Issue: IBC 2007 - Day 2


AMSTERDAM -  Sweden’s Digital Vision ( is at IBC with two new color grading and finishing systems: the Nucoda SD and Nucoda HD. Both were developed for broadcast television and new media formats such as HD-DVD, Blu-ray, broadband VOD and mobile, a feature tools for optimizing compressed, tapeless broadcast and distribution formats.

Nucoda SD and Nucoda HD are based on the software framework of Digital Vision’s digital intermediate line of grading and finishing systems - Data Conform, Film Cutter and Film Master. They are designed to streamline the finishing of content for broadcast and multi-format delivery in a file-based environment.

The systems offer support and integration for broadcast formats and metadata exchange, including MXF, Apple QuickTime and Avid DNxHD media and AAF multi-track program timelines, and the ability to color grade and finish file-based media natively, without transcoding or VTR tape, in an open environment.

Nucoda SD and Nucoda HD will be available as turnkey or software-only, Windows-based systems. Delivery is expected for Q4.

Also at the show, Digital Vision is demonstrating Phoenix, a software product for automatically restoring and re-mastering film and video content. The software provides sophisticated algorithms for automatically fixing common image problems, and provides fast, high-quality digital re-mastering in a range of media formats to address high-def DVD, pay-per-view and pay-per-download VOD over IP services. 

Enhancement capabilities include picture correction, defect reduction and picture enhancement and conversion. The solution is timeline-based, enabling in-context restoration for multi-format deliverables. Non-destructive working methods ensure that users don’t lose original material at any point during the restoration process.

Technicolor Creative Services in Burbank, CA, is beta-testing Phoenix on a number of restoration test projects. The solution will be available for Windows- and Linux-based systems when it ships in 2008.