Weta Digital Offers Clients HD VFX Workflow With Avid DNxHD 36


Tewksbury, Mass, 2008-02-19 Avid Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVID) today announced that Weta Digital, an Academy Award-winning visual effects facility based in New Zealand, has expanded to offer clients HD VFX workflows using Avid DNxHD®36 media – resulting in faster and more accurate VFX review processes for productions working in HD. Because the Avid DNxHD 36 delivers HD image quality at data rates only 50% larger than standard definition DV25, visual effects artists at Weta Digital can now exchange high-resolution media with production teams in real time over an Ethernet network and work with a better visual reference for VFX creation. In addition, the massive storage efficiency of Avid DNxHD 36 – which requires only 2% the storage of uncompressed HD – enables Weta to easily store multiple HD projects at once.

Avid DNxHD 36 is the codec of choice for productions that have decided to offline in HD because of the time and money it helps save when preparing screenings and storing HD media, said Matt Holmes, supervising visual effects (VFX) editor, Weta Digital. A majority of our VFX clients work on Avid [systems] – so it is critical for us to exchange projects, bins, media, and user settings to work seamlessly with those creative teams. For a VFX house, the ability to do this with Avid DNxHD 36 material means we have a much better reference for visual effects creation – which translates to more efficient coordination with the production.

Weta Digital's Avid workflow is built around six Media Composer® systems, upgraded to version 2.7 to support Avid DNxHD 36, which are networked to an Avid Unity™ shared storage system with 24TB of storage, which Weta also recently upgraded from a 6 TB Avid Unity system.

Bill Admans, director of marketing for the facilities segment of Avid's Video division, commented, Weta Digital is recognized worldwide for their incredible VFX work on films such as Lord of the Rings and X-Men: The Last Stand. They are also a perfect example of how the Avid workflow extends beyond the cutting room and includes other creative teams that are part of the post process. By enabling everyone to work in HD early and exchange media seamlessly, Avid DNxHD 36 provides a powerful link between the post facilities, production teams and VFX houses to work more efficiently and deliver the best work on schedule.   

For more insight into Weta's latest projects and the company's outlook on visual effects work,
listen to Avid's podcast with Weta's Matt Holmes, at: www.avid.comhttp://community.avid.com/blogs/default.aspx?GroupID=38.  

About Weta Digital

Weta Digital is an Academy Award winning visual effects facility based in Wellington, New Zealand, which offers world class visual effects for international feature films and commercials. The company is best known for its visual effects work on The Lord of the Rings trilogy (New Line Cinema), and King Kong (Universal), and most recently, for visual effects work for I,Robot (Twentieth Century Fox) and X-Men – The Last Stand (Twentieth Century Fox), Bridge to Terabithia (Walden Media), Eragon (Twentieth Century Fox), Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer (Twentieth Century Fox), The Waterhorse: Legend of the Deep (Walden Media) and Thirty Days of Night (Columbia).

About Avid Technology, Inc.

Avid is a worldwide leader in tools for film, video, audio, 3D animation, gaming and broadcast professionals – as well as for home audio and video enthusiasts. Avid professional and consumer brands include Avid, Digidesign, M-Audio, Pinnacle Systems, Sibelius, Softimage and Sundance Digital. The vast majority of primetime television shows, feature films, commercials and chart-topping music hits are made using one or more Avid products. Whether used by seasoned professionals or beginning students, Avid's products and services enable customers to work more efficiently, productively and creatively. Avid received an Oscar® statuette representing the 1998 Scientific and Technical Award for the concept, design, and engineering of the Avid Film Composer® system for motion picture editing. For more information about the company's Oscar, Grammy® and Emmy® award-winning products and services, visit www.avid.com.

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