Discreet, a division of Autodesk Inc., today announced the worldwide shipping of lustre, its software-based digital grading and color correction system for interactive film look creation. Among the first customers to deploy the lustre turnkey system are Pixar Animation Studios in Emeryville, Calif., and Technicolor Creative Services in Hollywood.
Visual effects and editing house Mirage in Prague, Czech Republic, has also adopted the system and Laboratories Éclair, a pioneering film laboratory in Paris, has already graded and mastered several motion pictures using dual lustre master systems and dual lustre assistant stations. In Sydney, Australia, high-end digital post facility Digital Pictures has also invested in lustre systems.
“lustre is the perfect technology for us to attract business from bigger, more prestigious productions shooting in Prague,” says Jan Mikulas, partner and technical director at Studio Mirage. “Because the lustre system runs on non-proprietary hardware, as well as offering an unmatched feature set, it offers accelerated creative growth potential and flexibility for our business.”
Using the lustre turnkey system, colorists and color timers can collaborate with DPs and filmmakers to digitally adjust the colors and look of a film-from the most subtle changes to extravagant color and lighting effects. Developed in conjunction with Colorfront of Hungary, the lustre turnkey system delivers an intuitive environment for interactive color correction sessions, and provides efficiency benefits for Digital Intermediate and digital film finishing processes. Because it is a software-based solution, lustre offers the unique ability to introduce a parallel grading pipeline where multiple tasks can be accomplished simultaneously on common data. It also promises significant speed advantages over serialized hardware solutions.
Discreet has just published a white paper on Digital Intermediate workflow, which can be downloaded from www.discreet.com.