FilmLight boosts on-set and near-set production; adds host of functionality to Baselight flagship colour grading system

FilmLight boosts on-set and near-set production; adds host of functionality to Baselight flagship colour grading system
September 13, 2014 Meriam Khan

{13 September 2014]

New HDR capabilities, direct DCP deliverables, ProRes, productivity gains and more

FilmLight will be exhibiting a broad range of new functionality for the first time at IBC2014 (Amsterdam, 12–16 September), designed to seamlessly integrate with today’s evolving workflows. Daylight, the new near-set colour grading tool, will be featured on the FilmLight stand (7.F31) alongside the latest product in the Baselight Editions range, Baselight for NUKE, and the latest release of Baselight – 4.4m1.

IBC2014 sees the official launch of Daylight, the comprehensive solution for on-set and near-set production. Daylight is designed as a compact yet powerful grading decision tool to help DoPs and directors establish looks and visualise what they have shot, on set or on location. FilmLight has shown early development versions before – a Baselight variant for dailies – and Daylight pushes the possibilities even further.

“We’ve gathered some great feedback from our existing customers during the Daylight beta programme,” said Martin Tlaskal, lead developer, FilmLight. “The version we’re showing at IBC has more sophisticated functionality to help our customers handle their end-to-end dailies workflow quickly and effectively.”

Available to purchase in Q1 2015, Daylight encompasses a number of new features, including: AJA SDI output; shot filtering and sorting; HTML report generation; RED GPU decoding; media consolidation tools; multi-format deliverables; and, just like Baselight, support for the latest camera codecs.

Baselight Editions provide colour within professional editing and VFX packages and FilmLight will be showing the latest product in the Baselight Editions range – Baselight for NUKE. Product specialists from FilmLight and The Foundry will be on hand to demonstrate how the visual effects software can be even more productive when it incorporates the ability to interpret and modify fully-featured Baselight grades.

Baselight 4.4, the latest release behind FilmLight’s high-end 4K grading and finishing system, includes a host of features that further enhance Baselight’s reputation as the one-stop finishing and output device.

Baselight now includes Apple-certified ProRes, including support for the new ProRes 4444 XQ codec. And managing media is even easier with Baselight’s project consolidation feature, which means you can consolidate all the material used in a list of scenes to one location—with optional handles. New systems are ready to take on UltraHD monitoring too – and existing Generation IV and V systems can be easily upgraded.

Baselight 4.4 also provides faster GPU decoding of RED camera files as part of the implementation of the RED SDK, as well as providing full support to work in high dynamic range colour space using Dolby Vision.

Baselight 4.4m1, previewing at IBC, includes: rationalised format handling to support today’s ever-increasing range of digital camera resolutions and frame rates; fully keyframeable variable speed handling (including optical flow retime and round tripping with FCP XML and AAF projects); a group of sophisticated tools to help users manage projects better; and a new CDL grade that, when combined with Baselight’s powerful generalised colour spaces, brings accurate interpretation of CDL values.