Sky Adds Two Baselight 4K Color-Grading Systems

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Mon, 12/12/2016 - 11:46 -- Nick Dager

European entertainment company Sky has installed two FilmLight Baselight 4K color-grading systems in its post-production department. The new systems will allow Sky to serve the increasing technological demands of external clients as well as in-house departments at the company’s headquarters at Osterley, West London.

Now installed at Sky are two Baselight Two high-performance 4K color-grading systems, each with a Blackboard 2 control surface. The network also includes a Baselight Assist for finishing and rendering, and two Baselight Conform Mac OS X software seats for content preparation. In addition, there are four floating Baselight for Avid licenses, which add Baselight grading and color rendering capabilities to standard Avid editing workstations. 

The systems interoperate fully using the metadata-based Baselight Linked Grade for renderless throughput and are linked with the unrivalled color science of Truelight Color Spaces.

“We cover the most advanced television content, including commercials and trailers, panel shows and documentaries,” said Cara Sheppard, post production – senior manager of entertainment and creative operations at Sky. 

“The color toolset and grading capabilities in Baselight are by far the most advanced in the industry,” she added. “FilmLight has always led the way with advances in Ultra HD and HDR, which is of particular interest to us at the moment. And of course Baselight is our clients’ preferred grading system, and indeed is the grading system of choice amongst freelance colorists as well.”

“The fact that FilmLight has put a considerable amount of thought, investment and development into collaborative workflows with Avid products – without compromising on quality or the grading toolset – is a huge bonus,” Sheppard said.