IRIDAS Extends RAW Support to ARRI D20 Camera

Real-Time Playback at 3K Resolution
IRIDAS, who introduced the first live playback of RAW files earlier this year, today announced support for real-time de-Bayering of ARRI D20 digital camera footage. The ARRI RAW file format, which offers 3K resolution and 12-bit color depth, can be played directly in FrameCycler and SpeedGrade. Since RAW files are one third the size of uncompressed RGB formats, this means substantially lower storage requirements and will save filmmakers the time that would otherwise be required to render RAW footage before it can be viewed.

“The new IRIDAS RAW playback capability is the link that has been missing until now,” said Achim Oehler, D20 project manager at ARRI. “Now we have a seamless solution for working with the D20 RAW data in its native format.”

“Working with RAW is just much more efficient,” said Lin Kayser, IRIDAS CEO. “There’s less data to move, less, to store, and yet you’re working at full 3K resolution. This will be tremendous for digital dailies workflows with the non-destructive color correction capabilities of SpeedGrade DDS, for example.”

The ARRI D20 is the third RAW file format supported by IRIDAS. CineForm RAW, and the Phantom camera RAW format are the others.

Support for the ARRI D20 3K RAW format will be made available with SpeedGrade DDS, IRIDAS new digital dailies application scheduled for release in August 2007, as well as the other SpeedGrade and FrameCycler products. For more information, please contact IRIDAS at +49 89 330 35 142.

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 by most major animation and postproduction houses. IRIDAS is an independent, privately held company headquartered in Munich, Germany. For more information, visit

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