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Discreet & Kodak Team On Digital Film Production

Discreet has announced it is collaborating with Eastman Kodak Co. to bring Kodak's expertise in film color science and color management to emerging digital intermediate and film workflow solutions. Kodak's advanced monitor calibration and film look preview system solves the problem of accurately manipulating film scans when using digital systems for such tasks as conforming, color grading, retouching and restoration, compositing or visual effects by providing a calibrated digital environment that accurately simulates a projected theatrical print.

"Discreet systems are ideally poised to bring Kodak's color management technology to market," said Bob Mayson, gm/vp for image capture products, entertainment imaging at Eastman Kodak Co. "The creative community has a very high regard for Discreet systems, and we are absolutely delighted to be working with them."

Paul Lypaczewski, Discreet gm/evp, Autodesk, said, "By combining Kodak's unparalleled knowledge of film and color science with Discreet's 10-year experience in building high performance digital film systems, we are in a unique position to fundamentally improve our clients' workflows. We are excited by the potential of this relationship that would eliminate many of the inefficiencies and uncertainties of digital film production."

Marc Petit, vp of systems product development at Discreet, said, "When executing creative tasks digitally you almost always end up changing the original color values of the image. So without accurate calibration and preview capabilities you are essentially working blindly and can never be really sure of how the changes you made in the computer will really look on the big screen. With the Kodak system, Discreet solutions like lustre will be able to offer artists the ability to clearly see how the changes they make will affect the final film."

Montreal-based Discreet, a division of Autodesk Inc., is an award-winning solutions company designed for digital media creation, management and delivery-across all disciplines from film and television visual effects, color grading and editing to animation, game development, Web/interactive, and design visualization. For more information visit

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