illuminate upgrades to Baselight for HDR and 4K

Los Angeles post-production and production studio illuminate Hollywood (aka HTV) has added a second Baselight TWO colour grading workstation to their broad portfolio of services. Both Baselight systems use the Blackboard 2 control panel for the ultimate proficiency for their colourists.

Colourist Andrew Drapkin at illuminate

Colourist Andrew Drapkin pointed out that having two Baselight colour suites networked together keeps consistency when colouring episodic television content with demanding deadlines.

“The Baselight tools give us the resources to create beautiful images as well as satisfying our clients’ needs. Being able to work in two different rooms with the same resources gives us more flexibility and agility within our projects,” said Andrew. “Also, having the ability to view and monitor multiple colour spaces in a project is truly priceless, especially when you are delivering in multiple formats for each project.”

Colourist Chris Lamie also commented, “We chose Baselight because of the array of tools it offers to achieve the look our clients are seeking. Also, the majority of the projects we manage request HDR/UHD and 4K mastering. This focus is what led to the further investment in Baselight”.

Illuminate works primarily with all major studios, independent producers, networks, distributors and all digital platforms. In 2020, the company is celebrating its 25th year in the industry. “Over this time, the company has pioneered restoration techniques that have revived valuable library content for all digital platforms,” said Jim Hardy, CEO. “We’re known for our unique proprietary technology that help content owners and distributors finish current productions and help monetise their older library assets.” 

“We are currently working on finishing the remastering and restoring of Sony’s Party Of Five along with the feature film Final Countdown in UHD,” said Drapkin. “Using the Film Grade tool in Baselight is a wonderful foundation for my Video Grade – it is virtually impossible not to get the look you’ve envisioned. And the black and white desaturator in Film Grade helps immensely when you are working with old faded elements.”

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