Aardman Animation strengthens digital workflow with Digital Vision

Stockholm, Sweden – 20th July, 2009 – Digital Vision, the premier supplier of picture enhancement systems for film and television post-production, is pleased to announce that multi-award winning film company and Wallace & Gromit creators, Aardman Animations, has purchased a Digital Vision Data Conform for work on its next feature release.‘The Pirates! – In An Adventure With Scientists’ is a stop-frame release based on the cult ‘Pirates’ books by Gideon Defoe and is slated for a 2012 release. Directed by Aardman co-founder, Peter Lord, it’s the first Aardman stop-frame feature film to be shot digitally rather than on film.

According to ‘Pirates!’ Technical Director, Tom Barnes, the Data Conform will initially be used to feed rushes into the company’s d-cinema projector for approval. “We plan to use it as a tool for assembling and viewing work for assessment,” he says. “We also find that the ability to project from Avid and conform rushes from an Avid EDL is a big advantage and it’s great that we can mix 3k TIFF, 2k DPX, jpeg, Quicktime and MXF on the same timeline and instantly review with realtime scaling and colourspace conversion.”

Simon Cuff, President and COO comments; “it is really gratifying that when Aardman made the transition from film cameras to digital cameras that they looked to Digital Vision products. Data Conform is a completely modular product that has options for conforming, compositing, video IO, grading and of course can run our Emmy winning DVO image enhancement tools. It can grow with your requirements and has been used on literally 1000’s of motion pictures since it’s first release in 2002.”


About Digital Vision
Digital Vision provides innovative image restoration, enhancement, colour correction and data conforming systems that major movie studios, television networks and post-production facilities use to master and deliver feature films, TV programs and commercials. The company’s Nucoda product line provides a strong suite of products for tapeless and non linear grading for HD broadcast and 2k/4k digital intermediate productions. The company’s award-winning products are a standard of the media and entertainment industry and are deployed at top facilities and broadcasters around the world.

Digital Vision AB was founded in 1988 and is headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, with three wholly owned subsidiaries, Digital Vision (US) in Los Angeles, California; Digital Vision UK in London, England; and Digital Vision in Hong Kong, China. The company maintains its global presence through a network of qualified distributors. Digital Vision is listed on the Stockholm stock exchange. For further information, go to www.digitalvision.se.

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