21st February 2008 – Digital Vision, the premier supplier of picture enhancement systems for film and television post-production, announces today that leading London post production company The Farm Group has purchased a second Film Master colour grading system. The second machine is installed at Farm-subsidiary Uncle, where it has so far been used on projects as diverse as The Mighty Boosh (BBC3) and Wild at Heart (ITV1).
â€œItâ€™s great,â€? comments David Klafkowski, technical director at The Farm Group. â€œOur colourists saw all the nonlinear devices currently available but for the type of work that we were going to be doing they simply preferred the Film Master. The functionality of the GUI and control surface was right for them. The panel has the feel of a solid piece of engineering.â€?
The Film Masters are running on the DVS Workstation and SANs and complement the linear grading suites are still run across the group. â€œOur initial brief was to be able to replicate what could be done in our existing linear suite,â€? says Klafkowski. â€œThe Film Master came closest to that mark but it also brings a whole load of other things to the table: the ability to add an indefinite number of layers, noise reduction, clean-up tools, motion tracking and so on. Things sometimes take longer in nonlinear grading environments, but thatâ€™s simply because you can do more!â€?
In the final analysis the crucial point for Klafkowski is that the machines are stable and reliable, a fact which he acknowledges is perhaps not headline grabbing but was of significant importance when deciding to purchase the second unit. â€œWith grading, the suite hardware isnâ€™t the hero, we sell the colourist not the machine,â€? he says. â€œSo what we want from that machine is for it to sit in the background unnoticed and give the colourists the tools to do their jobs as quickly and creatively as possible. And that is precisely what the Film Master does.â€?
â€œWe are delighted that The Farm Group has added a second Film Master system, confirming its ability to grade quickly and reliably for broadcast where deadlines are tight and you typically only get a day to finish an entire programme, â€œ adds Simon Cuff, President and COO, Digital Vision.
Digital Vision provides innovative image restoration, enhancement, colour correction and data conforming systems that major movie studios, television networks and post-production facilities use to produce and enhance feature films, TV programs and commercials. The companyâ€™s Nucoda product line provides a strong suite of products for tapeless and non linear grading for HD broadcast and 2k/4k digital intermediate productions. The companyâ€™s award-winning products are a standard of the media and entertainment industry and are deployed at top facilities and broadcasters around the world.
Digital Vision AB was founded in 1988 and is headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, with three wholly owned subsidiaries, Digital Vision (US) in Los Angeles, California; Digital Vision UK in London, England; and Digital Vision in Hong Kong, China. The company maintains its global presence through a network of qualified distributors. Digital Vision is listed on the Stockholm stock exchange. For further information, go to