On-set Colour Collaboration from Codex and OFFHOLLYWOOD

The 2016 NAB Show saw the continuing trend for collaboration between technology companies. On the colour management side the Codex Live system was demonstrated integrating with the OFFHOLLYWOOD OMOD application for RED Digital Cinema range of cameras. This is designed to create a direct production chain from the set or location to the post house and incorporates remote grading using HDR technology.

Codex Digital's Live package is designed for both managing colour and creating looks for scenes during shooting. The OMOD module produced by OFFHOLLYWOOD, now part of the Vitec Group, is designed specifically for RED cameras and feature three discrete HD-SDI outputs that can be fed from the camera's SDI and HDMI monitor pathways.

Because the OMOD outputs can accommodate the operations of a CDL (colour decision list) or 3D LUT (look-up table), it is able to connect to Codex Live, enabling operators to grade over a wireless circuit in real-time. The Live is able to produce CDLs and 3D LUTs directly to the OMOD, with features including Codex Review for previwing material and the ability to prepare deliverable using the Codex Production Suite.

A key feature is the ability of the two systems working together to produce live HDR in parallel with SDR signals. This means that, for what is believed to be the first time, CDLs can be graded to a HDT output. "We developed Codex Live to meet a need for secure colour pipelines that are integrated into the production to post workflow, so that the look created on-set is exactly what appears in the VFX, editorial deliverables and in the DI grading suite," commented Brian Gaffney, vice president of business development with Codex.

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