Autodesk Lustre HD System Enables Facilities to Offer Creative HD Color
SAN RAFAEL, Calif., June 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Autodesk, Inc.
(Nasdaq: ADSK), today launched Autodesk Lustre HD, a new digital color grading
system designed for working on high-definition television (HDTV) commercials
and programming, as well as HDTV film projects. Lustre HD is the latest
addition to the Autodesk Lustre family of nonlinear digital color grading
products, which have been used to grade Academy Award-winning films such as
the Lord of the Rings trilogy and King Kong, in addition to HDTV programs like
the BBC Natural History Unit's Planet Earth and Galapagos.
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As blockbuster films and premium television programming raise the bar for
visually compelling content, color grading is playing a growing role in
creating differentiated content looks. Marc Petit, vice president of
Autodesk's Media & Entertainment Division, said, "Nonlinear digital color
grading has become the norm for feature film production, with Lustre having
set the bar. We're now seeing growing demand for these specialized digital
grading tools in the TV industry and for films shot in HD. The new Autodesk
Lustre HD system provides post-production facilities and broadcasters with an
affordable, software-based color grading solution that has unparalleled
workflow and creative tools. It enables digital artists to explore creative
options and deliver stunning looks."
Autodesk Lustre HD offers real-time primary and secondary color correction
capabilities and real-time formatting of video deliverables using advanced
Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) technology -- available in commodity graphics
cards. Petit added, "GPUs are proving to be a powerful and more flexible
alternative to older technologies for real-time media processing. They are
extremely fast and easily programmable, and are being developed at a faster
pace than CPUs. As a result, Autodesk is able to offer Lustre HD, a system
with GPU-acceleration technology, at a price that is considerably lower than
proprietary hardware-based solutions."
The system offers colorists an intuitive, nonlinear environment for
interactive color grading sessions, enabling them to collaborate with
producers, directors, art directors and cinematographers to perfectly adjust
the colors and looks of HDTV projects. Lustre HD is being beta tested around
the world. Beta sites include The Video Lab in South Africa and Digital
Pictures Melbourne, among others.
Minneapolis-based post-production facility Pixel Farm has been using
Autodesk's Discreet Lustre system to deliver unique looks for feature films,
music videos and commercials. Pixel Farm recently completed projects for
Arctic Cat, Best Buy and Taco John's with its Lustre system.
"We've been ahead of the curve, using the Autodesk Lustre system for over
two years to deliver not just film work, but also HDTV spots and music videos.
It won't be long before digital color grading of HD content becomes
mainstream," said Mohsen Sadeghi, Pixel Farm owner. "Lustre provides a great
option for post-production facilities that want to add HD grading capabilities
to their pipeline. Clients are asking for specialized grading services, and
we're able to meet their needs with our software-based Lustre. Lustre has
given us a competitive edge, while complementing our existing Autodesk visual
effects and editing pipeline."
Autodesk Lustre HD Key Features
-- Creative Toolset: Explore creative options and create stunning new
looks with the innovative Lustre creative toolset, including
-- Primary and Selective Color Grading: Modify primary grades before or
after selective correction, featuring multi-layered selectives with
independent inside/outside settings
-- Hierarchical Shape System with schematic view and advanced GMasks:
Create variable-edged softness around shapes to blend colors
organically or imitate natural lighting falloff
-- Image Tracking, Keying, Pan and Scan, and accurate, automated Dust
-- Nonlinear Grading: With the Lustre nonlinear digital workflow, you
don't need to swap out film reels or cue up video to find the right
shot to grade
-- Move instantly between shots in the timeline or shot bin and re-
order shots before or after grading
-- Easily compare shots side-by-side, such as the first and last shot
in a sequence, in different contexts
-- GPU-Acceleration: Real-time color grading using the powerful NVIDIA
-- Real-time linear and logarithmic primary color grading with control
of shadows, midtones, highlights, input curves and more
-- Multiple HD layers of GPU-accelerated selective color grading using
a shape system with variable softness, keys, brightness, hue shift,
contrast and saturation
-- Real-time Video Deliverables
-- Frame-accurate output of multiple formats to video tape recorder
(VTR) via RS-422 without rendering, for example 2K to HD
-- Capture and conform from interlaced or progressive frame video
-- 10-bit HD SDI video output with real-time primary color correction,
3D LUT and animated repositioning and scaling using high-quality
Lanczos 3-Lobe filtering
For a complete listing of Autodesk Lustre HD features, please visit
New Modular Control Panel
As well, Autodesk has introduced a new control panel for Lustre HD,
comprised of three sub-panels that enable it to be easily configured for both
left- and right-hand dominant operation. The panel is modular in terms of
physical layout and key mapping. This ergonomic panel has a curved design that
puts all controls within easy reach of the colorist's fingertips and follows
the natural radial movement of the colorist's arms. Its non-reflective paint
and filtered light-emitting diodes (LEDs) reduce reflections and unwanted
light in a critical viewing environment. Approximate North American pricing of
this new control panel is US$25,000.
Pricing and Availability
North American pricing of Autodesk Lustre HD begins at US$120,000. This
price includes the Lustre HD workstation with video I/O. North American
pricing for a typical Lustre HD system fully configured with the new Autodesk
control panel and 1.75TB of 4Gb fibre channel storage is estimated at
US$170,000. Autodesk anticipates that Lustre HD and the new control panel will
be available worldwide in August 2006.
For further information, please visit www.autodesk.com/lustre or contact
Autodesk's Media & Entertainment Division at 800-869-3504.
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