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HPA Engineering Excellence winners: BMD, Canon, Cinnafilm, IBM Aspera & Telestream

The Hollywood Professional Association (HPA) Awards Committee has announced the winners of the 2018 HPA Engineering Excellence Award. Winners were determined at a blue ribbon judging session held at IMAX on June 16. The awards will be given out on November 15 at the 13th annual HPA Awards gala at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles.

The Engineering Excellence Award was created to spotlight and reward companies and individuals providing services to the professional media content industry for their outstanding technical and creative ingenuity in media, content production, finishing, distribution and archiving. The HPA Awards launched in 2005 to recognize creative artistry, innovation and engineering excellence in the professional media content industry.

Joachim Zell, chair of the HPA Awards Engineering Committee says, “Once again, the Engineering Excellence judging sessions brought us outstanding presentations from a variety of companies at work in different parts of the media and entertainment ecosystem. The presenters are representative of the amazing work that great companies and brilliant individuals are bringing to the marketplace. The judges had a strong field of excellent technologies to evaluate, and the results were extremely close. Based on the effort, talent and time from the presenters and the enthusiasm of the judges, it is clear that the HPA Engineering Excellence award is meaningful to our industry, and I want to personally thank our presenters and our intrepid judges. Congratulations to the winners and to the entrants for truly impressive work.”

The winners of the 2018 HPA Award for Engineering Excellence are:

Blackmagic Design – DaVinci Resolve 15
DaVinci Resolve 15, released at NAB this year, offers a major step forward for the post production workflow, a significant shift in technically and creatively matched toolsets as well as overall efficiency. The platform, designed to provide a full suite of post tools, from ingest to delivery, directly integrated in a single ecosystem, includes significant improvements in quality, functionality and time to delivery. Exchange formats, translation and conform can be eliminated, and last-minute change efficiently managed for feature film, episodic TV and short form productions.

“We’re honored to be selected by the Hollywood Professional Association for one of this year’s Engineering Excellence Awards,” says BMD US president Dan May. “Blackmagic Design’s focus has always been to help provide the most innovative tools to the entertainment industry, and being recognized by the HPA for our newest advancements in DaVinci Resolve 15 helps us feel that we are on the right path. We want to thank the judging committee as well as HPA as a whole for its dedication to all advancements in technical and creative ingenuity. Congratulations also go out to all the winners this year. We are in amazing company.”

Canon – Visual and Technical Monitoring of HDR Images
Canon has seen the need for not only visually seeing HDR images on set, in editorial and in finishing but also for engineering tools to know exact values of the HDR images and their pixels; compare SDR and HDR images; compare different HDR deliverable systems; out-of-gamut warnings; and connection to various manufacturers camera metadata.

This complete system from Canon ensures that HDR and SDR image creation is easily and accurately accomplished.

“Canon is thrilled to be among those recognized by the Hollywood Professional Association with an Engineering Excellence Award. The built-in HDR toolkit that now comes standard in our 4K reference displays is a leap forward in creating and monitoring HDR content,” says Kazuto Ogawa, president and chief operating officer, Canon USA.

Cinnafilm – PixelStrings
PixelStrings is a cloud-based video conversion service focusing on ultimate playback quality for media. Leveraging the award-winning framerate conversion, retiming, artifact/noise/telecine correction and transcode technologies from Cinnafilm, this PaaS enables the mass creation of best-possible video versions while leveraging infinite, GPU-enabled cloud compute power. The platform is a growing hub of other best-of-breed media technologies and is a simple pay-as-you-use toolset available 24/7 though a browser. PixelStings enables the freedom of a predictable OpEx process.

“Winning the HPA Engineering Award is such an amazing honor for us,” says CEO Lance Maurer. “The Cinnafilm team has created something truly special with PixelStrings — when respected peers recognize the impact an endeavor like this represents to our industry, it is really quite special.”

IBM Aspera & Telestream – Telestream Vantage With Lightspeed Live Capture Powered by Aspera
IBM Aspera and Telestream have developed a game-changing solution for high-speed capture and production of live, broadcast-quality video from remote locations for faster production turnaround. The API integration of Aspera’s FASPStream streaming technology with Telestream Vantage and Lightspeed Live enables open-file workflows so production teams can work on live video feeds from remote locations in real time, with dramatically lower costs compared to satellite delivery, fiber or on-location production and more flexible deployment options.

“Winning the HPA Engineering Excellence award is a fantastic recognition of the remarkable contributions from many individuals at both Telestream and Aspera,” says Telestream CEO Scott Puopolo. “The original concept was literally drawn on the back of a napkin at NAB 2017 by Telestream’s Dave Norman and Aspera’s Mike Flathers. One year later, it’s the backbone of Fox Sports’ FIFA World Cup post production workflow. It’s a tremendous achievement for both companies.”

Honorable Mention:
Samsung — Samsung Onyx
The Samsung Onyx Cinema LED technology with DCI certification has come to market for both cinema and post uses with two models: a 2K resolution five-meter screen and a 4K resolution 10.3-meter screen. LED technology delivers visual quality, technical performance and reliability beyond that of traditional projector-based operations. This system also features surround sound from Harman/JBL. While operating nominally with traditional 14 fT-L SDR imagery, the screen is adopting support for HDR systems such as EClairColor and PQ with operating points at least to 300 cd/m2 and black performance including “off” and 0.005 cd/m2.

In addition to the honors for excellence in engineering, the HPA Awards will recognize excellence in 12 craft categories including color grading, editing, sound and visual effects.

The recipients of the Judges Award for Creativity and Innovation and other special awards will be announced in the coming weeks.

Our HPA Tech Retreat video coverage

Last month, tech folks from all aspects of post production gathered in the California desert to learn about new trends, tech and workflows at the annual HPA Tech Retreat.
They also got to mingle… a lot.

postPerspective was there and had the opportunity to capture some video of the goings-on and interview folks from Cinnafilm, MTI Film, FilmLight, SMPTE and more.

Click this link to watch them all!

Wohler bringing Tachyon Wormhole 2.0 to HPA Tech Retreat

Wohler Technologies has updated its Tachyon Wormhole version 2. This joint venture from Wohler and Cinnafilm provides automated file-based retiming and standards conversion in a single appliance. They will have the product on display at the upcoming HPA Tech Retreat taking place in Indian Wells, California, next month.

Wohler’s RadiantGrid Intelligent Media Transformation Platform provides the processing engine for the Tachyon Wormhole appliance, which runs Cinnafilm’s Tachyon algorithms. Tachyon Wormhole enables a plus or minus run-time adjustment of media assets by content owners or broadcasters while preserving the overall viewer experience including not only video and audio quality, but also closed caption integrity. By shortening or lengthening the run-time of program content, providers can meet the time requirements of a network without undertaking time-consuming, hands-on editing. (Check out postPerspective’s interview with Performance Post on how they use the system.)

Some Details
Among the updates to Tachyon Wormhole is segmented retiming. Rather than retime the file as a whole, operators can use timecodes to designate certain regions or segments of a media file to be retimed. In this manner, users can also exclude certain segments from retiming. For example, this functionality would allow the operator to prevent an opening credit sequence from being adjusted.

The new release of Tachyon Wormhole also will include an application-specific user interface that gives users a straightforward mechanism for preparing and launching a retiming project.

Tachyon Wormhole is available directly from Wohler and from a select network of value-added resellers. The new version 2 release is available now.

The Tachyon Wormhole product received an HPA Engineering Excellence Award last year.

Image: Hardik Shah, a Wohler quality assurance engineer, working with the new interface.

 

Performance Post: embracing new tech, working efficiently

This 30-year-old facility recently installed the Tachyon Wormhole for retiming work.

By Randi Altman

How do you get to celebrate 30 years as an independently owned post house in this industry? In addition to the obvious, such as quality work and servicing clients, you need to evolve your business with the needs of the industry.

Performance Post, a boutique-sized studio opened in 1984 by Fausto Sanchez, has re-invented itself a few times over the years. When they began, they were working with short-form content, such as promos. They then evolved into long-form work and everything in between, such as Continue reading

HPA offers up winners of Engineering Excellence, Judges awards

With the HPA Awards ceremony a month away, the Hollywood Post Alliance has released the names of companies and organizations that will be receiving honors this year for their technology and innovations.

The 2014 Engineering Excellence Award and the HPA Judges Award for Creativity and Innovation in Post Production awards recognize the technical excellence and creative innovation that continually drive the post production industry in the advancement and support of content creation.

The awards will be handed out on November 6 during the 9th Annual HPA Awards event at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles.

According to the HPA, the Engineering Excellence Award spotlights companies and individuals who draw upon technical and creative ingenuity and apply it to real-world post demands while raising the profile of breakthrough technologies.

The winners of the 2014 HPA Engineering Excellence Awards are:

Macom: 12G-SDI Chipset
12G-SDI is the next data rate in the evolution of SDI, and Macom has introduced the industry’s first complete chipset to enable next-generation 4K video production applications.  Our newest family of SDI equalizers, reclockers and cable drivers supports 4K video resolutions at 60 frames per second over a single link and complements our industry-leading crosspoint switch portfolio.

Nvidia’s VCA

Nvidia: Nvidia VCA
Accelerate design and VFX workflows with Nvidia Visual Computing Appliance (VCA), the “fastest way” to interactive photorealistic digital 3D models and scenes. This network-attached appliance easily integrates into the design workflow and scales to multiple VCAs, each decreasing the time to noiseless, physically based global illumination.

Wohler and Cinnafilm Joint Venture: Tachyon Wormhole 

Tachyon Wormhole is a file-based Retiming and Standards Transcoding solution which leverages commodity enterprise hardware to deliver content based on time or standards requirements. Fully automated with audio pitch correction and caption retiming, Tachyon Wormhole processes two files faster than real time, simultaneously, on a single small footprint server.

“The HPA Engineering Excellence Award is a tremendous honor and true recognition of the technology innovations achieved with Tachyon Wormhole.  I am excited that this technology also offers our post production customers a truly file-based solution to other more expensive and less versatile alternatives,” said Craig Newbury, VP of  sales, Wohler.

The HPA Judges Award for Creativity and Innovation in Post Production was conceived to recognize companies and individuals who have demonstrated excellence, whether in the development of workflow and process to support creative storytelling and/or technical innovation. A jury of peers and industry experts determines the HPA Judges Award winners.

The 2014 winners of the HPA Judges Award for Creativity and Innovation in Post Production are:

American Society of Cinematographers: Color Decision List (ASC CDL)
The ASC CDL helps maintain and communicate creative intent, from production, dailies, post, VFX and editorial, in a multi-facility, multi-vendor environment. The ASC CDL enables creatives to set the look of a shot via system-independent primary color corrections communicated as metadata from on-set through dailies and post. Developed by the ASC Technology Committee — a broad group of industry members working to benefit the industry — the ASC CDL is freely available, saving time and money, improving the artistic result and audience experience in the vast majority of motion pictures, TV shows and VFX.

“The ASC CDL was developed to help all participants in the production and post pipeline most effectively produce the best result and deliver the creative vision of filmmakers to audiences,” said David Reisner, D-Cinema Consulting. “The ASC CDL could only have been created by filmmakers, the post community, and vendors’ active collaboration.”

DigitalFilm Tree Cloud Post Workflow Initiative (ProStack)
ProStack enables instantly accessible, widely deployable post production. ProStack packs the capacity and bandwidth needed to manage the entire post process- high-end color correction, VFX and DI workflows- into a scalable solution. Flexible design and implementation incorporates the best tools for every job, connecting all users via cloud storage. ProStack, in conjunction with Critique, integrates the entire spectrum of file-based workflows into one hub, while simultaneously embracing the evolving role of production and the post facility.

Digitalfilm Tree’s Guillaume Aubuchon

“We have been focused on developing a system that is truly cloud based and easily useable for our clients, an OpenStack environment with secure and instantaneous access,” said Guillaume Aubuchon, DigitalFilm Tree CTO. “It is an honor to be recognized by the HPA for our work on ProStack, and we are honored to receive our second C&I Award.”

Tickets for the HPA Awards are on sale now.

Cinnafilm, Wohler offer file-based media retiming solution

At NAB, Cinnafilm and Wohler Technologies released Cinnafilm’s Tachyon Wormhole, an automated file-based retiming solution that enables up to a plus or minus 10 percent runtime adjustment while preserving video and audio quality as well as closed caption integrity.

Based on Cinnafilm’s Tachyon standards transcoding plug-in for the Wohler RadiantGrid Intelligent Media Transformation Platform, Tachyon Wormhole gives time back to broadcasters (and others who want to re-time content), allowing them, according to Cinnafilm and Wohler, “to realize new revenue opportunities without materially altering the viewer’s experience of their media assets.”

In addition to enabling automated retiming, Tachyon Wormhole also offers all of the features/functionality of the award-winning Tachyon Standards Transcoding Appliance. The features and functionality include standards conversion, high-quality de-interlacing, superlative resolution conversion, inverse telecine, broken cadence removal/correction, and options such as audio loudness correction, color legalization, and watermarking.

Wohler’s RadiantGrid software platform serves as the processing framework for the Tachyon Wormhole appliance. Equipped with Nvidia Tesla GPUs, the technology also facilitates retiming of closed captioning data and integration of audio retiming into the Cinnafilm Tachyon Wormhole video processing workflow. The turnkey system can process up to two HD streams in realtime, handles unlimited channels of audio and resynchronizes CEA-608 and -708 and SMPTE 436M and 360M caption data. Users select their target run time by choosing a specific length or by entering a percentage adjustment.