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HPA Links With Collaborative Networks

A look at collaborative networking at the HPA Tech Retreat included updates from Smartjog and AboveNet. Also addressed:

–Peter Wilson introduced MUPPITS (Multiple User Post Production IT Services), an R&D project to develop an open and secure collaborative system based on a service-oriented architecture. Partners include Sohonet, Pinewood, BBC, Molinare and Smoke and Mirrors. The main aims of the projects is to offer remote rendering, as well as a tapeless workflow. To learn more: www.muppits.org.uk

–CineGrid Exchange Architecture is growing and by spring of this year, global capacity is expected to reach 256 TB connected via a 10 GigE cyberinfrastructure. Demonstrations have included 4K uncompressed interactive color grading between CinePost in Prague and UC San Diego.

HPA Demo Room Roundup Part 1

Gary Demos is showing a technology demonstration of a realtime decode software, at the Image Essence exhibit at the HPA Tech Retreat,
Supporting a P3 color gamut, the software was running on single chip Intel hardware, and was used to display a range of material—720p and 1080i/24fps; StEM and CAS material; and CGI, film-based, Viper, Dalsa and other footage.
Demonstrating that the technology is adaptive to a variety of image types, Demos explained: “I’m trying to make a universal coding system that can handle all of the difference types of presentation materials.”
He suggested that this could be useful starting at principal photography.
Also shown was real-time 4K decode, using a two-chip Intel system.

Also in the demo room:

DVDigital Vision showed its new grain tool and open EXR grading (pictured, upper image). The grain reducer has new algorithms with grain characteristics analysis for automated grain reduction, and a new motion estimation engine.

filmlightFilmlight previewed the next version 4.2 of Baselight (pictured, lower image), which will ship around NAB. It includes a new dirt fix tool, as well as additional control for lift, gamma and gain.

S.two showed a portable RAID device that accommodates 2-2 ½ hours of material, scheduled to ship in about six weeks.

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