ARRI and Kodak spread Relativity across Europe


Last Updated: April 13, 2010 12:03 am GMT
(Las Vegas NAB, NV--April 13, 2010) In cooperation with Kodak, ARRI has sold its Relativity Texture Control to four major postproduction houses in the European market: Ascent 142 in London; Éclair in Paris; Norddisk Film in Copenhagen and Salamandra in Moscow have now joined ARRI Film & TV in Munich and Berlin in offering degrain services at the highest quality.

"Kodak is glad to contribute to the deployment of degrain tools and image enhancement solutions to support the film industry," says Thierry Perronnet, Marketing Director of Kodak Europe. "We are proud to have four Relativity systems installed in the four main European Super 16 markets in order to continue giving artists the choice of how to shoot their projects. With these partners we are proving that by using the latest generation of Kodak film stocks coupled with the ultimate degrain solution from ARRI, Super 16 is perfectly suitable for HD mastering and for the high compression levels of TV broadcast." Talking about their experiences with the software so far, Charlotte Quemy, head of Éclair's Digital Restoration Department reports: "The software works fine – it is very user friendly and fast, although it does require a high-end workstation with rapid access to the network and the data storage units. A nice feature is the splitscreen function, which gives operators the ability to instantly compare the results of any changes made to the settings. The image analysis tool is fast and allows the application of efficient and coherent filters. Images were processed first, before the final color grading session, and we never noticed any artifacts or failures resulting from the image processing. We tested Texture Control on 100, 250 and 500 ASA film stocks, in outdoor and indoor scenes. We found the software perfectly suited to degraining Super 16 images, leading to a much cleaner HD master for digital TV."

After an intensive testing period, during which degrained Super 16 images were scanned on a telecine in a HD 4:2:2 format as well in the 2K DPX format on an ARRISCAN, Relativity is now firmly installed at Éclair, where it is used to restore and clean-up old HD masters that would otherwise be too grainy or noisy for compression techniques such as Blu-Ray mastering.

About the company:
Located in Munich, Germany, Arnold and Richter Cine Technik (A&R) was founded in 1917 and is the largest manufacturer of professional motion picture equipment in the world. In 2001, ARRI was converted into a public limited company. The company is involved in all aspects of the film industry: engineering, design, manufacturing, production, visual effects, post-production, equipment rental and laboratory services (film and sound). Manufactured products and technologies include professional digital acquisition with the ALEXA camera, the ARRIFLEX D-21, in addition to camera systems for 16mm, 35mm, 65mm film, location and studio lighting fixtures, digital imaging systems like the ARRISCAN, ARRILASER, ARRICUBE, and ARRI Relativity™. These products and services are offered through a network of subsidiary companies, agents and representatives worldwide.

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