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June 28, 2018, 2:35 pm
The Hollywood Professional Association (HPA) Awards Committee has announced the winners of the 2018 HPA Engineering Excellence Award.
The Hollywood Professional Association (HPA) Awards Committee has
announced the winners of the 2018 HPA Engineering Excellence Award.
Winners were determined at a blue ribbon judging session held at IMAX
on the 16th of June. The coveted honor will be bestowed November 15,
2018 at the 13th annual HPA Awards gala at the Skirball Cultural Center
in Los Angeles.
The Engineering Excellence Award was created to
spotlight and reward companies and individuals providing services to the
professional media content industry for their outstanding technical and
creative ingenuity in media, content production, finishing,
distribution and archive. The HPA Awards launched in 2005 to recognize
creative artistry, innovation and engineering excellence in the
professional media content industry.
Joachim Zell, Chair of the
HPA Awards Engineering Committee said, “Once again, the Engineering
Excellence judging sessions brought us outstanding presentations from a
variety of companies at work in different parts of the media and
entertainment ecosystem. The presenters are representative of the
amazing work that great companies and brilliant individuals are bringing
to the marketplace. The judges had a strong field of excellent
technologies to evaluate, and the results were extremely close. Based on
the effort, talent and time from the presenters and the enthusiasm of
the judges, it is clear that the HPA Engineering Excellence award is
meaningful to our industry, and I want to personally thank our
presenters and our intrepid judges. Congratulations to the winners and
to the entrants for truly impressive work.”
The winners of the 2018 HPA Award for Engineering Excellence are:
Blackmagic Design - DaVinci Resolve 15
Resolve 15, released at NAB this year, offers a major step forward for
the post-production workflow, a significant shift in technically and
creatively matched toolsets as well as overall efficiency. The platform,
designed to provide a full suite of post-production tools, from ingest
to delivery, directly integrated in a single ecosystem, includes
significant improvements in quality, functionality and time to delivery.
Exchange formats, translation and conform can be eliminated, and
last-minute change efficiently managed for feature film, episodic TV and
short form productions.
Canon - Visual and Technical Monitoring of HDR Images
has seen the need for not only visually seeing HDR images on set, in
editorial, and in finishing but also for engineering tools to know exact
values of the HDR images and its pixels; compare SDR and HDR images;
compare different HDR deliverable systems; out of gamut warnings; and
connection to various manufacturers camera metadata.
This complete system from Canon ensures that HDR and SDR image creation is easily and accurately be accomplished.
Cinnafilm, Inc. – PixelStrings
is a cloud-based video conversion service focusing on ultimate playback
quality for media. Leveraging the award-winning framerate conversion,
retiming, artifact/noise/telecine correction, and transcode technologies
from Cinnafilm, this PaaS enables the mass creation of best-possible
video versions while leveraging infinite, GPU-enabled cloud compute
power. The platform is a growing hub of other best-of-breed media
technologies and is a simple pay-as-you-use toolset available 24/7
though a browser. PixelStings enables the freedom of a predictable OpEx
IBM Aspera & Telestream - Telestream Vantage with Lightspeed Live Capture powered by Aspera
Aspera and Telestream have developed a game-changing solution for
high-speed capture and production of live, broadcast quality video from
remote locations for faster production turnaround. The API integration
of Aspera’s FASPStream streaming technology with Telestream Vantage and
Lightspeed Live enables open-file workflows so production teams can work
on live video feeds from remote locations in real time, with
dramatically lower costs compared to satellite delivery, fiber or
on-location production and more flexible deployment options.
Samsung - Samsung Onyx
Samsung Onyx Cinema LED technology with DCI certification has come to
market for both Cinema and Post Production uses with two models: a 2K
resolution 5 meter screen and a 4K resolution 10.3 meters screen. LED
technology delivers visual quality, technical performance and
reliability beyond that of traditional projector-based operations. This
system also features state-of-the-art surround sound from Harman/JBL.
While operating nominally with traditional 14 ft-L SDR imagery the
screen is adopting support for HDR systems such as EClairColor and PQ
with operating points at least to 300 cd/m2 and black performance
including “off” and 0.005 cd/m2.
In addition to the honors for
excellence in engineering, the HPA Awards will recognize excellence in
12 craft categories including color grading, editing, sound and visual
effects. The recipients of the Judges Award for Creativity and
Innovation and other special awards will be announced in the coming
Tickets for the 13th annual HPA Awards will be available
for purchase later this summer. More information about the HPA Awards
and the Hollywood Professional Association, as well as sponsorship and
congratulatory advertising opportunities, can be found at www.hpaonline.com.
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