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Roundabout Upgrades its DaVinci Resolve

Finishing projects in HDR, especially 4K HDR, requires the latest technology and Burbank, CA’s, Roundabout Entertainment is riding the crest of the wave with new upgrades to its DaVinci Resolve finishing system.

The call for High Dynamic Range (HDR) finishing in 4K, often called Ultra High Definition (UHD), is one of the leading trends in Hollywood post production, and one of Burbank’s premiere finishing houses, Roundabout Entertainment, is staying ahead of the curve by upgrading its DaVinci resolve system from Blackmagic Design to the latest version 12.5.

“The need for HDR finishing and deliverable mastering has more than doubled in the last year,” Mike Esfahanian, vp Roundabout Entertainment told The Broadcast Bridge , “and it has always been our policy to keep up with the most sophisticated level of technology available.”

Interestingly, it’s the streaming services that are creating the greatest demand for 4K HDR finishing.

“We are currently providing finishing services for several Amazon original series. The Internet is taking the lead in 4K delivery since streaming services have the bandwidth to deliver it,” Esfahanian said.

Of course, it’s the talent behind the console that really makes the difference. In addition to lots of series and preservation work, Roundabout Entertainment’s senior colorist, Michael Smollin, has also graded some noteworthy features such as “Chasing Mavericks” and “Parental Guidance”.

As Esfahanian put it, “We want to make sure Michael has the latest tools that match his unique skills.”

Any new imaging technology benefits greatly from the guidance of a post house that can give new adopters confidence.

“Some of our clients are tip toeing into HDR,” Esfahanian said. “It’s become especially complicated by the advent of several different specifications for High Dynamic Range imagery. For example, Vizio’s Reference Series of monitors delivers 800 NITs brightness, but Dolby Vision is looking toward 4,000 NITs. With a system as flexible as the DaVinci Resolve 12.5 our clients know that if they need to re-grade their projects to meet a different standard we can help them complete the project on schedule and within budget.”

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