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03.18.2008
Originally featured on BroadcastEngineering.com
1080 DLP projector plays vital role in QC process for ‘Earth’

A cineo30 1080 DLP eCinema projector from Norway’s projectiondesign was used during the post-production quality control process for the feature film “Earth,” which made its Blu-ray Disc debut yesterday and was released in theaters in November 2007.

Co-produced by BBC Worldwide and Greenlight Media, “Earth” took five years to shoot and 18 months for post production. “Earth” is an epic portrait of the diversity of life on the planet and the threat posed by human activity. The movie, which cost $15 million to make, has been screened in 4K in digital cinemas via distribution partnership with Arts Alliance Digital.

Source footage was shot on a variety of formats, including HDCam, Varicam, DigiBeta, HDV, Super 16mm, 35mm, HD D5 and data, making post challenging, said post supervisor Jon Thompson of The Worx. The cineo30 1080 projector from projectiondesign was useful in the post process because its compact size allowed it to be used in a small post-production room while “still using the P3 color space which is larger than that of HD,” Thompson said.

For QC, Thompson integrated the cineo30 1080 with the Nucoda Film Master X17 and Filmlight Baselight 8 grading packages. Editing was performed at Unit using MacPro, Final Cut Pro HD, Flame/Inferno, Adobe After Effects and a render farm. Three different versions, including one each for film, digital cinema and HD Blu-ray release, were required.

For more information, visit www.projectiondesign.com.



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