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Technicolor Hollywood ups HDR capability with Baselight X

Post-production facilities group Technicolor has installed a new FilmLight colour grading system at its premises in Hollywood. The Baselight X workstation is being used for both feature film and television drama projects in Ultra High Definition (UHD), with additional capability to service the growing demand for HDR.

Technicolor uses FilmLight for digital intermediate work, including colour correction and finishing, at its offices round the world, including in Montreal, New York and London as well as Los Angeles. While HDR (high dynamic range) grading is now part of the work at all these locations, there is particular demand for the technology at the Hollywood facility.

With the capability to produce a dynamic range of 200,000:1, HDR is regarded as a necessary enhancement to UHD/4k to produce images with greater definition and depth. In addition to 4k and HDR, Technicolor offers imaging formats including 120 frames per second stereoscopic 4k and 8k UHD.

Baselight X is able to output 4k 4:4:4 images, with frames rates of up to 60p. This enables operators to work with 4k material in native resolution. The grading workstation also incorporates a high capacity, high-speed storage unit that meets Dolby's specifications to play scans at 4k, 4096x3112 in 16-bit, while simultaneously caching to the disk drive.

Senior supervising colourist Maxine Gervais, whose credits include Sully: Miracle on the Hudson, Battlecreek, American Sniper and Pacific Rim, has used Baselight systems for some time and is excited to be working on this latest version. "Of the many things that are important to better serve my clients, one is to work directly from raw camera files," she says. "As camera technologies evolve, it's become common for shows to capture and deliver 6k raw files. And some are moving towards a 4k visual effects workflow too. The additional processing power and storage of Baselight X allows me to work with today's larger files without sacrificing real-time playback with complex colour grading and compositing."

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