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Assimilate Scratch 8.4 targets DITs, post workflows

Assimilate’s latest version of Scratch is now available. Scratch 8.4 is offering new features such as ACES Log, support of the new 10-bit deep-color option in the latest version of OS X, bi-directional editing and improved online content review. According to company CEO Jeff Edson, their goal is “developing realtime tools and a workflow that DITs, post artists and all filmmakers need,” at an affordable price. Scratch 8.4 is available at a range of price points, from $60 per month to $650 per year. Site licenses are also available.

“We provide an extensive toolset for DITs so they can easily work with multiple formats,” says Edson. “They can also do everything, from simple jobs to expanding their skill set to color grade on set, collaborate on looks with DPs, do visual previews and create deliverables. And now with Scratch Web they can do cloud-based, realtime reviews as well.”

The new ACES log-grading option, they say, makes working in ACES as easy as working in any other log-space media. ACES Log gives the Scratch grading tools a more natural feel and response when working with ACES clips, and there’s no need to convert media or add steps to an ACES workflow. Users can just set the Scratch project to use ACES Log, and the Scratch color-space management will take care of any required transforms.

Scratch 8.4 also offers increased conform flexibility so users can now import a partial timeline from an EDL, AAF or XML project and use placeholders for any missing media, all while preserving all the metadata from the conform file. They can easily replace the placeholders at a later time, when the missing media becomes available.

There is an enhanced noise generator in this new version, which enables better blending of composite elements from different sources into the main scene. Another update includes a new video wall option, which allows users to quickly view and compare a series of versions of a single shot, or compare multiple shots within a timeline in one view. With the new right-view option, they can display all versions on a reference screen or projector for the client and update in realtime while continuing to work on the individual shots on their main UI display. Enhanced XML scripting options let users further extend and integrate Scratch with other tools to create an advanced and fully automated processing pipeline. Additional multilingual options are also available, so in addition to a simple switch from an English to Chinese UI, Scratch now has bidirectional editing capabilities for text in Arabic, Hebrew or other bidirectional languages. This feature is useful for entering any metadata in a Scratch project, as well as for rendering subtitles or adding burn-in text onto output.

The company also announced new features for Scratch Web, including:

– A quick-link option to create a direct link to a publication. Users can restrict that link with an expiration date or protect it with a password.
– The ability end links to clients for content review. The client does not need a Scratch Web account.
– Customizable subdomains that go beyond changing the background of the log-in screen and uploading a logo. Users can create a subdomain to brand a facility.

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