Image post.

We installed Europe's first 4K Digital Intermediate (DI) workflow for film (2006).

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Conforming.

Color Grading.

Mastering & Delivery.

Conforming .

What is conforming, we hear you ask? 

Well… conforming is the process of replacing low-resolution video used in an edit, with the high-resolution version of that video. Usually these will be the original files from the on-set cameras, all matched to the rest of the Image Post Production workflow.

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Original camera files are extremely large and heavy files to process, certainly when in 4K or 8K resolution. 

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When a video-editor is working creatively on the story-telling and editing of a film or series, he has to go through a vast number of files, different takes of different shots, etc. and he/she has to be able to move them around easily, without any significant delays for processing. 

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Therefore an editor always works with offline, low-resolution video-files. 

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When the complete edit is finalized, generally this is called the ‘picture lock’, the entire project is moved over to a specialized Post Production facility (Galaxy Studios) for precise processing of all the offline and online files, including the creation of secure back-ups of all the assets. 

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Our team of specialized and experienced DI operators, will rebuild the entire offline edit in high-resolution. This has to be done with utmost precision and skill, to prepare the conformed ‘online edit’ for the next steps in the Image Post Production workflow. 

Color Grading.

What's color grading? Got it!

  1. Color grading or 'color correction' is the artistic manipulation of the saturation, luminance and balance of the red, green and blue values of your original camera footage. So far for the technical side...
  2. Just as you can create a specific mood with sound, you can enhance that atmosphere or emotion, or create a very different feel or contrast, using the image and the colors, brightness and saturation used in color grading. 
  3. It’s another hugely creative process in which the color grader works very closely with the Director and DOP, to make sure the artistic intent is fully optimised. 

Mastering & Delivery.

This is the very last step of the (Image) Post Production workflow, in which the Final Master will be created, checked and validated. It may be less creative than the previous steps along the journey, but if you think this is boring, think again! 

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For the mastering of the final graded content, Galaxy Studios uses two “Rohde & Schwarz Clipster” mastering systems which are known as the gold standard workstations for mastering and distribution of feature films and TV series. 

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The Clipsters enable us to deliver any format ranging from Digital Cinema Packages (DCP) to digital files for broadcast, web and streaming services.

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Every delivery that our post production department creates undergoes a strict quality control procedure that guarantees the delivery is free from any render errors. 

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Our team can obviously deliver the following most commonly used formats, among others: Digital Cinema Package (DCP), Digital Cinema Distribution Master (DCDM), Digital Source Master (DSM), DPX & TIFF sequences, MXF (OP1a, AVCIntra, OPAtom, …), IMF, AS-02, AS-11, LTO-5, HDCam-SR, HDCam, Digital BetaCam, BluRay, DVD, QuickTime, …

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