Mumbai: Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group’s Adlabs has made a major investment in state-of-the-art 4K film scanning, color grading and color management technology from FilmLight.
The key elements in the package include a Northlight 2 4K pin registered film scanner, five Baselight colour grading systems and facility wide Truelight colour management. The company plans to employ the systems in a new Digital Intermediate workflow at its post-production facility in Mumbai and expects to master, on average, three to four films per week for digital cinema release while achieving the highest possible standards for quality.
"Adlabs is proud to launch what is the most powerful DI facility in India and one of the most sophisticated in the world. This resource will allow us to set a new standard for quality in India and keep pace with the rapid growth of the film market in India and South Asia," said Adlabs Digital Laboratory head of operations Nishit Shetty.
FilmLight’s Baselight EIGHT became the obvious choice for grading due to its seamless integration with the Northlight scanner and ability to grade multiple 4K streams in real-time. "We evaluated many possible solutions and found that nothing compared with the Baselight|Northlight combination. The performance and creative toolset of the Baselight enables us to work with 4K media without proxy and perform the most complex grades," said Adlabs Digital Laboratory senior colorist Ken Metzker.
Adlabs, which provides processing services through its film laboratory for nearly 70 percent of all films produced in India, set out to build a native 4K DI workflow capable of meeting its current and future needs for productivity and quality. The quality and consistency offered by the pin-registered Northlight 2 was deemed essential for achieving quality standards required for digital cinema projection.