FrameCycler VenueSystem Goes Slow Dancing

IRIDAS Provides Playback and Color Correction for New David Michalek Art Installation

Munich: July 12, 2007 … IRIDAS, who introduced the first software solution for uncompressed playback in 2001, is supplying the playback and color correction technologies used in David Michalek’s Slow Dancing art installation. The piece, projected outdoors onto three 50-foot screens in front of the New York State Theater, runs from July 12 through 27. A customized edition of FrameCycler VenueSystem is providing playback and real-time color adjustments during the exhibition.

Slow Dancing is collage of short sequences showcasing elite dancers from around the world. Each dancer was filmed at extremely high speed with the Phantom camera; the finished pieces are played back in hyper-slow motion. FrameCycler VenueSystem provides the advantages of full resolution playback and pristine picture quality on large screens. “I am a perfectionist when it comes to color and image,” said artist David Michalek. “I did a shoot-out using the same sequence and projector to compare uncompressed frames, using FrameCycler VenueSystem, and state-of-the art encoding of the same data. As the size of the projected image grew, it was clear that uncompressed HD was meatier, had more texture, more detail. The image had more life to it. The point is that the IRIDAS approach allows me to hold onto my data.”

IRIDAS’ SpeedGrade was used in postproduction. “For color adjustments we used SpeedGrade .Look files. The beauty of .Look files is that we could create individual grades and apply them selectively to each sequence rather than having to do a universal correct. That allowed me to approach each piece differently.”

A key advantage of non-destructive, GPU-base color correction is that it can applied live – without affecting the original content. “One of the challenges we face with Slow Dancing is the changing ambient light conditions,” explained David Michalek. “To maintain image fidelity, we need a way to respond to that variable in real time. With IRIDAS I can apply real-time color adjustments during the performances. Nothing else will let me do that.”

Slow Dancing is being shown every evening from 9:00 pm to 1:00 am on the façade of the New York State Theater July 12 – 27, 2007. FrameCycler VenueSystem is part of the FrameCycler family of uncompressed playback applications. For more information visit or contact IRIDAS at +49…, or IRIDAS USA at (818) 951-8927.

Read the complete interview with David Michalek at

About David Michalek
David Michalek is an artist who takes the concept and techniques of portraiture as the starting points for the creation of his works, on both a large and small-scale, in a range of mediums. Slow Dancing is his most recent project. For more information visit

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

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