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Hollywood Post Alliance Announces Coveted Engineering Excellence Award Winners

Highly Anticipated Engineering Excellence Search Brings Top Technology Entrants

September 2, 2009 (Hollywood, CA) The

Hollywood Post Alliance

announced today that three groundbreaking technologies have been honored to receive the organization’s respected Engineering Excellence Award. The recipients were chosen following a lively and well-attended presentation and judging session late last month at


Digital Theater in Hollywood. Created to showcase and reward inventors, manufacturers, vendors and companies for outstanding product or technology application offerings, entries had to represent a significant step forward for the post-production industry and were open to any individual, group or company meeting the submission guidelines. Interest in the awards has grown steadily since its launch, and this year saw a record number of entrants in the Engineering category.

The winner(s) of the 2009 HPA Award for Engineering Excellence are:


CLIPSTER(r) is a complete hardware and software turnkey finishing system. Its hardware and software tools can be scaled and configured to meet specific digital intermediate finishing, real-time RED workflow, multi-format deliverable, and DCI mastering requirements. CLIPSTER’s unique hardware platform combines the flexibility of general purpose computing with custom designed image processing and acceleration hardware. Uncompressed image processes up to 4K resolution can be performed in real time. CLIPSTER is the only single workstation system in the world that offers one step, faster-than-real time DCI mastering, and real-time decoding and delayering of full quality RAW RED files.

Erik Balladares, General Manager, DVS Inc., commented, “The Hollywood Post Alliance is comprised of the most brilliant members of the post community and has served as a longstanding beacon for our industry. DVS is truly honored to accept this year’s Engineering Excellence Award for our advancements with the company’s flagship product CLIPSTER.”


Signiant’s Content Distribution Management (CDM) software was developed to centrally manage, secure, accelerate, and automate the movement of rich media content. Through a web-based user interface, all content transfers can be monitored, secured and bandwidth utilization can be adjusted in real-time. Signiant’s workflow modeling engine (WME) employs a drag-and-drop method of linking components to create sophisticated, sequenced workflows. Signiant’s CDM software was first developed in 2000 and is used by hundreds of companies to manage the movement of rich media content for the Media & Entertainment industry.

“We thank the Hollywood Post Alliance for this wonderful recognition for Engineering Excellence,” says Tom Ohanian, Signiant’s Chief Strategy Officer. “Signiant is dedicated to delivering world class solutions designed to solve the process automation needs of digital media content owners and we are thrilled to be named an HPA Engineering award recipient.”


OB-1 Uncompressed Digital Recorder is a complete system for providing images from digital cameras to Post. Utilizing DPX based file recording using solid-state flash technology with metadata, OB-1 is the smallest, lightest uncompressed recorder. The OB-1 is compatible with all digital cameras that support SMPTE 292M or 372M Single or Dual Link HD-SDI. The system provides for offline editorial deliverables, dual uncompressed redundant archiving and integrated negative pull, all with quality control points fully adaptable to post industry workflows. The D.MAG system for post and archive has been used on Oscar(r) winners, official selections at Cannes and motion pictures around the Globe.

“The team at S.two is proud to be honored by the HPA with an Engineering Award for our ground-breaking OB-1 solid-state on-board recorder for digital cinematography cameras,” stated Steve Roach.

In announcing the awards, HPA President Leon Silverman said that “The role of innovative technology in post production simply cannot be overstated; to put it simply, it drives our industry. We saw a marked increase in entrants in the Engineering Excellence category this year and the quality of the competition speaks clearly to a superb caliber of engineering vision and talent in the HPA and in the community as a whole. The HPA Engineering Award honors those individuals and companies who have worked diligently and inventively to do something better and ultimately to support the elegant execution of a vision. Companies like DVS, S2 and Signiant propel the industry forward, and their value is of vast importance to content creation.”

Past winners of the Engineering Excellence Award include; Quantel for Pablo Stereoscopic 3D, FastSoft for E Series Internet Accelerator, Panasonic for AVC-intra 100 Video Codec, Quantel for Genetic Engineering, Digital Vision for DVO Image Processing Software, MTI Film for Control Dailies and Sony for HDCAM SR.

The HPA Awards will be held on the evening of November 12th at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. The HPA Awards recognize the outstanding contributions of post production professionals working behind the scenes in a number of categories, including color grading/DI, audio post production, compositing and editorial for television, feature films, and commercials. In addition to the Engineering Excellence Awards, two additional special awards will be given during the Awards ceremony; Paul Haggar, one of the best-known names in the post production community, will receive the HPA Lifetime Achievement Award and the Charles S. Swartz Award will be given for Outstanding Contribution in the Field of Post Production.

Tickets for the gala event are on sale at

and complete information is available online or by calling the HPA at 213.614.0860 or writing


About the HPA
Hollywood Post Alliance (HPA) serves the professional community of businesses and individuals who provide expertise, support, tools and the infrastructure for the creation and finishing of motion pictures, television, commercials, digital media and other dynamic media content.

About the HPA Awards
The HPA Awards were created to foster awareness of post production, promote creative and technical excellence, recognize the achievements of post production talent, and build involvement in the Hollywood Post Alliance. The HPA Awards will be presented with generous support from Silver Sponsors Deluxe and Thomson Grass Valley; Bronze Sponsors; Autodesk, Avid, DigitalFilm Technology, Panasonic, Sony; and Supporting Sponsor; DigitalFilm Tree.

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