News: Codex Digital Teams with Colorfront to Develop ARRIRAW Workflow for Features
by Cow News Droid on Feb 7, 2011 at 7:39:53 pm
Codex Digital technology used in tandem with Colorfront’s On-Set Dailies System during the production of “Styria,” the first film shot with ARRI Alexa to ARRIRRAW.
(London--February 7, 2011) Codex Digital’s Digital Lab and Onboard Recorders were recently used in conjunction with a new On-Set Dailies solution, developed by Budapest-based Colorfront, to produce digital dailies and other deliverables on the set of Styria, a Hungarian feature film production that is believed to be the first ever shot with the ARRI Alexa camera in ARRIRAW format.
The groundbreaking workflow enabled the filmmakers to capture full 2880 x 1620 pixel resolution uncompressed, 12-bit raw Bayer sensor camera data (via Codex Onboard Recorders), quickly produce and grade dailies for review (as well as other deliverables), and generate archival media while reducing costs and avoiding many time-consuming steps associated with traditional production.
“We believe this film marks a new milestone in file-based production,” said Codex Digital Managing Director Marc Dando. “Codex and Colorfront have carried on an intensive collaboration to ensure our products work well together and result in a smooth and seamless workflow for digital film production using ARRI Alexa.”
“The combination of these technologies results in image quality that is superior to anything previously possible with digital cameras,” added Colorfront Managing Director Aron Jaszberenyi. “We believe that many films will follow this same path in the year ahead. It results in beautiful images without many of the costs and hassles associated with traditional post production.”
Styria is a horror film inspired by a 19th century vampire tale by Irish novelist Sheridan LeFanu. Directors Maurichio Chernovetzky and Mark Devendorf shot the film in Hungary in a production spanning 25 days.
The Codex Digital Lab was used to offload media from Codex data packs attached to the ARRI Alexa digital film camera and then deliver it to the Colorfront On-Set Dailies System via a high-speed 10GbE connection. The Colorfront system was then used to screen and grade the dailies using a Christie 2K digital projector and a 7-meter cinema screen.
Sync sound dailies in both Apple ProRes 422 and H.264 QuickTime formats were provided to the producers in Budapest and Los Angeles using ARRI’s Webgate digital dailies service optimized for web delivery, iPhone and iPad. The ARRIRAW digital camera negative was archived to LTO-5 tape. Dailies grades applied during production will serve as the starting point for final DI grading to be completed at Colorfront’s facility in 2011.
Colorfront, based in Budapest, Hungary, is one of Europe's leading DI and postproduction facilities. The company was founded by brothers Mark and Aron Jaszberenyi, who together played a pivotal role in the emergence of non-linear DI. The company's R&D team earned an Academy Award for the development of Lustre, Autodesk's DI grading system.
Combining this in-depth expertise with a pedigree in the development of additional cutting-edge software for color enhancement and dust-busting, Colorfront offers today's most advanced technologies for scanning and recording, DI grading, conforming, digital dailies, VFX, online and offline editing, cinema sound mixing, mastering and deliverables.
About Codex Digital
Codex Digital, who are based in London, England design and manufacture high-end digital equipment for motion picture and television production. Products include award-winning high-resolution media recorders and a range of media management stations to manage the entire workflow of a digital production from set to post production. The company is setting new standards for end-to-end production workflow.