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Discreet's Digital Intermediate Drive Continues with New lustre Purchase

Discreet announced that Ultimate (Ultimate Video Int.), The Netherlands, has installed high-performance digital color correction and digital intermediate (DI) capabilities based on lustre, Discreet's award-winning, realtime color grading system.

Ultimate, a full-service editing, design and visual effects facility, has invested in a lustre system as part of its strategy to expand its services into digital color grading for SD, HD and 2K film projects. Ultimate hails the lustre system as "future proof color grading at the very highest level."

"For multi-format SD, 2K and HD grading Discreet's lustre is the only system worthy of consideration," said Ad Besuijen, Ultimate's technical manager. "It has so many excellent features that it is without a doubt the only logical step for future proof color grading and correction. Discreet is well known for innovation, and lustre continues that trend. It will play an important part in our plans to lead DI for the Dutch film and programming markets."

Located in both Hilversum and Amsterdam, Ultimate offers post-production services for the Dutch market, spanning television, documentaries, live-action, music videos, commercials and feature films. Recent DI work on feature films, including PIPO EN DE P-P-PARELRIDDER (PIPO THE CLOWN) by Endemol, and DE SCHIPPERS VAN DE KAMELEON (THE CHAMELEON) by Kameleon Prods., has helped to establish Ultimate as a leading Dutch DI provider, and prompted the company to invest in a lustre system.

lustre, with its integrated approach to auto-assembly, grading and mastering, provides the foundation for Ultimate's DI pipeline at Hilversum. With 8 terabytes of data storage and 1 Gb Ethernet network connectivity, the lustre system forms the high-speed, unified data hub to the company's SD, HD and 2K production pipeline.

Ultimate's new lustre system is driven by Petro van Leeuwen, a film color timer with more than 20 years experience in film labs and film post-production, and Olaf Lankhorst, who brings 20 years experience in video and HD grading. The first projects to be handled by the system will be four new feature films and multiple drama series.

lustre was developed in conjunction with Colorfront (Hungary), the software manufacturer responsible for groundbreaking digital color grading technologies deployed on THE LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy and STUART LITTLE 2.

lustre's growing popularity includes installations at Pixar Animation Studios (Emeryville, USA), Technicolor Creative Services (Los Angeles, USA), Laboratoires Eclair (Paris, France), Studio Mirage (Prague, Czech Republic), Prime Focus (Mumbai, India) and FotoFilm (Madrid, Spain).

Discreet's award-winning solutions are 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. Discreet (www.discreet.com) is based in Montreal, Quebec, and is a division of Autodesk Inc, a leading design and digital media creation, management and distribution company.

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