Lumières Numériques Acquires ARRISCAN Archive Package


Last Updated: September 11, 2012 3:40 am GMT
(Amsterdam IBC, Netherlands--September 11, 2012) ARRI is pleased to announce that Lumières Numériques is the first facility in France to purchase the full ARRISCAN Archive package. The sale includes an ARRISCAN 4K with all available archive options like the ARRI Wet Gate, and Kodak Digital ICE system. In addition, the Lyon-based post house is the first in Europe to purchase ARRI’s stabilization function. Lumières Numériques plans to implement the ARRISCAN into their workflow for restoration of 35 mm full-length films along with 16 and 35 mm short films.

Lumières Numériques ran tests to evaluate the performance of the ARRISCAN. Says Founder and CEO of Lumières Numériques Pierre-Loïc Précausta, “To optimize the restoration process, we were interested by the wet gate system to reduce scratches before digitization, also by the Kodak Digital ICE system which automates dust deletion. 4K digitization was tested with ARRI on a full-length movie and we were fully convinced by the color and density match.”

The facility begins their workflow with 4K digitization on the ARRISCAN to preserve and protect the project. Lumières Numériques then offers restoration work using PF Clean from Pixel Farm. Finally, the color grading is done with DaVinci Resolve viewed on an HD Barco monitor and 4K Barco D-Cinema projector. DCPs are checked on a Doremi 4K server.

Précausta notes the integrated features in the ARRISCAN made it very attractive to work with. “First, the merger of the scanner and the Wet Gate functions appeals to us. Then, we value the high dynamic range double exposure, which enables capture to the original film full density range. Third, the stabilization function was key. It is most important for us to have consistent tools along our entire workflow. We look for consistency and try to avoid mixing technology,” he says. “We trust ARRI for its high quality tools.”

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About ARRI:
With headquarters located in Munich, Germany, Arnold and Richter Cine Technik (A&R) was founded in 1917 and is the world's largest manufacturer and distributor of motion picture camera, digital intermediate (DI) and lighting equipment. The ARRI Group comprises a global network of subsidiaries, agents and representatives that covers all aspects of the film industry: design, engineering, production, equipment rental, turnkey lighting solutions, post production, film and sound laboratory services, and visual effects. Manufactured products include the groundbreaking ALEXA digital camera system, film cameras, professional camera accessories, cutting edge LED lighting and DI solutions such as the ARRISCAN and archive tools. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has recognized ARRI’s engineers and their technical contributions with 18 Scientific and Engineering Awards.

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About Lumières Numériques:
Lumières Numériques is a high quality laboratory for 4K digital cinema restoration and post production. Lumières Numériques, which can be translated as “Digital Lights” and which purposely refers to the Lumière brothers, “the earliest filmmakers in history”, serves first the cinematographic works. As an expert in digital work, Lumières Numériques is the link between the old and new industry. Its services include 2K/4K digitalization, rush processing, digital restoration, calibration, FXs and Digital Cinema Package.

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