Criterion Collection Employs MTI Film’s DRS Nova in 4K Restoration of Satyajit Ray’s “Apu Trilogy.”

Criterion Collection Employs MTI Film’s DRS Nova in 4K Restoration of Satyajit Ray’s “Apu Trilogy.”

The Apu Trilogy¸ considered the greatest work of Indian filmmaker Satyajit Ray, was recently the subject of a meticulous 4K restoration by the Criterion Collection in partnership with The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, aided by MTI Film’s industry-leading restoration software DRS® Nova.

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NAB 2014 NEWS: “Longmire” Becomes the First Show to Implement MTI Film’s New Portable Dailies Solution CORTEX CarryOn

The hit A&E series adds MTI Film’s turn-key onset dailies and media management system for a more stable and efficient workflow.

The producers of the A&E drama Longmire have selected MTI Film’s new CORTEX CarryOn as their onset media management tool for season three. The CarryOn provides on-set color, camera file offload and backup, and serves as the starting point for tracing media and metadata from the set through dailies and into post. 

Longmire became the first production to implement CORTEX CarryOn in February.  MTI Film is debuting the CarryOn at NAB 2014 (Booth SL15510), but provided the production with early access to the system and to CORTEX Dailies v 1.5, its all-in-one dailies software, to help improve the  distributed, remote dailies workflow., “On Day 1 of using the new software, our workflow was already more stable and efficient than in previous seasons,” notes Bryan Raber, the show’s producer. 

Longmire’s workflow begins on-set where DIT Timothy Gregoire, over the course of the day, offloads morning and evening drops using CORTEX CarryOn to process multiple camera cards simultaneously and back them up to a shuttle drive. He then applies primary color to one take for each scene and adds timecode-based comments about the overall look and any special circumstances, such as light changes during outdoor shots.  The drives are then sent to a CORTEX Dailies system in the nearby production office, along with an export of the session’s CORTEX Manifest file. The Manifest includes the onset color metadata, as well as information about the offload and backup, including MD5 checksums.

In the production office, dailies assistant Aaron Natewa imports the media and relinks it to the Manifest file, noting any discrepancies such as missing or corrupt files. “It’s nice for the software to tell you when something has gone wrong,” enthuses Raber. 

Natewa then syncs and transcodes the dailies while dailies colorist Mauricio Tassara logs in remotely from Los Angeles to color every take based on looks and notes provided by the DIT on set through the metadata in the Manifest file. 

“That’s the greatest benefit,” notes Raber. “The CORTEX Manifest has made the conversation between the DIT and dailies colorist so much easier. Longmire is an extremely difficult show to color because it’s shot in the high desert where the weather is always changing. Using the CORTEX Manifest has resulted in extremely accurate color. The ability to add comments instead of having to adjust color and add dissolves every time the weather changes saves the DIT a lot of time.”

Dailies are passed to the show’s editor while the original camera files, Manifest and daily reports are shipped to the post facility in Los Angeles for assembly and finish. “With the CORTEX Manifests, I no longer have to worry if I received a file or not,” observes Raber, “or be concerned that it might be corrupt. We enjoy one-to-one consistency of color from set through post.”


NAB 2014 NEWS: MTI Film to Launch CORTEX CarryOn, Portable, All-in-One Dailies Solution

Groundbreaking system offers a fully-integrated solutions for dailies processing at an incredibly low price.

At NAB 2014, MTI Film will introduce CORTEX CarryOn, its new, portable, all-in-one, on-set dailies solution that is powerful enough to handle the most demanding production tasks and yet small enough to fit in the overhead bin of an aircraft.

Compact, lightweight and rugged, CORTEX CarryOn packs more power, offers greater versatility, and features a smaller price-tag—just $35,000—than anything in its class. Capable of processing dailies at resolutions up to 4K from all of the most popular digital cinema cameras (including ARRI, Sony, Canon and RED), CORTEX CarryOn comes equipped with MTI Film’s industry-leading CORTEX Dailies Enterprise Edition software on an optimized platform. It features a liquid-cooled Intel i7 processor for ultra-quiet operation, a 12TB SSD RAID, GPU-accelerated rendering and both Thunderbolt 2 and USB3.0 technology for fast transfers.

CORTEX CarryOn is backed by MTI Film’s worldwide service and support. “We designed CORTEX CarryOn for producers and rental houses seeking a plug-and-play dailies appliance that is extremely portable, rugged enough to stand up to on-set use, and does it all with maximum efficiency and reliability,” says MTI Film Product Manager JD Vandenberghe. “Designed by users for users, CORTEX CarryOn handles dailies and media management tasks with ease and keeps pace with production demand, even when processing 4K.”

CORTEX CarryOn will be shown for the first time at NAB but a beta version of the system is already in use on the set of the USA Network series Longmire. “We have previewed the system to a number of producers, cinematographers, production technicians and others, and all have responded with great enthusiasm,” observes Vandenberghe, adding, “The system can benefit any motion picture or television production seeking to streamline its workflow and improve reliability in dailies production. In particular, our new feature, called the CORTEX Manifest, can be used to send metadata files from the set to post , maintaining metadata coherence, including color decisions and media file tracking information, from camera through final delivery. At NAB 2014, MTI Film will demonstrate CORTEX CarryOn and other products at Booth SL15510.

About MTI Film LLC Since 1997 MTI Film has provided award winning software applications to the post-production industry with a focus on technology for digital film restoration and digital dailies. MTI Film has fostered strong ties with our customers and an in-house services arm to provide real-world, real-time development experience. Newly added to the product line is CORTEX::Dailies and CORTEX::Convey, the next generation solution for a complete dailies workflow from set to delivery that includes tools to Play, Color, Sync, and Transcode to all popular media formats. With Correct DRS™ and Control Dailies Enterprise rounding out the product line, MTI Film offers the most advanced, efficient and user-friendly applications on the market.