Issue: IBC 2008 - Day 2


AMSTERDAM – London’s FilmLight ( is at IBC, demonstrating a series of enhancements to its Baselight nonlinear color grading system.

The company claims parallel GPU technology gives Baselight8, its flagship system, twice the processing speed of competing systems. In addition, Baselight8’s high performance parallel disc system has the power to deliver three streams of 4K media simultaneously. Baselight8 can play 4K media, display 4K, grade 40-plus layers of 4K and record 4K to disc, all at the same time without proxies, post rendering or an external SAN.

Cloud connectivity, which is a standard feature of all Baselight systems, allows the solution’s local storage to function as a shared storage environment, serving multiple Baselight units or third-party workstations, such as Autodesk Flame and Smoke. At IBC, FilmLight is demonstrating a Baselight grading off a SAN, as well as two Baselights grading in a Cloud network.

Red camera support has been added to Baselight through a software upgrade, scheduled for release shortly. This will allow Baselight to directly grade media from the digital cinema camera.

Leveraging Avid’s recent release of a Linux DNxHD codec and Linux Unity client, Baselight can now share access to media stored on an Avid Unity with Avid editing systems. Access to data is accomplished without copying or moving data from Unity.

FilmLight and Thomson are conducting a joint demonstration at the Thomson stand with a Baselight directly controlling a Spirit HD Datacine. With this new feature, Baselight can support a traditional post workflow for grading commercials, while delivering the benefits of its more powerful toolset. Baselight control for Spirit is in final testing at three post houses and can be ordered now with any Baselight system.

FilmLight reports that there are more than 200 Baselight systems installed worldwide, making it the best selling color grading system.