Cineimage Makes Major Purchase of Pixel Farm Workflow Technology

Bookmark and Share

Tue, 09/13/2011 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

London-based restoration and 2D-to-3D conversion facility Cineimage has committed to the largest single European purchase of The Pixel Farm’s restoration and remastering software and systems. The facility re-launching in Soho has invested in multiple licenses of The Pixel Farm’s PFClean restoration and remastering system with PFSilo forming the backbone of a collaborative pipeline and management workflow. Cineimage has been responsible for the full clean-up repair and deliverables on a large number of classic movies using PFClean. These include Brief Encounter (BFI/David Lean Foundation/ITV) The Ipcress File (ITV) Babylon (Icon Home Entertainment) Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence (Recorded Picture Company/Hanway Films) and The Last Emperor (Recorded Picture Company/Hanway Films). “From a facility point-of-view the restoration and 2D-to-3D conversion markets are all about achieving maximum quality whilst maintaining maximum throughput ” says Cineimage managing director Steve Boag. “Having worked with The Pixel Farm and their technology for several years to restore many classic movies we know just how fast and successful their product is as a restoration solution. Reassessing the competition reassured us The Pixel Farm’s technology and expertise remain the best in the industry. The addition of PFSilo will enable us to manage bigger projects and to achieve greater throughput as we can work on multiple titles simultaneously.” Cineimage’s restoration facility has been designed from the ground up using The Pixel Farm’s expertise in restoration workflows to establish a 4K multi-artist multi-project pipeline. Using a combination of software and The Pixel Farm’s own-brand turnkey hardware based on an Infiniband network the facility enables real time client review up to 4K resolution with single point reference to clips being worked on all in a secure server-based environment. In addition to film restoration Cineimage is also planning to use PFClean and PFSilo technologies for the launch a new 2D-to-3D image conversion service. “PFClean has excelled in the restoration market and is known by artists for its sheer range of industry-leading tools and workflow ” says Michael Lancaster managing director of The Pixel Farm. “The manner in which PFSilo maximizes the distribution and management of shots between digital artists means that it has potential beyond restoration and we look forward to working with Cineimage on optimizing our technologies for 2D-to-3D conversion.” Cineimage The Pixel Farm