LaserPacific Unveils aIM: End-to-End Color-Calibrated Post Workflow

"LaserPacific Media Corporation has unveiled accurateIMAGE (aIM), a color-calibrated workflow system that calibrates, connects and integrates all devices used for displaying images in various digital formats. It is utilized on set and for dailies, previews, the digital intermediate and distribution.

The system is designed to faithfully maintain the look created by cinematographers throughout every step of post-production. The aIM process also applies any color decisions or changes made during the early stages of the project to subsequent steps in the workflow. This eliminates the need to start over and recreate a look that had been previously dialed in.

The process incorporates proprietary Kodak color science coupled with LaserPacific's technology. It also supports the Color Decision List (CDL) developed by the American Society of Cinematographer's Technology Committee, which allows color decisions made on set to transfer easier and more accurately to the next level, and all the way through to color correction and final release.

The cinematographer documents a range of set ups during production with digital stills, which he or she manipulates with a personal computer to fine tune looks. The teleciné colorist uses the cinematographer's still images as a roadmap for creating digital dailies. An aIM DailiesPlayer is used to view dailies with an aIM digital projector. All devices used during the process are calibrated.

The images are encrypted for security and a proprietary Look Up Table (LUT) automatically adjusts the projected images to mimic film projection. The cinematographer can make adjustments in color balance using standard printer light controls that mimic film timing. His or her changes are exported to a CDL that is integrated into the workflow and used as the starting point for digital previews and DI timing."

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