London’s UNIT Adds Baselight

Commercials specialist installs high-end grading system in new Soho facility

In a significant boost to its colour grading services for commercials, Soho post-production company UNIT has purchased a Baselight HD colour grading system from FilmLight. The new grading system is installed at UNIT’s newly-opened 9400 square-foot facility and is part of the service offering of the company’s specialty sub-brand ‘The Finish’, which also provides visual effects and compositing services.

UNIT has also purchased FilmLight’s Kompressor technology and is using it to connect Baselight with its central SAN and share files and data seamlessly with its Autodesk visual effects and compositing systems, as well as the Apple® Final Cut Pro® editing systems employed by its sub-brand ‘The Cut’.

UNIT CEO Adam Luckwell said his staff conducted a thorough technical review of grading systems and also polled the company’s advertising clients regarding their preferences for grading. “Almost across the board, they said Baselight,” Luckwell noted. He added that they also found that virtually all of the top post houses in London use Baselight as their primary grading system. “At that point, it became an easy decision,” he said. “We considered other systems…but not for very long.”


UNIT Senior Colourist Simon Astbury said that Baselight’s ability to import and export XML files will make it easy for him to collaborate with editors on projects. Additionally, Baselight’s robust features will greatly enhance his ability to carry out complex grading functions required by high-end commercials work. He therefore believes Baselight will help Unit attract more work from London’s top advertising agencies.

“It’s a product that opens doors simply through its reputation,” Astbury said. “As far as I’m concerned it’s the best grading system out there.”

Contact – Deepa Parbhoo ([email protected]) +44 20 7292 0400

About UNIT

UNIT, founded in May 2006, UNIT offers the full spectrum of post and creative service solutions including editing, online, grading, audio and visual effects.

UNIT’s clients are from all sectors including commercials, promos, documentaries and features. Notable clients include Abbot Meade Vickers, BBC, The Comedy Channel, Discovery International, Five, National Geographic, Ogilvy and Tiger Aspect. For more information, visit

UNIT PR Contact:
Jessie Allen – 0797 147 9290


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