NVIDIA® Quadro® graphics drive powerful, portable workstation for on-set post-production processing of RED camera footage using ASSIMILATE™ SCRATCH CINE
NextComputing, makers of high-performance portable and small footprint computers, will showcase a new solution for managing stereoscopic 3D footage from RED cameras. Running ASSIMILATE™ SCRATCH CINE with the NVIDIA® Quadro® FX 3800 SDI by PNY and dual RED Rocket™ accelerator cards, this system is designed for managing all aspects of the data workflow for stereoscopic RED production on set. Built around NextComputing’s recently announced NextDimension Evo Plus HD portable workstation, this turnkey product will be shown in the PNY Technologies booth (#819) at SIGGRAPH 2010, July 27-29 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
Audience demand for stereoscopic 3D content has grown dramatically in the last 12 months, and is expected to climb considerably. However, significant challenges remain in producing this content cost-effectively. Digital workflows, in particular those based on the RED camera, are an ideal solution, but tools must be in place at the earliest stages of the process to ensure that the camera footage is managed properly. By teaming with ASSIMILATE and PNY Technologies, NextComputing has developed a solution that allows stereoscopic productions shot on RED to achieve a full post-production data management and processing workflow on set. Users can ingest, review, color correct, generate dailies, and offload to any disk-based or tape-based media in one system, without ever leaving the film set.
This is all made possible by a blending of leading-edge technologies:
• Portable Workstation – NextComputing’s NextDimension Evo Plus HD is a compact and powerful portable computer with built-in HD display. Powered by the latest 6-core Intel® Xeon® processors, this powerhouse machine is capable of handling all of the necessary hardware and software to process stereoscopic 3D RED data, while being small and light enough for a single person to transport on and off the set.
• Professional Graphics and HD-SDI Output – The NVIDIA Quadro FX 3800 SDI by PNY provides digital display capabilities, as well as real-time HD-SDI playback and scaling of stereo RED clips to any SDI monitor. Based on the NVIDIA CUDA™ architecture, the Quadro FX 3800 also provides additional performance enhancements for SCRATCH CINE.
• RED Hardware Acceleration – The RED Rocket accelerator card is made by RED Digital Cinema to provide real-time hardware-based deBayering and playback for any RED camera format, as well as dramatically accelerated transcoding to other formats such as Apple™ QuickTime™ for dailies or off-line editing. By packing two of these accelerator cards in a system, users can achieve real-time stereoscopic 3D playback and editing.
• Digital Process Software – SCRATCH CINE v5.0 from ASSIMILATE is the software that pulls this all together. SCRATCH CINE provides a number of critical workflow features including full-resolution, real-time playback of RED 4K .R3D files, creation of tape- or file-based dailies with no importing or conversion, one-light color grading, color and shot management, and metadata burn-ins.
This solution is available now from NextComputing and its authorized resellers. Visitors to SIGGRAPH can stop by the PNY Technologies booth for a personal demonstration.
NextComputing (nextcomputing.com) manufactures high-performance portable and small form-factor workstations and servers. Its open-standards, modular systems are used throughout many industries for a range of professional applications including real-time 3D visualization, high-throughput data streaming, and high-end application demonstration.
ASSIMILATE™ (assimilateinc.com) is transforming post production of visually complex imagery projects with its SCRATCH® Digital Finishing Solution, the essential mix for a real-time, resolution-dependent data workflow. SCRATCH v5.1 moves creative artists into Post 2.0, the next-generation of digital post production tools to achieve the highest level of quality in digital cinema imagery. Along with data management, SCRATCH features a rich set of DI and post tools for working in any combination of HD/SD, film (2K, 4K), 3D, RED MX, RED MX3D, and ARRIRAW. ASSIMILATE is committed to empowering the broad spectrum of creative and post-production professionals with state-of-the-art, easy-to-use, data-centric solutions that deliver optimal price/performance.