Assimilate has announced that Mikros Image has purchased a company-wide site license for Assimilate Scratch finishing software and Scratch Lab, an advanced production and VFX dailies tool. Headquartered in Paris, France, and with subsidiaries in Belgium (2) and Montreal, Mikros Image is a major player in the post-production market, offering high-end post services for films, commercials, TV episodes, corporate communications, and video games. Mikros Image also has a partnership with the LA post-production and visual effects company Eight VFX to develop a series of common projects for commercials and feature films. http://www.mikrosimage.eu
The goal of the Scratch purchase is for Mikros Image to standardize all their facilities – including their post-production teams and freelancers – on a streamlined and efficient data workflow throughout its production and post-production processes, from dailies to data management, conform, color grading, compositing, finishing and final output to a variety of formats.
Mikros Image faces the challenge of producing a huge number of projects simultaneously. Over the years, the company had used a variety of systems for film and digital projects. To support their high-growth ventures for feature film, commercials and TV episodics, they realized that standardizing and streamlining processes with powerful and robust end-to-end workflow tools would enable consistent and higher quality results and faster time to market, all while saving time, reducing maintenance costs, and lowering training costs for personnel.
Mathieu Leclercq, head of digital cinema at Mikros Image, stated, “We closely reviewed and considered several workflow tools on the market. With a robust data toolset, Scratch emerged as one of the most complete dailies-to-finishing solution, as well as the most cost effective, with a superior price/performance ratio. Additionally many competitive products required costly proprietary hardware, which contributes to high cost of maintenance, whereas Scratch runs on high-performance off-the-shelf computers running on Windows and the Mac OS X.”
Leclercq added, “Scratch helps in boosting our productivity in many ways. For example, the construct-based architecture makes it an excellent tool for dailies. It’s easy to organize a huge number of clips day-in and day-out for different projects and using different systems. It’s the ideal tool for transcoding all native camera files to DPX and EXR files in the needed color-space and with high resolution. We’re able to manage numerous projects through the pipeline, along with all the CDLs or LUTs, and maintain a high standard of color consistency throughout the entire workflow. It also integrates easily with our other tools, like Lustre for color grading. The new cloud tools are a standout, which for us, makes Scratch the system of the future.”