Siggy Ferstl, colorist at post house R!OT Santa Monica, deployed the da Vinci System's Resolve digital mastering suite for digital intermediate (DI) color grading of the Michelin commercial, which debuted during this year's pregame Super Bowl show and is scheduled to air throughout 2007.
Near the end of the project — and on a tight deadline — Ferstl was asked to cast his colorist eye over the images, balancing and enhancing shots as needed and blending live action shots into the CGI backgrounds.
At R!OT, the Resolve system is mounted on a central server that is shared with the VFX department. As the special effects department produced final changes and rendered out new versions for color correction, Resolve's SAN-based workflow and formatting capabilities allowed Ferstl to access the updated changes as they were being made. Ferstl grabbed the shots he needed and dropped them into the timeline. This shared access allowed him to update shots quickly.
The Resolve digital mastering suite expands da Vinci's 2K Plus color enhancement system with program-conforming tools designed for advanced workflows in DI environments.
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