updated 06:50 pm EDT, Tue April 3, 2007
Cineon, DPX QT plugins
Glue Tools has announced that v2.5 of its Cineon and DPX QuickTime Components will be released at NAB 2007. The new release will include Playback, 3D LUTs and full integration with Apple's Final Cut Studio. The company said that "on capable systems with high speed storage, the Cineon/DPX Components can achieve playback speeds," but that on slower machines, including laptops, the ability to "scrub" through a shot, is now possible. Regardless of the system's performance, the Cineon/DPX Components enable any QuickTime application to have a Cineon or DPX frame flipper "built-in." The components enable import and export of Cineon or DPX sequences into Final Cut Pro -- without any additional processing (as well as Motion, Adobe After Effects, Photoshop and Combustion).
In addition, Metadata from the Cineon and DPX files also goes directly into Final Cut Pro, along with the Timecode and Imagery. Information concerning color choices, shot notes, and other slate information is passed from the Cineon or DPX header into Final Cut's XML format, according to the company. Also, Cineon or DPX frames can be exported directly out of Final Cut Pro without any rendering.
"The Glue Tools Components are ideal for sending DV or HD shots off to Digital Intermediate sessions or even to Film," the company said.
3D LUT files can be used with the Cineon & DPX Components as well. Files that are created during the digital intermediate session, or LUTs created by hardware devices such as the LUTher box, are supported using the QuickTime components. Currently, Pandora- and LUTher- style text file LUTs are supported, but Glue Tools said that support for other formats would be added shortly.
"Colorists and Cinematographers will especially like the new 3DLUT support," comments Robert Monaghan, CEO of Glue Tools. "With a LUT file, these professionals can quickly examine frames out in the field, to see what the footage looks like. The Cinematographer can easily switch between several pre-generated 3D LUTs to best judge their footage. With nothing more than QuickTime Player!"
The DPX component also offers full Alpha Channel support -- both import and export as well as 1-bit IR dirt & scratch information. The 1-bit dirt & scratch layer can be used for dust removal, and correction of scratchs or burn marks.
Finally, the components can be used within Apple's QuickTime Player to create QuickTime movies out of a range of Cineon or DPX frames.
"With this solution, production staff can preview Cineon or DPX sequences on their own laptops or desktop computers. If they have the Cinematographers/Colorists' LUT files they can even see the frames as they were intended."
The Cineon file format, developed by Kodak, is a widely used digital film image format, while the DPX digital image file format is used heavily in the Feature Film and High Definition broadcast industries.
The components are available as part of the GlueTools Cineon/DPX Pro + FCP bundle for $400 and the GlueTools Cineon/DPX Pro bundle for $250 (standalone component pricing will no longer be available). In addition, Glue Tools said that existing License Holders will be able to upgrade at a reduced price.