FilmLight Ships Truelight Color Calibration System
FilmLight announced the availability of two products from its Truelight color calibration system -- The Truelight Monitor Probe and Truelight HD. Truelight is a complete film color management system for pre-visualizing film images on electronic display devices -- allowing artists, colorists, supervisors and directors to check the final film look at any point in the digital post production process, saving unnecessary matching, rework, time and effort. FilmLight also announced that London-based VTR Digital Cinema used a beta version of Truelight HD for color calibration on “Deep Blue,” a BBC feature film.
The Truelight HD system is used in the Digital Intermediate process to enable filmmakers to see on computer monitors exactly what colors will look like when displayed on the projection screen. Facilities use Truelight HD in between an HD color corrector and the HD display in the workflow. With a calibrated transform loaded, Truelight HD displays precisely how the data will print. Using the calibrated film look as the master, facilities can re-play the data through Truelight HD, providing the same film grade for HD, SD and DVD releases.
The Truelight monitor probe is designed specifically to calibrate high contrast, motion picture images on a graphics monitor. Unlike devices designed for desk-top publishing or broadcast video usage, the Truelight monitor probe is a high precision instrument able to measure contrast ratios up to 1:10,000. In addition, the Truelight probe is supplied with a sophisticated software application that allows: ‘by eye’ calibration using color patches and tone curves for when the probe is not available. It also provides guidance for setting monitor white points, brightness, contrast, rgb gains and bias, and the ability to construct Truelight profiles for combinations of film-recorder, print stock, viewing conditions and projector.
Now in general availability, the Truelight system was used in production while still in beta release by VTR Digital Cinema on “Deep Blue.” The feature-length version of BBC's award-winning natural history series, "The Blue Planet," will premiere at the San Sebastian Film Festival in September.