Firefly Cinema has unveiled V6 of its comprehensive color grading software suite which includes: FirePlay (for playback), FireDay (for digital dailies) and FirePost (for color finishing). Used on hundreds of feature films (La La Land, Planetarium, The History of Love, Belle and Sebastien), FireFly Cinema provides an integrated and production-wide approach to managing color workflows on-set, through dailies and post-production.
International production and post group Umedia has opened a facility in Vancouver. The company has four other facilities around the world. The Vancouver office has installed a Baselight Two grading and finishing suite.
WCPMedia Services has announced improvements to its cloud-based media management platform to help television and motion picture producers better store, manage and share assets throughout the production cycle. New features and enhancements address core production activities including dailies management and transcoding, review and approval, and distribution to post-production partners and end-users.
Post house Colortime of Burbank, California has installed a Dalet Galaxy platform to provide workflow automation and media asset management.
Leslie Carney has more than twenty years of experience in television post-production. Working as post supervisor for MTV's Stranded with a Million Dollars, which will air February 21, she recently delivered 10 one-hour episodes. An efficient workflow has rarely been more critical. “The show was challenging,” said Carney. “It was shot over 40-days using 14 different types of cameras, including RoboCams and 4K Drones. We had to deal with a massive amount of media and all kinds of frame-rates and codecs.”
Chainsaw Edit is part of the Sim Group family and has two post facilities in Hollywood. When they started looking for ways to better handle their growing demand for multiple file format deliveries, they chose Cinedeck.
Award-winning cinematographer Theo Van De Sande ASC was an early supporter of the Academy Color Encoding System, using version 0.2.2 on civil war drama Deliverance Creek in 2013, which was nominated for the ASC Award for Television. Since then he has been a staunch supporter, using ACES on numerous TV shows and pilots. When he was offered the chance to shoot Bad Santa 2 for Miramax, he turned again to ACES for his color-processing pipeline.
Symply is now shipping SymplyRAID, its RAID storage system with low latency and massive capacity for large-scale media workflows. "SymplyRAID is unlike anything the industry has seen. Built on rock-solid engineering, it provides unmatched ease-of-deployment and an unparalleled price performance," said Alex Grossman, CEO and president of Symply.
Quantum has released StorNext 5.4, a new version of the company's workflow storage platform that enhances the efficiency and flexibility of media content management. StorNext 5.4 enhancements include the ability to integrate existing public cloud storage accounts and third-party object storage (private cloud) — starting with Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud, NetApp StorageGRID, IBM Cleversafe and Scality RING — as archive tiers in a StorNext®-managed media environment. Another new feature enables users to deploy applications embedded within StorNext-powered Xcellis workflow storage appliances.
The post-production team for the Canadian family drama series Backstage is again relying Facilis TerraBlock for their collaborative editorial workflow for its second season. Ellen Fine, CCE (Canada Cinema Editor) is the supervising editor and consulting producer on Backstage. The series is produced by Fresh TV and distributed by DHX. It currently airs on the Family Channel in Canada and on the Disney Channel in the US and worldwide.