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Jason Rodriguez
11-01-2006, 06:34 AM
2K Digital Cinema Camera Streamlines Movie and HD production

Silicon Imaging and CineForm team to shoot, edit and encode HD and 2K using IntelŪ Core™ 2 Duo Processors

Hollywood, CA, November 1, 2006 –Silicon Imaging, with help from CineFormŪ and Intel Corporation, today unleashed a 2K Digital Cinema camera system set to revolutionize movie and HD production. The Silicon Imaging SI-2K will shoot footage directly to disk, at either 1920x1080P HD or 2048x1152 cinema resolutions running on motherboards integrated into the camera or on laptop computers powered by IntelŪ Core™ 2 Duo processors. Captured footage is instantly editable using CineForm’s Prospect 2K™ real-time visualization and colorization software. Afterwards finished projects can be directly encoded for theatrical distribution to digital cinemas or on-demand Internet download.

"The transition to digital cinematography started when George Lucas first shot 'Star Wars: Episode II' in HD," states Ari Presler, Silicon Imaging CEO. “Today, we have completely eliminated the need for film or tape and now offer the ability to shoot at even higher resolutions than HD, edit while each shot is taken, and have a production ready for distribution within weeks instead of months.”

The Silicon Imaging SI-2K is the first 2/3” digital cinema camera with 10-bit CineForm RAW™ and 12-bit uncompressed 2K direct-to-disk recording. It offers unprecedented image quality, over 10 f-stop dynamic range, a touch-screen interface and IT-friendly connectivity. It is also the first to deliver in-context 3D color-corrected “look” visualization and a complete raw post-production workflow.

Unlike modern HD cameras, which develop and compress colorized imagery inside the camera, the SI-2K streams images as uncompressed raw “digital negatives” over a standard gigabit Ethernet connection. An Intel Core 2 Duo processor-based computer embedded in the camera or tethered to a laptop up to 300 feet away, processes the digital negatives, where they are non-destructively developed and colorized for preview using the cinematographer's desired "look" for the scene.

The digital negatives and "look" metadata are simultaneously recorded to a 2.5” notebook hard drive using the CineForm RAW™ visually perfect codec. Up to 4-hours of continuous footage are captured on a single 160GB notebook drive; this is the equivalent of 14-reels of 35mm film which has an associated cost exceeding $25,000 for materials and processing.

“The Silicon Imaging camera is truly amazing” states Cinematographer Geoff Boyle. ”The SI-2K MINI is small enough to be placed directly in a scene for point-of-view shots, used on robotic arms for model photography or incorporate two side-by-side for stereo 3-D. We used it on ‘Mutant Chronicles’, a Sci-Fi feature with over 1500 visual effect shots. We shot flames and explosions using the 72fps slow motion mode and the recordings display smooth tonal gradations and natural colors. Finally, the director can immediately see full-resolution instant replays, without having to wait for film dailies or color correction."

CineForm’s Prospect 2K software, optionally bundled with the SI-2K, provides real-time, multi-stream editing of CineForm RAW files with look metadata using Adobe Production Studio, and supports both Windows AVI and Apple QuickTime formats. Further details on MacOS workflow including Final Cut Pro will be disclosed in the coming weeks.

“Together we are enabling a major paradigm shift in the entertainment industry for the way films are shot and edited," states David Taylor, CineForm CEO. “Our combined efforts allow CineForm RAW recording and Prospect 2K editing to retain the many benefits of shooting raw, including increased visual fidelity, while reducing costs during both production and post, and encouraging faster project completion.”



“With the power of multi-core ready applications and Intel Core 2 Duo processors, Silicon Imaging and CineForm have streamlined the digital high-resolution movie-making workflow,” said Elliot Garbus, general manager of the Developer Relations Division, Intel Corporation. “This solution promises cost and time saving benefits for cinematographers and directors by utilizing the power of multiple cores.”

The SI-2K DVR with an embedded Intel Core 2 Duo processor and hot-swap drive cartridge system plus the removable MINI camera head is $20,000 or bundled with Prospect-2K for $22,000; with estimated shipment in January. The SI-2K MINI is $12,500 and shipping in December.


About Silicon Imaging
Silicon Imaging, Inc. is a leader in IT-centric high-definition digital camera and RAW workflow solutions. Silicon Imaging’s products incorporate disruptive technologies to deliver a new generation of products outperforming traditional HD cameras while increasing flexibility and lowering cost. Please visit : www.siliconimaging.com.


About CineForm
CineForm, Inc., develops software products for use by media professionals in high-resolution acquisition and post-production applications. Powered by CineForm Intermediate, CineForm's acclaimed products provide unmatched visual quality and real-time performance – without the need for specialized hardware – while enabling an online digital intermediate workflow that runs on affordable desktop PCs. Please visit www.CineForm.com.

Christopher Barry
11-01-2006, 09:05 AM
wow, congrats on the release.

With the SI-2K MINI, does the HD stream go via Gigbit directly to a qualified Core 2 Duo laptop and encoded with CineForm RAW codec (like CineForm ProspectHD file), ready for post? Or only to SiliconDVR?

Footage looks great, I have been following it as released.

Ari Presler
11-01-2006, 12:54 PM
You can either use the SI-2K DVR to record with the Mini attached or tethered. Alternatively, use a qualified notebook with the Mini. Apple Core 2 Duo 2.33GHz may be a good choice but not yet tested.

Emanuel
11-01-2006, 03:28 PM
wow, congrats on the release.I second that!

EDIT -- Ari, same sensor size?

Ivanhurba
11-01-2006, 04:11 PM
Congratulations! And i even didnīt knew it was being used for the Mutant Chronicles! That was a classic for me (RPG) six years ago! Another reason to wait for it!

Congrats again!

Ari Presler
11-01-2006, 09:29 PM
Ari, same sensor size?

Emanuel,

The SI-2K imager is slightly larger than the SI-1920. The pixel size remains 5-uron. Therefore, in 1920 mode they are the same. In 2K mode the imager width is 2048 x 5um = 10.24mm.

Do you think it is about time you change the signature line on your posts to something more colorful? You need some visine... ;-)

Emanuel
11-02-2006, 09:32 PM
LOL

The Jim's 4K offer is irresistible... Colorful Ari? Actually, my view isn't jealous... Who knows if I'll take away a mistress back home ala Scola...

:)

Lduke32
11-03-2006, 03:27 PM
Shouldn't Jared Land and Barry Green give a little props to the SI and Cineform team? :thumbup: These guys are only pushing the envelope for better tools for all of us. Competition is good thing. I nominate SI and Cineform and Intel for a special section on the front page for their outstanding achievement. The RED guys can handle a little competition ... can't they? :huh:

Fugitive
11-04-2006, 06:03 AM
Congrats Ari and SI team. I second what LDuke said. Competition is good for all of us. Congrats again.

donatello
11-04-2006, 07:59 AM
if i remember correctly at NAB the ship date was going to be Q3 , 2006.
how solid is the Dec & Jan date ?
as in = everything is ready to go and you're gearing up for manufacturing adjustments = will meet the ship dates ..

OR you're depended on a 3rd party ( ie: sensor or some other major part) and your dates are depended on them coming thru ...

do you know which rental houses will have the camera Jan- Mar ?

Paul Nordin
11-04-2006, 01:11 PM
how solid is the Dec & Jan date ?
as in = everything is ready to go and you're gearing up for manufacturing adjustments = will meet the ship dates ..
OR you're depended on a 3rd party ( ie: sensor or some other major part) and your dates are depended on them coming thru ...
do you know which rental houses will have the camera Jan- Mar ?

Maybe Ari or someone at SI can clarify. But, I spoke with Steve Nordhauser at Able Cine's SI Demo yesterday. He said that the Dec delivery of the Mini and January of the DVR were hard targets, that they were going to do everything they could to meet. However, he also stated that the dates were dependent upon delivery to them of the second generation imaging sensor, which will be used in the first production run of cameras. So that variable is outside thier control.
Steve also didn't think that there would be any systems available at the major rental houses until the systems have had a chance to gestate with the "early adopters" making up the first round of purchasers in Dec/Jan/Feb.

David Newman
11-04-2006, 04:07 PM
These dates are real as they can be. Back at NAB time frame we were all running alpha versions of the camera software, CineForm RAW compression and the RAW workflow in Prospect HD. Since then there have been many shoots including a feature (http://indiefilmline.blogspot.com.) Software is ready, even the current sensor is pretty dam good (Spoon was shot with it), but the next generation sensor is what SI always planned to mass ship with, that going to be shipped within weeks not months now. Place you orders. :)

BLUESPIDER
11-07-2006, 01:20 AM
I'm sold! I'm definetly getting this camera over the RED.

Emanuel
11-07-2006, 05:04 PM
if i remember correctly at NAB the ship date was going to be Q3 , 2006.
how solid is the Dec & Jan date ?
as in = everything is ready to go and you're gearing up for manufacturing adjustments = will meet the ship dates ..

OR you're depended on a 3rd party ( ie: sensor or some other major part) and your dates are depended on them coming thru ...

do you know which rental houses will have the camera Jan- Mar ?Don,

Fair questions as usual. Although adding what David said, I think those were the 1080p version(s) not 2K as it will be after December/January.

Even in the last July, Ari made the offer in these same boards asking who would be interested to join the beta program. Last September/October, Steve stated the Mini was already available to deliver.

Cheers :beer:
Emanuel