London's Ascent 142 'Bonds' With da Vinci for New DI Operation

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Last Updated: November 14, 2008 7:44 pm GMT
(Coral Springs, Florida--November 14, 2008) da Vinci Systems, a subsidiary of JDS Uniphase Corporation (Nasdaq: JDSU), today announced that London-based Ascent 142 has deployed two Resolve® R-350 digital mastering suites for color grading and DI film finishing projects, including the latest James Bond movie, "Quantum of Solace" due for release in U.S. theaters on Nov. 14th.

The Bond film from Sony Pictures is the first DI project for Ascent 142. The film was graded at Ascent 142 on an R-350 by Stephen Nakamura, vice president of features for Company 3, an Ascent Media business.

Ascent 142 is the result of the merger between Ascent Media's One Post, St. Anne's Post, Stream, and Wardour Street's Media Management services facilities. The 60,000-square-foot facility features two new state-of-the-art DI theaters. In addition to feature films, Ascent 142 offers comprehensive services for television, DVD, and content management.

In Ascent's DI workflow, content is scanned on an ARRISCAN film scanner, and ingested to a BrightDrive shared media system that is linked to the Resolve R-350s for nonlinear color grading and image enhancement.

"With the da Vinci R-350s, we are able to achieve the most advanced DI workflow with the highest quality grading possible," said Adrian Bull, chief technology officer for Ascent Media Group Europe. "But the advantages go well beyond color grading. So many of our projects now require international collaboration, and these new facilities align us perfectly with our Santa Monica and Hollywood, Calif. operations. With a private 2.5 Gbit circuit connecting us to America, we are able to offer an unparalleled transatlantic service."

Top-tier post-production houses worldwide have been adopting the Resolve R-series at an unprecedented rate since its introduction in April 2008. Recent worldwide buyers include Infinia (Spain), Blackmagic Design (Singapore), Postique (United States), Technicolor Bangkok (Thailand), and now Ascent 142. In addition to the R-350s, Ascent 142 also purchased two of da Vinci's new Impresario™ control panels .

"The Ascent 142 name may be brand new, but its creative and business DNA are very powerful," said Dean Lyon, da Vinci's director of marketing. "The individual companies that now comprise Ascent Media have for years been a force driving the creative and technological advances in London's leading post scene. With two new R-350s as key components of the facility's new DI theaters and workflow, Ascent is continuing that tradition."

Based on da Vinci's advanced new processing engine, C.O.R.E.™(CUDA™ Optimized Resolve Engine), the new R-series offers flexible, real-time throughput of nonlinear images in film, television, and other commercial applications. With the introduction of C.O.R.E., da Vinci becomes the first in the color grading industry to maximize the power and efficiency of GPUs for processing power, thus overcoming the complex, computation-intensive challenges inherent in color finishing work. The Resolve R-350 features four processors and two Transformer™ boards for real-time pan, tilt, zoom, and rotate.

More information about the da Vinci R-350 is available at www.davsys.com.

About Ascent 142
Ascent 142 is owned by Calif.-based Ascent Media Group LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ascent Media Corporation (Nasdaq: ASCMA), which provides creative, digital, and technical media services to the media and entertainment industries. Through more than 40 facilities in the United States, London, and Singapore and at other locations throughout the world, Ascent Media provides effective solutions for the creation, management, and distribution of content to major motion picture studios, independent producers, broadcast networks, cable channels, advertising agencies, and other companies that produce, own, and/or distribute entertainment, news, sports, corporate, educational, industrial, and advertising content.

About da Vinci Systems®, LLC
da Vinci Systems, a JDSU company, is the leading provider of color enhancement and image restoration products used in post-production facilities worldwide. Incorporating the company's Emmy® Award-winning technology, da Vinci's products support SDTV, HDTV, data, and digital film. Since the introduction of the company's first color corrector in 1984, da Vinci has been a front-runner in the field of image enhancement, shaping color enhancement into the vital role it holds in post-production today. The company is headquartered in Coral Springs, Fla., with offices in Los Angeles, New York, London, France, Germany, and Singapore.

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