IRIDAS Releases SpeedGrade DI 2007

See New Version of Grading and Film Finishing Application at IBC

Munich: August 31, 2007 … IRIDAS, who introduced the first non-destructive color grading application in 2003, has announced the release of SpeedGrade DI 2007. The high-end color grading and film finishing application offers a long list of new features and enhancements including the optional DualStream stereoscopic module for true 3D color grading, and real-time RAW for playback and grading of unrendered RAW footage. IRIDAS will present SpeedGrade DI 2007 at the Ciprico booth at IBC in Amsterdam.

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Vodafone and Nike commercials finished in SpeedGrade DI 2007.
Images courtesy of Crabsalad.

SpeedGrade DI 2007 is the only real-time film finishing system to run on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. The application features an intuitive, timeline-based interface and applies grading, conform, masks, pan & scans non-destructively to locally stored, or SAN-stored, footage. This means that all work remains fully editable until final rendering. New features include more powerful conform tools which simplify EDL imports and allow for easy comparison of takes, refined secondaries including blur, support for the ARRI defect map for film scans and film restoration work, faster rendering, nVidia QuadroFX 5600 support, and support for the Tangent CP200 control panel series.

Rather than requiring users to purchase additional plug-ins, SpeedGrade DI ships with numerous FX shaders such as bleach bypass for creating stylized looks. The 2007 edition adds several new FX shaders including Technicolor 2-Strip, Technicolor 3-Strip, day-for-night, and more.

“For me the best thing about SpeedGrade DI is the scope it offers for designing creative looks,” said Laurens Orij, VFX supervisor at Crabsalad in Amsterdam. “I can simulate film lab processes like bleach bypass or Technicolor 2-Strip using FX shaders in realtime. 3D LUTs can be used as a basis for looks so that I can, for instance, grade video footage using a Kodak print film’s response curve. This flexibility sets SpeedGrade apart – and all my looks can be saved as .Look files for archiving and use on other projects.”

SpeedGrade DI offers special advantages to visual effects and motion graphics work, two of Crabsalad’s specialties. “I can stack different layers of grading and make quick composites using alpha channels.” explained Orij. “We can have live action shots with VFX or motion graphics on top: the layers can be graded together or separately.”

Crabsalad makes good use of SpeedGrade’s interoperability with FrameCycler in their commercial and feature film work. “The timeline setup is excellent. We can review shots in FrameCycler with looks applied, setup timelines, and then send the whole package back to SpeedGrade DI for final grading and finishing.”

SpeedGrade DI 2007 is part of the SpeedGrade family of grading applications and is available immediately from IRIDAS or through the IRIDAS reseller network. Visitors to IBC can see SpeedGrade DI 2007 and the rest of the IRIDAS 2007 product line at the Ciprico booth (7.709). For more information, contact IRIDAS at +49 89 330 35 142, IRIDAS USA at (818) 951-8927, or visit www.speedgrade.com.

About IRIDAS
IRIDAS pioneered desktop film-resolution playback in 2001. Its FrameCycler products are now the industry standard for frame-based image review. In 2003 IRIDAS introduced the first non-destructive color correction application. Today SpeedGrade and FrameCycler provide the critical links in an end-to-end pipeline for uncompressed content and color metadata. IRIDAS’ applications are used by filmmakers around the world and most major animation and postproduction houses. IRIDAS is an independent, privately held company headquartered in Munich, Germany. For more information, visit www.iridas.com.


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