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Weta Digital Adds Discreet's lustre to DI Pipeline

Weta Digital has purchased two Discreet lustre digital grading and color correction systems as part of a strategic collaboration between Discreet and Weta Digital that spans multiple products.

Joe Letteri, visual effects supervisor at Weta Digital, said, "Discreet's lustre system gives us great creative freedom to explore different ideas for the look of a scene. The lustre system brings an advanced level of collaboration to the director, director of photography and colorist in designing a mood or a look, speeding up both pre-production and the post-production process. lustre is now an essential part of our production pipeline and creative process."

Weta Digital is currently working on Universal Pictures' epic remake of KING KONG, as well as a Calvin Klein ad for theatrical release.

"Weta Digital is a champion in creating extraordinary fantasy worlds that are believable. They are experts at both defining and defying reality," said Martin Vann, vp of sales and marketing at Discreet. "Discreet's lustre, flame and inferno systems are now part of Weta Digital's DI pipeline, demonstrating that our solutions are tools of choice for the most talented and demanding digital content creation leaders." flame and inferno are Discreet's flagship visual effects systems.

Discreet's lustre is the leading high-end color grading system in the rapidly growing Digital Intermediate marketplace. Its precursor, created by the Budapest-based software development company Colorfront, was key in developing the look for THE LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy. DI, the latest revolution in film technology, is a process that converts film to high-resolution digital files and then back to film, thereby providing greater control over color manipulation and visual effects.

Weta Digital is an Academy Award-winning visual effects facility based in Wellington, New Zealand. Most recently, Weta Digital has completed work on the Extended DVD Version of THE RETURN OF THE KING and has delivered shots for VAN HELSING and I, ROBOT.

Discreet's award-winning solutions are designed for digital media creation, management and deliver -- 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, the leading design and digital media creation, management and distribution company.

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