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21/05/2008

Super-Resolution Technology Makes History At Film Festival

'Sounds', the first movie produced with Super-Resolution Technology, came home with multiple awards in several categories at the recently completed WorldFest International Film Festival, including the highest score in the New Technology category.
Competing against more than 500 other full-length feature independent films submitted to the 41st annual WorldFest, 'Sounds' won a total of three of the prestigious Remi Awards in the 'Best Picture' categories including: Science Fiction - Gold, New Technology - Gold, Low Budget - Silver.
In addition to the awards, 'Sounds' also made history at WorldFest by premiering the first-ever use of Super-Resolution Technology in a feature-length film. 'Sounds' creator Ryan Humphries of Grass Valley, California, partnered with Dallas-based Topaz Labs LLC (www.topazlabs.com) to demonstrate its Super-Resolution Technology (SRT) previously unheard of in the film industry.
'Sounds' is a sci-fi thriller/comedy about FBI agents on their biggest case ever, which is in a similar vein as the 'X-Files', 'Attack of the Killer Tomatoes' and 'Monty Python and the Holy Grail'. Further information is available at: www.soundsthemovie.com.
Topaz Labs LLC, a privately owned company in Dallas, Texas, focuses on developing advanced video and image enhancement technologies. Further information is available at: www.topazlabs.com.
Winning three Remi Awards places Humphries in a select club of notable filmmakers who captured WorldFest honors early in their careers. Past recipients of the Remi Award include Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, The Coen Brothers and other Hollywood legends.
'Sounds' is also the first-ever film to have been submitted to WorldFest in the Blu-ray disc format and first-ever to premiere at an AMC Theatre in Blu-ray. 'Sounds' is setting many historical firsts in the independent film industry and is already developing a list of producers who are wanting this Super-Resolution Technology incorporated into their films.
Until now, SRT has primarily been used by spy satellites, the military, the CIA, a few hi-tech forensic labs and US law enforcement agencies. Topaz Labs will be the first to develop and introduce Super-Resolution Technology (SRT) to the film industry.
Topaz Labs is a technology and software company founded by Dr Feng Yang, holder of five US patents in video and audio enhancement technology. Topaz designs unique to improve video quality resulting in a series of proprietary video enhancement algorithms based on "super-resolution" technology. Radically more effective than typical scaling-based editing programmes using so-called video enhancement features, this revolutionary technology carefully extracts image information from multiple adjacent video frames and combines them to re-synthesize video signals at much higher resolutions.
(KMcA/JM)
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