Program Offers Access to Development Versions of THX cineSpace Products, Expanded Training Opportunities for Best Practices and Enables Communication between Production Facilities
HOLLYWOOD (SMPTE 2011 – Stand 504), October 25, 2011—THX Ltd. today announced the THX cineSpaceTM Partner Program, a growing ecosystem of experts in the content production space, with a common goal of offering products that ensure quality end-customer experiences and effective color management throughout the production chain. Representing Digital Intermediate grading and restoration systems used in major facilities all over the world to finish feature films, television shows and commercials, the new program promotes proper implementation and use of the THX cineSpace color management software. It enables partner companies to access development versions of new THX cineSpace products for alpha and beta testing, and to use THX cineSpace in end-user training programs to ensure customers get the most out of the combination of THX cineSpace and their products.
“The systems manufacturers participating in the THX cineSpace Partner Program are some of the world’s leading firms in the business, responsible for producing major feature films, prime time television shows and commercials,” said Rick Dean, senior vice president, THX Ltd. “With this new program, THX is facilitating communication between production and post-production organizations to ensure facilities and artists are getting the best possible results onto the screen.”
Partner products support THX cineSpace LUTs which enable the systems to accurately emulate virtually any display target during the creative processes of grading and restoration. Colorists and other artists use the partner systems together with THX cineSpace to complete deliverables intended for display using Rec 709 video, digital cinema, and any film stock.
As part of its partner program, THX also works closely with the International Colorist Academy (ICA), a collective of freelance colorists and color scientists led by well-known colorist and trainer Kevin Shaw. THX receives input and advice on best practices and development priorities based on ICA real-world experiences working on a wide variety of material in top facilities all over the world. In addition, the ICA uses THX cineSpace as the preferred color management tool for its colorist training programs, which help engineers and artists implement and use THX cineSpace color management properly.
THX is exhibiting its latest version of THX cineSpace color management software at the SMPTE National Conference October 25-27, at Stand 504. In addition, Michael Chenery, senior color scientist, THX, will present a paper at SMPTE on “The Validity and Relevance of Reference Displays” on Tuesday, October 25. Michael will address a host of color science issues related to replacing the once ubiquitous CRT display in professional environments and discuss alternatives to dealing with the problem of “what is the best reference monitor,” given the current state of display technology.
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