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Thu, 01/13/2011 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Tunnel Post of Santa Monica California has purchased a Codex Digital Lab system and will make it the hub of a new digital laboratory service for commercials television shows and feature films. Tunnel Post will use the Codex Digital Lab to process digitally acquired media prepare files for editorial facilitate color grading and create archival media files. Used in tandem with Codex recorders and data packs the system provides a standardized end-to-end workflow for digitally acquired media and is compatible with most professional-grade digital cameras including the new Arri Alexa. The Digital Lab can process camera media at speeds several times faster than real-time and output files in formats required by most editorial systems including Apple ProRes and Avid DNxHD. “Our new dailies workflow with Codex Digital Lab streamlines the digital production process by eliminating the problem of managing codecs and formats ” says Tunnel Post CEO Kyle Jackson. “We will be able to provide production companies with fast turnaround for their dailies and greater security for their digital assets. It will also benefit editorial companies by freeing them from the complex task of processing digital media files and allow them to focus on the creative aspects of their work.” Tunnel Post is the first post-production facility in Santa Monica to offer a digital dailies solution via Codex Digital Lab. “Tunnel Post has been an innovative leader in file-based production since its inception and their new digital lab is a further example of their leadership ” says Codex digital vice president for market development Sarah Priestnall. Tunnel Post plans initially to target commercial producers and editors with its digital laboratory service as a fast reliable and secure way to prepare digitally acquired media for editorial. However it expects the service to also appeal to episodic television and feature film productions. The company plans to offer three grades of processing service with one-light best-light and DI-graded color treatments applied. Same day or next day service is available depending on the level of applied grading. “With our Codex workflow directors cinematographers and editors can see their dailies in hours not days ” says Tunnel Post chief technology officer Jeff Brue. “Additionally this system makes it possible to preserve camera data and similar information throughout the post production process maintaining important lines of creative communication between the DP and the colorist between the editor and the sound mixer and between the dailies colorist and the final colorist.” Brue added that Tunnel Post is especially excited about it DI-graded dailies service as it will provide producers editors and others to work with media with near final color treatments applied at the from the onset of post production. “We can make sure everything looks great in the edit bay ” he says. “And later when they want to do a final touch up they can do so with much less time and cost because a lot of the work will already be done.” Codex Digital www.codexdigital.com