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ASSIMILATE’s SCRATCH Lab powers new on-location DIT Station

SCRATCH Lab deployed within a new range of compact, portable, digital lab and dailies workflow systems


, the leading provider of powerful post-production tools for digital workflows, and on-set technology developer DIT Station Ltd, have announced an OEM partnership. This partnership sees


deployed within a brand new range of compact, portable, digital lab and dailies workflow systems, which sets new standards for on-location workflows. The

DIT Station

will be featured in live demonstrations at ASSIMILATE’s booth, H7.11, during IBC 2011.

SCRATCH Lab deployed within DIT Stations, new compact, portable, digital lab and dailies workflow s

Harnessing SCRATCH Lab on Mac OSX for a trio of configurations, DIT Stations can be used on or near-set for a wide range of vital tasks by key departments on a production. Each of the new Tornado, Hornet and Raptor DIT Stations work with cameras ranging from RED and ARRI all the way to DSLRs. DIT Station is available in different modular configurations of memory card readers, RED Rocket accelerators, data storage and HDMI, SDI and DVI network connectivity options, while full UPS backup delivers redundancy and reliability.

The product’s main performance capabilities include: realtime playback and QC review of materials of any format or colorspace at up to 5K resolution; the non-destructive application of LUTs and primary color grades; convergence adjustment of 3D stereo shots; conforming of scenes and takes; metadata and shot management; audio synchronization; and the high-performance creation of multiple versions and deliverables.

Using such features as SCRATCH Lab’s CONstruct module, the operator can load and playback, side-by-side, shots from any camera format or colorspace, at any resolution on the same timeline. They can also manage an unlimited number of takes, plates and units from a shot on a single timeline, while passing scene, take, audio, and stereo convergence information through the entire project.

Each DIT Station is has been designed as a rugged, lightweight and highly-portable unit, about the size of a large guitar case, allowing it to be easily transported. It can also be set-up on location within 60 seconds.

“Powered by SCRATCH Lab, DIT Station is more than just a dailies system,” said DIT Station founder and director Martin Christien. “Everything a production could need is included in the feature set: flexible conform, advanced audio sync, real-time color grading, unlimited versioning, and simultaneous deliverables output. Producers will benefit from major cost and time-savings as compared to ?lm and tape-based work?ows.”

“SCRATCH Lab and DIT Station were made for one another,” said Steve Bannerman VP of marketing at ASSIMILATE, “DITs and DPs can playback any camera format they can throw at it, and output every format that matters to their key departments. All the tools they need on-set are contained in one, real-time, yet lightweight, portable and hugely powerful product.”

DIT Station is sold in the UK and distributed in Europe exclusively by MediaPros, in the US directly by DIT Station, Ltd. The first DIT Stations are now shipping, and are currently being used on features in America and the UK.

SCRATCH Lab is the industry’s first and only comprehensive end-to-end digital lab system that brings review, versioning, conform, primary color grading, digital dailies and deliverables all into one fast, intuitive application.

DIT Station develops custom, portable, on-set data management products for feature and broadcast productions. The innovative and practical design of the company’s products are designed to speed and streamline the entire workflow of a production, allowing producers to control their entire data workflow sequence without workflow breaks. DIT Station provides everything they need to work effectively on-set, all in one case.

ASSIMILATE is the premier provider of digital workflow and post-production tools, that have proven to be essential in the successful creation of thousands of studio and independent features, television shows, music videos and corporate video productions. The company’s SCRATCH products, running on Windows and Mac OS X, are the heartbeat of today’s most demanding digital post-production and dailies workflows for 2D and stereo 3D productions. They equip Directors, DPs and Artists with the state-of-the-art, intuitive, data-centric solutions they need to meet the continual challenges of increased creativity and productivity amid ever-shrinking budgets. ASSIMILATE’s SCRATCH data-centric DI system, is the most comprehensive, end-to-end cinema and broadcast imaging tool for playback, conform, editing, color grading, compositing and finishing of RED and other digital workflows. SCRATCH Lab delivers a comprehensive toolset for the review, versioning, color correction, conform and output of on-set or VFX dailies. ASSIMILATE a privately held company, with headquarters in Santa Clara, California, USA, offices in London, UK, Groningen, NL and Beijing City, CN and markets its products worldwide via a global reseller network. To learn more please visit