MTI Film Introduces Cortex to Mexico via Net Brains

Houston-based systems integrator becomes latest addition to MTI Films’ international reseller network.

MTI Film has added Net Brains I, LP, a Houston-based systems integrator focused on Mexico and other Latin American markets, to its international reseller network. Net Brains will market and support MTI Film’s Cortex line of workflow solutions to broadcasters and film and television producers in its territory. It will also market Correct DRS™, MTI Film’s industry-leading film restoration platform. Net Brain’s clients include Televisa, TV Azteca and Genomma Lab International, as well as numerous independent producers and post-production service providers.

“We are very pleased to partner with Net Brains in introducing Cortex to Mexico and Latin America,” said MTI Film Director of International Business Development Belinda S. Merritt. “The Mexican market is among the most dynamic in the world and Cortex offers features crucial to helping producers work with the latest camera systems and workflows.”

Net Brains specializes in high performance storage, networking and data management solutions. “We are always seeking solutions that can help our clients increase productivity, improve performance and control costs,” said Net Brains I, LP Managing partner David Andrews. “Cortex delivers on all those points. It is an agile product that will appeal to our clients through its portability and ability to manage such operations as color correction and transcoding with speed and reliability.”

Net Brains and MTI Film demonstrated Cortex solutions for the first time in Mexico this month at Telemundo’s Cine Video Expo Televisión in Mexico City. MTI Film Director of Product Support Amy Hawthorne demonstrated the company’s flagship product, Cortex::Control Dailies, on Aberdeen’s Aberdailies hardware platform for remote or near-set dailies. (Cortex::Control Dailies is a complete workflow solution for dailies processing and deliverables production.) She also demonstrated Cortex::Convey, a streamlined transcoding solution.

“Visitors to our booth were impressed with the portability and low-cost of MTI Film’s Cortex products,” said Andrews. “Mexican producers are used to managing their workflows with very large and expensive systems. Cortex offers them a very compelling alternative.”

Hawthorne also commented on the enthusiasm of attendees. “We had people from every sector of the television industry interested in our demos,” she said. “We are very excited to offer our products to the Mexican market and to do so with the support of a great company in Net Brains.”

Restoring Richard III: VistaVision to 4K (CreativeCOW)

When The Film Foundation decided to restore Richard III, the non-profit film preservation organization approached Grover Crisp, Sony Pictures Executive Vice President, Asset Management, Film Restoration & Digital Mastering, Sony Pictures Entertainment. The job was to return the film as close as possible to its original version, which involved restoring over 100 shots. Cineric in New York dug up the missing trims and provided the 4K wet-gate scan, and Crisp brought in MTI Film for much of the restoration, including creating missing frames. Sony Pictures' DI and restoration facility Colorworks finished the job with a careful DI, and the film -- which has been released on BluRay by Criterion -- is expected to have a theatrical release through Janus Films.

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“Lawrence of Arabia,” Digitally Restored with Help from MTI Film, Wins FOCAL International Award

The new 50th Anniversary Directors Cut of Lawrence of Arabia, which underwent digital film restoration processing at MTI Film,  was awarded Best Archive Restoration/Preservation Title at the tenth FOCAL International Awards in London. The film was restored in 4K under the direction of Sony Pictures Entertainment EVP of Asset Management, Film Restoration and Digital Mastering Grover Crisp.

David Lean’s 1962 masterpiece, Lawrence of Arabia is widely considered one of the greatest films of all time. Prior to its 50th anniversary release by Sony Pictures last year, the film went through a meticulous restoration and re-mastering in 4K.

Throughout the film were sections where camera rolls had suffered exposure to the desert heat that caused the emulsion to dry and crack. This resulted in hundreds of small, vertical fissures in each frame. Although the problem, which appeared as white columns or streaks of light in release prints, had always existed, it had clearly grown worse over the decades. The cracks were thin, irregular lines 1 to 3 pixels wide separated by as little as 1 pixel in a 4K frame.  It was initially thought that the problem was confined to 2nd unit footage, but thorough investigation revealed that almost every reel of film was affected. Moreover, each defect was unique so that one solution would not work for all.

Over months of restoration, MTI Film developed new algorithms, creating and modifying existing software, to address the problem. Considerable manual intervention was also needed. In some instances, scratches ran through multiple shots. These needed to be removed with great care to avoid affecting underlying imagery and grain structure. This was particularly challenging when faces were involved.  Color correction was done by Scott Ostrowsky of Colorworks.

“MTI Film congratulates Grover Crisp and the entire restoration team on this great achievement,” said MTI Film CEO Larry Chernoff. “Their hard work and dedication has made it possible for a new generation of film lovers to enjoy this great film in a beautiful and pristine condition.”

 

 

Richard III's Meticulous 4K Restoration

MTI Film is proud to have played a role in the 4K restoration of the classic film "Richard III."  “Richard III” was restored under the direction of Sony Pictures Entertainment’s EVP of Asset Management, Film Restoration and Digital Mastering Grover Crisp under the auspices of The Film Foundation in cooperation with Janus Films, the BFI National Archive, ITV Studios, MoMA and Romulus Films.

The film is now widely available from The Criterion Collection.

Grover Crisp recently commented extensively on the meticulous process of restoring this film.

Martin Scorsese has also presented this wonderful video, detailing the process, with before and after examples.

 

MTI Film Adds XAVC Support to Cortex

MTI Film today announces that its Cortex product line now includes full support for Sony’s recently-developed XAVC recording format. XAVC is included in Cortex::Control Dailies DP, Pro, Studio and Ultimate editions and in the Stream, Pro, Studio and Ultimate editions of Cortex::Convey. Support for Sony RAW and SR Master formats is already included in all Cortex editions including the FREE edition of Cortex::Control Dailies.

Sony’s XAVC format, which is H.264 based, is a dedicated 4K format developed to foster 4K production in areas beyond feature films, including television, documentaries and commercials. The format provides a cost efficient digital imaging eco-system for 4K and high frame rate content. Sony’s F55 and F5 cameras include the XAVC codec.

“MTI Film is committed to supporting all cameras and all camera formats employed by our customers,” says Belinda S. Merritt, Director of International Business Development. “We are very excited to add XAVC support in order to accommodate the growing number of productions using Sony’s F55 and F5 cameras in 4K workflows.”

MTI Film’s Cortex::Control Dailies is an all-in-one dailies processing solution offering a suite of powerful tools for camera media playback, color, synchronization and transcoding. It is available in five editions, Starter, DP, Pro, Studio and Ultimate, with features tailored to different types of users including cinematographers, DITs, on-set/near-set post production operations, visual effects houses and post production facilities. Cortex::Convey is a transcoding solution that can create deliverables needed for review, editorial and mastering.

MTI Film Debuts “StreamViewer,” Cortex iPad App for Streaming Dailies


At NAB 2013, MTI Film today announces the release of a new application for its Cortex product line that allows dailies media to be streamed directly to iPad tablets. Available free from the Apple App Store, MTI Film’s StreamViewer for Cortex makes the process of reviewing dailies simple, convenient and faster than ever—dailies media is ready for playback as soon as it is synced and graded.

MTI Film is demonstrating StreamViewer and other Cortex products at Booth SL15510

MTI Film developed StreamViewer in association with Germany’s CinePostproduction, developer of the popular COPRA app. MTI Film’s Cortex::Control Dailies system is used to stream high-definition dailies over a wi-fi network to Cortex-equipped iPad devices. Users can review clips, zoom in on individual shots, and add annotations and comments that can be streamed back to the production team. The app is simple to set up and use, and includes log-in and encryption features for security.

“With iPads now a ubiquitous presence on sets, we believe that Cortex users will find StreamViewer to be a great convenience and an exceptional way to view camera media,” says MTI Film Vice President of Development David McClure. “It makes it easy for anyone to view dailies, and to do it at a time and place of their choosing. The collaborative tools are a great boon to creative interaction and quality control.”

MTI Film’s Cortex::Control Dailies is an all-in-one dailies processing solution offering a suite of powerful tools for camera media playback, color, synchronization and transcoding. It is available in five editions, Starter, DP, Pro, Studio and Ultimate, with features tailored to different types of users including cinematographers, DITs, on-set/near-set post production operations, visual effects houses and post production facilities. 

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“Lawrence of Arabia,” “Richard III,” Digitally Restored with Innovations from MTI Film, Among the Finalists for Focal International Award

Two classic films that underwent digital film restoration processing at MTI Film are among the finalists in the 2013 Focal International Awards. Lawrence of Arabia and Richard III, both restored under the direction of Sony Pictures Entertainment EVP of Asset Management, Film Restoration and Digital Mastering Grover Crisp, are nominated for Best Archive Restoration.

David Lean’s 1962 masterpiece, Lawrence of Arabia is widely considered one of the greatest films of all time. Prior to its 50th anniversary release by Sony Pictures last year, the film went through a meticulous restoration and re-mastering in 4K.

Throughout the film were sections where camera rolls had suffered exposure to the desert heat that caused the emulsion to dry and crack. This resulted in hundreds of small, vertical fissures in each frame. Although the problem, which appeared as white columns or streaks of light in release prints, had always existed, it had clearly grown worse over the decades. The cracks were thin, irregular lines 1 to 3 pixels wide separated by as little as 1 pixel in a 4K frame.  It was initially thought that the problem was confined to 2nd unit footage, but thorough investigation revealed that almost every reel of film was affected. Moreover, each defect was unique so that one solution would not work for all.

Over months of restoration, MTI Film developed new algorithms, creating and modifying existing software, to address the problem. Considerable manual intervention was also needed. In some instances, scratches ran through multiple shots. These needed to be removed with great care to avoid affecting underlying imagery and grain structure. This was particularly challenging when faces were involved.  Color correction was done by Scott Ostrowsky of Colorworks.

Restored under the aegis of The Film Foundation, Richard III stars Laurence Olivier in what has been called the best film adaptation of Shakespeare. The new restoration is the most faithful ever to the original 1955 UK release. Working from original Vistavision negative, the film was scanned and restored in 4K, resulting in dramatic improvements to picture and sound. Again, MTI Film and its Correct DRSTM system where enlisted to repair a wide variety of problems resulting from age and maltreatment.

“MTI Film was honored to contribute to the restoration of these two exceptional films and we extend our congratulations to Grover Crisp and the entire restoration team on their recognition by the Focal International Awards,” said MTI Film CEO Larry Chernoff. “Thanks to their hard work and artistry, these films can be enjoyed by a new generation in the form that the filmmakers intended.”

The 2013 Focal International Awards will be presented May 2 at the Lancaster London Hotel.

MTI Film Hires Jim Hannafin to Lead Restoration Business

MTI Film has appointed Jim Hannafin as Senior Vice President for Business Development. Hannafin, who arrives with more than 25 years of senior level experience in post-production, will focus on growing the company’s film preservation and restoration business, domestically and globally. MTI Film is one of the world’s leading independent providers of film restoration tools and services, with recent projects including a 4K restoration of Lawrence of Arabia for Sony Pictures.
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MTI Film Opens Demo and Training Space

MTI Film is excited to announce a new dedicated Demo and Training space at our Hollywood facility. Come master the ins and outs of Cortex::Control Dailies and Cortex::Convey with our staff of Post production and Software experts.  Or swing by to get a introductory demo, one-on-one with our Product Specialists who can answer all your questions about how Cortex can fit into your production's or facility's workflow.

To schedule a demo or training session, contact Belinda Merritt at Belinda.Merritt@mtifilm.com or 323-465-6478 x102.

 

MTI Film Introduces Transcoding Engine Cortex::Convey

Standalone transcoding solution supports virtually all input and output formats.

HOLLYWOOD—February 13, 2013—Continuing to add to its family of products for managing media from the set to the screen, MTI Film today announces the release of a new standalone transcoding application, Cortex::Convey.  Cortex::Convey supports input of all popular camera file formats, editorial files and intermediate file formats, including DPX, OpenEXR and H.264, for transcoding to  review, editorial and intermediate formats such as Avid DNxHD/MXF 1:1, DPX file sequences and QuickTime , as well as fully-authored DVDs and Blu-ray discs.

“More than five years ago we introduced this deliverables software as a sister application to Control Dailies Enterprise.  Even then, customers wanted to purchase it as a standalone product,” notes Belinda S. Merritt, Director of Business Development. “As we were developing the Cortex family, we thought why not give them what they want? Cortex::Convey not only delivers on this need, but as part of the Cortex platform, offers a simple and intuitive user interface on top of an extremely powerful and versatile transcoding engine that can be used in every step of post-production, not just dailies.”

Cortex::Convey offers several advantages over other transcoding solutions, adds David McClure, VP of Product Development. “It’s comprehensive, supporting all file formats, in and out, for dailies, assemblies, dubs, VFX pulls and other applications,” McClure observes. “It’s also easy to use.  The intuitive project manager allows users to quickly set up professional-quality transcoding projects without the need for deep knowledge of each and every codec. For technical users, it includes an XML API for integration into other render farms or workflow automation systems.”

Cortex::Convey takes advantage of both CPU and GPU processing with NVIDIA CUDA to transcode most files at real-time or faster, many at over 100 fps.  Template-driven automation removes the need for time-consuming, repetitive tasks and ensures consistent results from job to job.

As part of the Cortex::Convey launch, MTI Film is offering free two-week evaluation licenses, which can be requested at /cortex-convey/.  To learn more, visit www.mtifilm.com or check out MTI Film’s overview video at http://youtu.be/MJHvI4v5MR0

 


CacheIO, Quantum, and MTI Film Team to Demostrate 4K Streaming at HPA Technology Retreat

Indian Wells, CA, February 18, 2013 - CacheIO the technology leader in all Flash storage, has teamed with Quantum, provider of the industry-leading StorNext shared file system software, and MTI Film, a leading Hollywood-based post production services provider and software developer, demonstrate their joint solution for uncompressed 4K streaming at the Hollywood Post Alliance Technology Retreat from February 18th to February 22nd. Larry Chernoff, MTI Film CEO, commented “With the advent of 4K television, the requirement for multiple 4K streams will be vital to any successful workflow we deploy. In relation to our current restoration services this kind of bandwidth is essential right now. MTI Film is pleased that CacheIO and Quantum have enabled us to achieve fast access particularly as it relates to uncompressed 4K files.” The HPA demo will highlight the capabilities of MTI Film’s new dailies workflow solution Cortex::Control Dailies.

CacheIO 2RU Flash Array provides over 40TB of usable SSD storage and blazing bandwidth of over 140Gbps, enabling real-time streaming of up to 9 concurrent uncompressed 4K streams, with no performance loss due to the fragmentation suffered by traditional hard disk-based systems. Its innovative 2RU platform incorporates 18 x 8Gbps FibreChannel ports which can be shared by tens of media production workstations under the management of Quantum’s StorNext file system. In addition to the standalone SSD storage array, a caching model as a front end to existing hard-disk storage will be available from CacheIO following NAB.

Quantum’s StorNext is the leading shared file system for media production workflows. In addition to concurrent file sharing across multiple workstations, StorNext load balances all traffic across all 18 x 8Gbps FibreChannel ports on CacheIO Flash Array so its 140Gbps bandwidth can be maximally utilized by all applications with no performance hot spot. StorNext also allows CacheIO to scale out performance and capacity across multiple storage arrays.

 

MTI Film Expands Cortex Dailies Solutions

After a successful initial rollout of its Cortex product line in November 2012, MTI Film is announcing new editions of the software-based dailies solution that support formats targeted to specific users from on-set to large facilities. MTI Film has also added the ability to render watermarked QuickTime files to the Cortex Free Edition.

The new structure includes five editions—Free, Indie, Pro, Studio and Ultimate. Each edition centers on a set of supported cameras and deliverables formats commonly used in different types of productions. All paid editions include support for popular cameras such as RED, ARRI Alexa, Sony F65 and F55 and Canon 5D and c300.

“We received a lot of good feedback from beta testers and customers,” notes David McClure, VP of Product Development. “One of our main goals with the Cortex line is to keep things as simple as possible without sacrificing necessary features and functionality. After reviewing all the feedback we received, we tailored the editions to the specific needs of each of the different players and scenarios where Cortex can be used.”

“We not only wanted to keep things simple, we wanted to make them affordable,” adds Belinda S. Merritt, Director of Business Development. “A smaller production that simply needs to review shots on an iPad on-set is very different from a network production that needs to generate a full complement of dailies editorial and review deliverables once or twice a day.”

Merritt adds that the reconfigured codec packages and extra features will necessitate new pricing, but that special, low introductory pricing will remain in effect for several more weeks. “The editions will see a price bump, but we want to reward early adopters,” Merritt says. “Maintaining attractive introductory pricing for a little while longer is our way of saying thank you to customers for being our partners in a very real sense.”

The new editions and pricing will be introduced at the 2013 Hollywood Post Alliance Tech Retreat February 18 - 22. Introductory pricing will remain available to customers who place an order before February 23rd.