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At the March 16, 2005 meeting...
Adobe's Digital Intermediate Workflow for Desktop PC's
A Technical Presentation of Adobe's All-Digital HD Workflow.

We saw for ourselves how an all-digital Adobe-based HD workflow was used to edit and finish the upcoming 2005 IFC Films release Dust to Glory. Directed by Dana Brown, director of Step into Liquid, the film captures the famed Baja 1000 road race in all its glory. Shot using over 50 cameras in a variety of formats - including HDCAM, DV, film and more - the production presented many challenges. The Adobe PC-based solution allowed the filmmakers to mix media, add titles, effects and color-correct within an all-digital workflow. Running Premiere Pro and After Effects on a BOXX HD[pro] RT system using the Cineform Prospect HD engine, they were able to finish without having to make any post compromises. Dana's team successfully delivered a stunning film print as well as HD master while keeping costs to a minimum. With a workflow like the one used on Dust to Glory, acquisition formats remain relevant and practical for nearly every production while the final piece retains the highest quality. Using format and signal converters, the Dust to Glory team took MiniDV, VHS, DVX100 footage as well as other standard-definition formats and up-res'd them to HD 1080p as well. Film was telecined at 1080p while the source material HDCAM footage remained at 1080p as well. With all the footage at 1080p resolution, the job of the online was to assemble, color-correct (get all the formats looking their best) and title the film entirely within a 1080p workspace. Jacob Rosenberg, online editor and supervisor, gave us a full demonstration. The feature film will be in theaters April 2005. For additional information about the film, please visit www.d2gfilm.com.

Posted: 3 April 2005
Bob Lamm, SMPTE/New England Newsletter/Web Page Editor
blamm@cync.com