendous improvement to the DI process just by eliminating the busy work in coordinating internal departments," said Dean Lyon, director of marketing for da Vinci. "What's even better is that colorists can start working sooner because they can access clips as soon as they are loaded. DAE gives colorist more time to be creative."

A further benefit of the close integration provided by DAE comes through ARRI's support of Kodak's Digital ICE™ technology, which generates mattes during scanning that da Vinci's Revival restoration system can use to eliminate dust and dirt from the film images quickly and return the frames back to the SAN. All da Vinci systems also support the ARRI color management system, assuring that color calibrations are standardized throughout the process, from scanning all the way to film recording at the end of the process.

"The collaboration between ARRI and da Vinci to produce DAE is a major step in making the DI process a single seamless workflow," said Elfi Bernt, product manager of ARRISCAN for ARRI. "Both of our companies are committed to delivering the leading technology, which includes all the necessary capabilities for working efficiently with the complete gamut of tools in the DI environment."

DAE will be demonstrated at IBC2007 in Amsterdam on da Vinci's stand, #7.330.


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