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Digital Spring Awakening

PostFactory has brought a number of its systems up to date, with a focus on stability, speed and quality. In particular, the following actions were carried out:

Speed 1: 10 GigE. With the investment in a 26 port 10 Gigabit Ethernet Enterprise Switch, PostFactory has set a new basis for future developments. This will be a major benefit for projects with a large volume of grading and VFX data transfers between workstations.

Stability 1: Trilogy Mentor XL. The new central clock now delivers HD Sync signals with up to 1080 60p.

Quality 1: The SteadyFrame scanner was upgraded by P + S Technik to version 1.3.2. The new sensor and software bring to positive film an even better detail in the blacks. In addition, new uniformity algorithms were implemented which can impressively reduce optical fluctuations.

Speed 2: The Baselight Two 4.3 has been fully equipped with new hardware and software. The new system architecture achieves a significantly higher throughput (circa 12-layer realtime HD) and with 48 TB even more memory is available for parallel cinema projects.

Stability 2: Blackmagic Design Pocket UltraScope. A further system to support the signal control.

Quality 3: The Snell Archangel Ph C Restoration System has been updated to version 3.1. With the timeline now integrated, even more precise results in restoration are possible and different events and parameters can be maintained.

Speed 3: Blackmagic Design HyperDeck Studio. SSD Recording with 3 recording modes: QuickTime uncompressed 422, Avid DNxHD, Apple ProResHQ 422 , Record straight onto SSD. Edit straight from SSD into AVID.

Stability 3: Flame and Smoke Advanced 2013. DVS Clipster 2K 4.3 (enables BluRay encoding and new DCP features). Avid updated to the new version 6, but 5.5 remains installed in parallel.

Speed 4: the render farm has been brought up to circa 500 GHz. Ventuz 3 Live presentation: Rendering was Yesterday.

Quality 4: Sony Trimaster EL PVM-2540: Black is back! Sony's latest OLED monitor has generated a lot of enthusiasm: So we have integrated it in the Grading Cinema and calibrated it with Truelight Probe and it can now compete with the legendary BVM-A24. Only the viewing angle is still the last domain of CRT technology - who would have thought?

Seeber001Guido Seeber (1879-1940)
was, alongside the brothers
Max and Emil Skladanowsky
and Oscar Messter, one of the
most important German
pioneers of film. He was one
of the most important camera-
men, not only of early German
but also of international film.
He founded the Studio Babels-
berg in 1911/12. Guido Seeber
dedicated his life to the new art
of cinematography, as camera-man, inventor, teacher, technical writer and entrepreneur. In
nearly 40 years in the profession, he worked on 50 major motion pictures as »camera operator«. Seeber was not only a practitioner of film, he was also a theorist of the media.

GuidoSeeberProjektRetuschenPostFactoryRestoration work
in the PostFactory

Project report from »FKT«: Download

At the Berlinale:
The first panning shot in world history
PostFactory restores film treasures
from the early days of film

For the 100th birthday of the Babelsberg Studios, as part of a project of the Deutschen Kinemathek, TeleFactory Babelsberg and PostFactory Berlin have been digitizing and restoring for the first time, film material from the estate of the founder of Studio Babelsberg: film pioneer and cameraman Guido Seeber. They are rediscovered films from the absolute beginnings of cinema, including some dating back to 1896, with many amazing and sensational finds. For example, the first panning shot in world history, the first stop-motion, or the "Inverted Berlin". The "Kameramann" Guido Seeber, developed ways of working that are now commonplace: panning, stop-tricks, superimposition, film-reel changes, camera movements, backgrounds, screens, film and animation tricks; he also made experiments with talkies.

Guido Seeber had early on made the camera portable and designed the first making-ofs. From this material, about 90 minutes from the period around 1900 have survived. Tele-Factory has digitized and restored this nitro material, which was kept by Guido Seeber's widow until her death and then moved to an archive, in collaboration with the Deutschen Kinemathek. The technical work was undertaken by PostFactory, which is the only company in Berlin equipped with all the technical possibilities for the digital restoration, such as a P + S and an archive scanner developed by the BBC, HD Snell Archangel.
The project was presented at the Berlinale in the Deutschen Kinemathek.

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Film Restoration: »M« now new on BluRay. TLE Films brought the classic Fritz Lang film to PostFactory for a complete HD restoration. Previously unavailable material was scanned and adapted. Much attention was given to image stabilization. The BluRay contains 360 minutes of extras exclusive to the 2011 restoration projection, e.g. »before and after« comparisons.

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Upgrade: PostFactory has upgraded the entire work-flow to also enable the highest quality realization of S3D projects. Editing, online, VFX, grading and mastering – corresponding S3D workstations are available for every step of the process: Avid, smoke, flame, baselight, clipster. Special attention is focussed on mastering. PostFactory are the first in Germany to implement the Sony MPE 200 Live-S3D image processor. It corrects stereo-source errors in real time, guaranteeing the necessary quality of live 3D pictures and verifying broadcast compatibility. In particular, for mobile production units a subsequent correction of image depth and alignment is necessary if stereo cameras have to be synchronised or, in the case of processing a TV production for a cinema projection, depth settings have to be recalibrated. This can be impressively demonstrated in our large Grading Cinema by viewing the production “Berliner Philharmoniker – A Musical Journey in 3D”.

 

Audi R18 TD1 LMS scores in Le Mans:
At the 24 hour race in Le Mans, the ubiquitous HD flat-screens in the Audi race lounges were fed by PostFactory. In action was a Ventuz Real-Time player, bringing the unfolding events to life with animated 3D graphics. Good information and good atmosphere: after an exciting race the R18 defeated the Peugots.

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