(Fremont, California--January 23, 2013) Blackmagic Design today announced that the Teranex 2D Processor was used for up conversion and frame rate conversion of the documentary “VANISHING POINT.”
Dir. Onaga (left) and Mr. Egashira (right)
“VANISHING POINT” is a documentary about the iconic Japanese rock/rockabilly band Blankey Jet City. Directed by Yutaka Onaga, a photographer and video artist, the film follows the band’s last tour in 2000 through 12 cities and 17 concerts. Though the film was initially not released, more than 50 hours of footage was finally edited and completed recently, and the film is now ready to hit theaters in January, 2013, with dramatically improved video and audio.
The job of up converting footage to be able to be shown in HD was given to Kanagawa, Japan based E-head Production. Provided with original footage all shot in SD and 60i, E-head was required to quickly up convert all footage to HD and 24p in time for a January 26th premier. E-head used Blackmagic Design’s Teranex 2D Processor for all conversions on the film.
Yasuo Egashira from E-head Production, who owns the Teranex 2D Processor, said: “When I had heard about VANISHING POINT from Mr. Onaga, I had just purchased the Teranex 2D Processor so suggested that he use it to complete all of the conversions. It worked out great for this film. It is very user friendly. I did not even read the user manual but could figure out how to use it. It was great on both functionality and usability.”
“In particular, I really liked that frame rate conversion created a more filmic look, rather than a video. Also, the audience’s faces in the up converted version looked clearer than that of the original SD version, which makes the scene more alive,” said Onaga. “I am very happy that I could re experience what I saw and felt 13 years ago, in a movie theater with fans who jump around in the scene once again.”
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