FilmLight Workflow Employed by ITV Studios
New home for ‘Coronation Street’ introduces tight integration between Baselight grading and Avid editing
July 30, 2014
LONDON —As part of its move to a new production
base, ITV’s popular continuing drama, “Coronation
Street,” has implemented a new grading workflow based around FilmLight
technology. As well as a Baselight ONE grading system with Slate control
surface, five of the productions edit suites are equipped with Baselight
Editions, putting the creative grading toolset directly inside Avid.
moved to its new home in MediacityUK, in the northwest of England, at the
beginning of 2014. This location includes external streets, practical sets and
studio space, together with all the post-production required to deliver completed
programs on a fast turnaround. With the drama transmitted five times a week,
the production team is creating the equivalent of a full-length feature film
outputs from multiple simultaneous shoots are captured as files and immediately
loaded onto an Avid ISIS shared storage system. The Baselight ONE grading suite
sits on the ISIS network and performs a master grade without having to render a
single frame—grading information is passed to the edit suites as metadata in
the AAF files, including tracking information, windows and keyframes.
By working on
the same media in its native format, metadata exchanges between the grading and
editing suites are very fast and there is no loss of quality — or time —
through rendering or file conversion. Baselight for Avid allows editors to make
changes to the grade if necessary, and also the lead colorist can pull edited
shots (and their adjusted grades) back into Baselight to make further changes
in the master suite. Baselight Editions include the same core toolset as full
Baselight systems, with the same graphical user interface, but implemented to
run as a plugin on the editor or effects workstation.
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