CineRAM Production Units at NAB

In the Bavarian Pavilion C2159-1 DVC DigitalvideoComputing will present a Production Workflow with CineRAM, cinematography recorder and ScreenDisk/SpeedGrade for realtime color grading
Baytech und DVC (PresseBox) (Herrsching am Ammersee, ) The Industry's first uncompressed, high definition, solid-state, digital cinematography recorder now incorporates Dual Gigabit IP/Ethernet and Linux capabilities to create a cost-effective, networked, portable solution for mobile and studio production.

Baytech Cinema & DVC today announced a host of new features for CineRAM, the Baytech's uncompressed, solid-state, high definition digital cinematorgraphy recorder and network bridge. CineRAM is a cost-effective digital recorder that also acts as a unique bridge between SMPTE standard broadcast networks and equipment, and Ethernet computer networks and equipment. Now augmented by Dual Gigabit IP/Ethernet (GigE) connectivity, CineRAM's full bitrate, uncompressed RGB 4:4:4 data recording capability allows reliable bi-directional transfer of data between networks and devices, despite inherent speed differences, through the use of a large RAM buffer. The buffer also enables CineRAM to be used as a stand-alone solid-state digital recorder. With RAM sizes up to 32 GB, a single CineRAM can record up to 2.7 minutes of high-defintion RGB 4:4:4 uncompressed dual-link (Thomson Viper or Sony F-950) or 10 minutes of high definition single-link (Panasonic Varicam) camera output at 24 f/s. Multiple CineRAM units can also be chained to provide virtually unlimited recording times. Once stored in the buffer, high-resolution uncompressed images can be transfered directly to a broadcast network video tape recorder, digital disk recorder, or RAID-based computer in real-time. In addition, data can be downloaded in near real-time, even while recording, via the dual GigE to a computer network using Firewire, network attached storage (NAS), RAID, or other computer compatible storage. Analogous to a film magazine, CineRAM can be used un-tethered as a digital "magazine" and removed for download when full, or it can be left connected to single or dual GigE cables for continuous download during or after shooting. CineRAM's LAN output scales easily from a single laptop to a large mobile equipment truck. Vastly extending traditional camera functions, CineRAM provides on-set computer network access to camera control and synchronization as well as access to image data for evalutation and recording. Images can also be played from the buffer to CineRAM's outputs. CineRAM can be used to provide on-set images and data via LAN for any or all crew positions or departments such as Director, DP, AD, Script Supervisor, Art Director, Costume, Makeup, etc. In addition, images can be transmitted off-set via an Internet connection for the Producer, Special Effects Supervisor, Editor, Publicist, and others.

Compact and battery powered, CineRAM's unique design allows complete freedom of motion when recording underwater, on a Steadicam, from booms, or other difficult situations. Rugged enough for hard use in the field, cooling fans, which shut down during recording, are CineRAM's only moving parts. "With a camera head, a CineRAM, a PowerBook, and Firewire drives, filmmakers can now shoot uncompressed high-definition RGB 4:4:4. They can 'run and gun' with no cables at all, or fashion an on-set GigE network to move data from the CineRAM to anyone in the crew," said Noel Sterrett, vice president of marketing at Baytech Cinema.Cine RAM was engineered to keep abreast of the ever-increasing data rate requirements of the next generation of high definition digital cinematography cameras. "As the quest for quality pushes the industry to higher resolutions, bit depths, and frame rates, we see an increasing need to capture with RAM rather than disk arrays or tape. CineRAM is the bridge to the future", continued Sterrett.CineRAM records all popular high defintion formats, including those used by the Thomson Viper, Sony F-950, Sony F-900 and Panasonic Varicam. Two independent, but lockable, channels of HD-SDI or SDI are supported.In addition to functioning as a camera recorder, CineRAM can also be used in postproduction to transfer data to and from digital VTR's and computer editing and special effects equipment. As a result of CineRAM's large RAM buffer, bi-directional transfer are possible without the need for specialized hardware capture cards or disk RAID's.DVC's NAB workflow includes realtime 4:4:4 capturing with CineRAM, GigE transfer to ScreenDisk www.screendisk.com and realtime color grading with SpeedGrade. The native file format of the complete workflow is dpx 10bit log and there is no file- or format conversion between each production steps.CineRAM also provides a platform that includes a real-time implementation of the Linux operating system. New features can be added through application software running under Linux to, for example, control virtually all setup and operational camera functions, coordinate the collection of motion control, camera position, or other data, and identify and time-stamp data from a variety of sensors.About DVCDVC Digitalvideo Computing GmbH, the European Distributor for BAYTECH Cinema has been producing and selling integrated system solutions for the film post-production, digital video and HDTV markets since 1990. It has an international distribution network for products of HDTV/Digital video, desktop video, broadcasting, and streaming media products with resellers in Austria, Finland, France, Great Britain, Italy, Spain and The Netherlands. DVC is based in Herrsching, in southern Germany.About Baytech CinemaThe brainchild of industry pioneer Jack Krooss, Baytech Cinema was formed to tap into the rapidly growing digital cinematorgraphy market. The company develops and manufactures recording productsSpecifically designed for digital cinematography application. Krooss, founder and former President of Viewgraphics, Inc., is responsible for a number of industry firsts including the Viewstore video image sequencer, and VideoPump digital video interface adapters. The Viewstore system became a standard for HD and MPEG video research and development worldwide, and the VideoPump ushered in the era of professional SD and HD video production on standard PC computer platforms. As such, he has been deeply involved in the evolution of video and HDTV in particular. At Baytech Cinema, Krooss and his team continue their pioneering efforts by providing a unique, groundbreaking digital cinematography recording solution.

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