Las Vegas, Nevada- April 14 2008 â€“ At the NAB Conference, Cooke Optics Ltd., a premier manufacturer of precision lenses for the motion picture industry, announced that Silicon Imaging, a leader in IT-centric high-definition digital camera and RAW workflow solutions, has incorporated support for the Cooke-developed /i Technology into its SI-2Kâ„¢ digital cinema platform. Cookeâ€™s /i Technology enables film and digital cameras to automatically record key lens and camera data for every film frame shot and provide it to post-production teams digitally. The technology streamlines both production and post, saving significant time and costs and eliminating guesswork.
Silicon Imagingâ€™s SI-2K digital cinema platform offers 2K DCI-compliant resolution, direct-to-disk CineForm RAW portable recording, 11 f-stops dynamic range, embedded IRIDAS SpeedGrade and Silicon DvR software support, and a universal lens mount. This fall, the company plans to ship the SI-2K with support for /i Technology, enabling the camera to read /i metadata directly.
Ari Presler, CEO of Silicon Imaging, said, â€œBringing /i Technology to the SI-2K platform is just one more tool that weâ€™re offering to help streamline processes and preserve useful metadata among pre-production, on-set, post-production and visual effects. Along with 3D stereoscopic camera control, direct ingest to editing platforms, and support for integration of on-set grading, /i is an important link in the powerful non-linear workflow that the SI-2K platform offers, spanning from the initial concept to final delivery.â€?
Cooke Optics Chairman Les Zellan said, â€œSilicon Imaging has taken a pioneering role in bringing a whole workflow together within the design concept of the SI-2K platform. Giving users access to extremely accurate frame-by-frame lens and camera metadata captured with /i Technology improves the efficiency and quality of the entire workflow.â€?
Silicon Imaging joins Aaton, ARRI, Avid, Cinematography Electronics, CMotion, Dalsa, Mark Roberts Motion Control, Preston Cinema Systems, RED, The Pixel Farm and Service Vision in supporting /i Technology. Cooke Optics has also incorporated the protocol into its own S4/i series of Prime and Zoom lenses, providing cinematographers and camera operators with vital information on lens setting, focusing distance, aperture and depth-of-field, hyperfocal distance, serial number, owner data, lens type, focal length in both metric and footage measurements, and zoom position for zoom lenses.
About Cooke Optics, LTD.
Cooke is a storied name in both cinematographic and the ultra-high-end professional photography markets. Known worldwide for their precision, exacting tolerances and superior quality, Cooke lenses are specified by many of the worldâ€™s most respected cinematographers. Cooke is also the developer behind /i Technology, the protocol enabling vital lens and camera information to be captured and passed digitally to post-production teams. Recent films shot with Cooke lenses include American Gangster, The Assassination of Jesse James, The Bourne Ultimatum, City of Ember, Hairspray, and Transformers, and television shows including Bionic Woman, Entourage, Greyâ€™s Anatomy, Journeyman, Life, Monk, and many others.