DVS and ARRI Create Innovative Workflow for Digital Dailies

3/29/2006 - DVS from Hanover and Arri based in Munich have worked together since early 2006, aiming at establishing an innovative workflow for digital dailies. The products CLIPSTER® , DVS-SAN, ARRISCAN and ARRI CMS complement each other and thereby set new standards. The partnership will change the video based daily workflow to a future-oriented digital and transparent workflow - starting with creating the dailies and leading to the final digital intermediate.

Traditionally, a producer or director will watch the day’s shot on an HD or SD tape that has been sampled by a telecine. This material will go into offline editing. The final, digital master emerges from the selected takes after a film scanner has digitized those in high resolution. So far, this process requires both a telecine and a film scanner, but then, the systems’ color metrics and geometry are not consistent. The color correction in video will never be identical to the high-resolution scan, therefore, the director will view a different image in the DI suite.

DVS and ARRI offer a more intelligent solution: the ARRISCAN takes over the central role of digitizing the film and thereby replaces the telecine process. Subsequently, DVS products deal with the material in high resolution. The scanned data is stored on a DVS-SAN which allows parallel editing processes. The DI workstation CLIPSTER® thereupon creates high-definition SD and HD dailies required for offline editing.

Ideally, the user handles color consistent images of high-resolution scans and digital dailies: editing, color correction and visual effects in the same color space and geometry. An especially user-friendly environment is given when all metadata accompany the (post)production from start to end and are provided for the dailies. This can result in using high-quality dailies directly for TV productions, all of which is provided by the new workflow.

Harald Brendel, Head of Application Engineering at ARRI: “Partnering DVS supplements our product line ARRISCAN and ARRILASER. We can now provide a favourable system for creating, conforming and finishing digital dailies up to creating a final film master.”

Bernhard Reitz, Head of Product Management at DVS: “Integrating the ARRI color management in CLIPSTER has proved to be very successful in 2005. Our partnership will now result in a high-end digital dailies system.”

The benefits emerging from this partnership and a complete digital dailies workflow will be shown at the ARRI booth C6926 at NAB 2006.

DVS with headquarters in Hanover, Germany and Los Angeles, USA has achieved sustained success in 2005: CLIPSTER® won the prestigious Digital Cinematography Award. In addition to its cooperation with Hollywood film studios DVS teamed up with companies such as The Mill, Midnight Transfer, Sony, Kodak and Bang & Olufsen.

ARRI, Arnold Richter Cine Technik GmbH & Co Betriebs KG, was founded in 1917 in Munich. The company provides the whole range of film industry products: lighting, cameras, ARRISCAN and ARRILASER are part of their product line.

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