Snapshots - NAB 2008 Day 2
Codex Digital, SpeedGrade, Tangent, SI2K, and Nila
By Adam Wilt | April 16, 2008
Codex Digital Portable and disk pack
Highlights of my walking around the show floor on Tuesday...
Codex Digital showed working versions of their Portable digital cine recorder. $44K gets you the lunchbox plus a three-hour drive pack, and the superb Codex user interface.
The original Codex Digital recorder with one field pack removed
These full-size Codex recorders were used to capture Sony F23 clips on the set of "Speed Racer", the Wachowski Bros live-action/CGI reprise of the Japanese cartoon.
James Norman of Iridas demonstrates SpeedGrade XR
XR is a new version of the cross-platform (Mac/Linux/Windows) SpeedGrade color correction system supporting most major RAW camera files directly. Here, a scene from "The Dark Country", shot with the Silicon Imaging SI2K and recorded using Cineform RAW, is tweaked. Note the $20,000 Tangent control surface and Cine-tal monitor.
Tangent Wave control panel prototype
If $20,000 seems too spendy for a colorist's console, Tangent will be offering the Wave for around $1,000. It's really designed for field use with SpeedGrade OnSet, but I can see a lot of them going into fixed installations as a cost-effective control surface.
Cineform demoed full metadata persistence through editorial, with shot metadata now embedded in the essence instead of merely being kept in file headers where it was subject to loss due to subclip extraction or format transcoding (AVI to QuickTime, for example). Basic (primary) grading can be done directly in the PC or Mac decoding plugin, bypassing the Premiere or FCP effects architecture and the need to re-render. Looks can be exported and imported on a per-clip basis, and a behind-the-scenes database tracks moved or recaptured clips via GUIDs, so looks stay associated with clips despite various file-level insults.
Next: SI2K, and Nila LED lighting...
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