Marquise Technologies to partner with Canon to ease HDR mastering workflows

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Last Updated: April 20, 2017 11:27 am GMT
(Geneva, Switzerland--April 20, 2017) Swiss-based developer of high-end solutions for post-production Marquise Technologies announced today its partnership with Canon, providing studios, broadcasters and post-productions companies a unique solution for their HDR mastering workflows.

The continuity of information about the image between the color grading and the mastering phase is important and becomes crucial when the content is in HDR. The full chain, from the mastering solution to the mastering environment, including the mastering display, must work in sync to avoid human mistakes as much as possible.

By providing full control of the mastering display in its MIST mastering system and ICE reference player, Marquise Technologies offers a unique feature that enhances HDR mastering and quality control.

The characterization of the mastering display based on the SMPTE ST-2086 standard is a key element when working in PQ (ST-2084) and Dolby Vision. Once these parameters are set in MIST or ICE, they are sent to the Canon monitor to configure the display in the right mode by using a remote control protocol : color space, EOTF, luminance levels are automatically set to the correct value.

At NAB, the control of the mastering display will be demonstrated using the Canon DP-V2420 4K reference display. Canon's flagship 24 inch model satisfies the high luminance performance required for HDR workflows. Sharing many of the outstanding features of the DP-V2410 4K reference display, the DP-V2420 adds additional versatility and functionality. It qualifies as a Dolby Vision mastering monitor (supporting the ST-2084 gamma curve) as well as the proposed HLG (Hybrid Log-Gamma) broadcast HDR standards. This is today the only available reference monitor that provides a remote control protocol.

“Delivering a simplified workflow is key for widespread HDR adoption, Marquise Technologies have taken an important step in this regard aligning the mastering display to the mastering system; Canon has been delighted to collaborate on this project which will no doubt further support HDR uptake across the industry”, said Kieran Magee, Professional Imaging Director, Canon Europe.

“Our vision for developing our products is always driven by the ease of operation. These new HDR standards are adding complexity, and our role as a software manufacturer is to help our users delivering what they need rapidly and in accuracy with the standards. We are very glad that Canon’s products philosophy and technology help our intentions,” says Laurence Stoll, CEO of Marquise Technologies.

At NAB, HDR demonstrations using the Canon DP-V2420 will include: HDR mastering in Dolby Vision, HDR10 and HLG, and creation of the deliverables in MP4 HEVC & H264 with ST2094-xx metadata as well as IMF Studio Profile and IMF-TV.

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Marquise Technologies:
Marquise Technologies designs state-of-the-art solutions for the cinema, the television broadcast and OTT industry. The company addresses post-production facilities and digital film labs and provides them with high-end solutions for image processing, mastering and quality control for Digital Cinema & UHDTV.

Canon Europe:
Canon Europe is the EMEA arm of Canon Inc., a global provider of imaging technologies and services, and one of the world’s most well-recognised and loved brands. Canon Europe has operations in around 120 countries, employs approximately 19,000 people across the region, and contributes about a third of Canon’s global revenues annually. Founded in 1937, Canon has been a leading name in imagery for the past 80 years, and is dedicated to helping people constantly re-imagine what is possible through imaging. From cameras to commercial printers, business consultancy to healthcare technologies, Canon enriches lives and businesses through imaging innovation. Canon is growing the positive power of imaging technology and services. By delivering social and environmental benefits through our people and products, we are powerfully demonstrating our commitment to our philosophy of Kyosei: living and working together for the common good.

Big Pic Media:
Big Pic Media (www.bigpicmedia.net) is a resource for industry-leading production, post-production, broadcast and media products and services. It can advise and supply solutions from individual items to fully integrated suites. With offices in London and Los Angeles, it offers a global service to the industry, as a supplier and a representative. Big Pic Media now has a new support function which will oversee design and installation services as well as offering engineering support for products supplied by Big Pic Media. This department can design, develop and install facility updates or entire facilities on request.

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