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SAM announces Quantel Rio support for Panavision’s new 8K Millennium DXL Camera (DXL)
Posted on Monday, June 6, 2016
SAM announces Quantel Rio support for Panavision’s new 8K Millennium DXL Camera (DXL)

Quantel Rio is the only system able to support the camera’s Unique, Cinematic Image Mapping ControlsCine Gear Expo, Hollywood, CA (Panavision/Light Iron booth: Stage 16, booth S123), 3 June 2016

Snell Advanced Media (SAM) today announced its award-winning Quantel Rio color, editing and finishing solution is the first-and-only system to support the ‘Light Iron Color’ functionality in the new Panavision Millennium DXL Camera (DXL).  Making its debut at the Cine Gear Expo, the DXL is a revolutionary breakthrough in image acquisition and workflow, developed in response to heightened demand for large-format cinematography.

At the core of the DXL camera is a proprietary image mapping process called Light Iron Color, which provides a unique, cinematic look directly out of the camera.  According to Danny Peters, SAM’s Director of Creative Services, “SAM and post production facility Light Iron have had a successful long-term relationship centered on the Quantel Rio.  As part of the Quantel Rio’s recent V4 software release, SAM was thrilled to have worked closely with Light Iron and Panavision to optimize compatibility with Light Iron Color.”

The Quantel Rio system’s “Light Iron Color” menu provides controls enabling colorists to access and manipulate the proprietary image mapping within the files from the DXL camera to produce their optimum cinematic look.  The Quantel Rio natively handles all file types from the DXL camera: 4K proxy files – ProRes or DNx – and the large-format 8K RAW files for superior image quality.

At NAB 2016, SAM announced the all-new, redesigned Quantel Rio (V4 software release) which supports HFR, HDR and BT.2020, and offers users the ultimate  post production workflow, including these capabilities:

  • New speed effects and re-timing tools – Highest quality, super smooth and fluid speed effects based on SAM’s world-leading Alchemist retiming algorithms
  • Super-fast cloud tracker – Improved speed, integration and accuracy designed for grading sessions where efficiency is key
  • Integrated Avid workflows – Avid conform integration including profiled speed changes, DNxXR, Plugin support, Flex-Frame, Opacity and more

“The Quantel Rio, having been designed with a 14K wide canvas is perfect for use with the DXL camera because it easily and natively accepts 8K large-format files.  This makes Quantel Rio the system of choice for coloring and finishing by those doing large-format post production,” said Danny Peters.

Visit us during Cine Gear Expo June 3 and 4 in the Panavision/Light Iron booth to see a demonstration of the DXL camera interface and the new V4 Quantel Rio advancements.