Egyptian DI house deploys FilmLight solutions

Installation aims to provide Timecode staff with greater flexibility.
A shot from <i>Alf Mabrouk</i>.
A shot from <i>Alf Mabrouk</i>.


Egypt-based DI house TimeCode has deployed FilmLight’s entire product range at its facility including its NorthLight, BaseLight and TrueLight technologies.

Mohamed AboulSaad, who manages the facility, says the Northlight film scanner gives the company “an edge in the scanning market in the Middle East”.

“We achieve unprecedented picture quality , sharpness and colour depth from NorthLight, which is why many customers who have high image quality in mind come to us. Combined with the powerful conforming and colour grading tool set , as well as the speed and capacity of BaseLight, it makes finishing any colour grading project within tight deadlines an achievable task. In addition to this, these systems integrate well with the other graphics and editing solutions in our company, “ AboulSaad commented.

TimeCode’s lead colourist David Gabris, who worked with the Baselight system on three major Arab features this year including Ibrahim Labyad, Shahrazad and Alf Mabrouk says Baselight provides immense flexibility.

“The Baselight is very flexible, which means it provides our colourists with a lot of creative freedom that, in turn, helps our filmmakers achieve the look they want. We have easily applied a look developed for one shot onto a bigger part of the movie and watched it all in sequence without any time loss.

“Besides grading tools, we have applied VFX in key areas such as sophisticated softness for skin tones and compositing for the sky or other backdrops. Although this is normally done by our VFX department, in certain cases, we do it directly on Baselight,” Gabris stated.

He adds that TimeCode used panoramic photos taken on a 12 MPX digital camera as strips for the backdrop in many cases.

“We obtain the still image in 15000x4000 pixels. Without any size conversion, we composite this in 2k log scan on panoramic camera movement using the inversion-of-stabilisation function,” he explained.

TimeCode also uses Truelight to help develop the final image to match what the DOP sees in the grading room, a crucial part of the DI process.

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