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22/02/2002

Technicolor use Edifis Scratchbox for film retouching

Technicolor Film & Imaging, Europe's largest film and post-production facility, have purchased an Edifis Scratchbox to be used at the company's Heathrow production centre.
The newly supplied system incorporates eight hours of uncompressed video storage plus two independent AES/EBU pairs of uncompressed digital audio.
Scratchbox enables film retouchers to remove sparkle and scratches from film or video at the stroke of a stylus. A logically-arranged graphic user interface and intuitive control panel allow repairs to be made faster and more cost-effectively than any other system currently available.
Being disk-based, Scratchbox eliminates time-consuming videotape pre-rolls and incurs no degradation of image quality.
Structurally, Scratchbox comprises a compositor, mask layer and paint tools in a single unit. It operates on four layers of image data: foreground video, mask layer and matte. The mask layer can control the composite of mix of two sources, typically foreground and background or foreground and matte. On-screen menus coupled with a control panel, jog wheel and transport buttons, permit a speed of operation limited only by the skill of the operator. A soft-edged matte or key is painted over a damaged frame using a tablet and pen interface. The operator composites or mixes within Scratchbox between the damaged foreground and undamaged background layers using this key. Scratches, blemishes and sparkle are painted away and replaced by good material. The resulting repaired frame is re-recorded at the press of a single button.
Technicolor Film & Imaging, www.technicolor.com
Edifis, www.edifis.com
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