FotoKem adds stereoscopic 3-D technology from Quantel

March 10, 2008

FotoKem, a feature film post house in Los Angeles, has acquired a Quantel Pablo 4K with the new Stereoscopic 3-D option. This is FotoKem’s fifth Pablo system.

The facility will use the new technology to perform DI color grading, editorial and compositing for stereoscopic 3-D special venue films, such as IMAX titles, and for the increasing number of studio features being produced in 3-D.

The Stereoscopic 3-D option for Pablo 4K allows operators to view work in 3-D context as they are working on it. Previously, operators have had to rely on inaccurate preview modes or employ play-out services to see the results of their work, which often led to imaging problems and production delays.

FotoKem anticipates increased 3-D work and thus added the 3-D option for its newest Quantel Pablo system. Stereoscopic 3-D films are becoming a hot trend in Hollywood, as studios seek ways to boost theater attendance by delivering experiences that cannot be replicated at home.

The Stereoscopic 3D solution can play out and process two streams of high-resolution media simultaneously without rendering. This enables stereo strength and convergence to be adjusted on-the-fly, allowing the operator to experiment interactively to achieve just the required stereo depth and impact on every shot. Colorimetry, sync, editorial and imaging errors are all instantly visible and easily fixed. The system can also operate in comparison mode, with views including 50/50 mix, left/right eye and difference map.

For more information, visit www.quantel.com.

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