04 January 2018

Filmmore goes HDR with EclairColor

Filmmore goes HDR with EclairColor

On December 15th, Filmmore’s grading cinema in Amsterdam officially got certified for EclairColor. Apart from our existing grading services we now also offer this revolutionary high dynamic range (HDR) color technology that achieves image projection of unprecedented quality.

Eclair’s VP of Technology and Innovation, Cédric Lejeune, and EclairColor Project Engineer, Najib Riegert, visited Filmmore to perform the final measurements and install the certification plaque at the entrance of the room.

With this, Filmmore is the first independent postproduction facility other than Eclair to provide grading services for this stunning new HDR standard in cinema exhibition. Together with the fully optimized color pipeline, powered by Academy Award winning Filmlight/Truelight technology, you can now grade and finish your projects to the highest and most innovative standards available in the market.

Filmmore’s DI Technical Director and Color Management Specialist, Miga Bär:
“Just over a year ago, we got wind of EclairColor, a new HDR standard for cinema, at that point still in development. The unique selling point immediately seemed to be the fact that the system is based on existing DCI projection systems and doesn’t need extreme investments for exhibitors to integrate in their cinema.
Once our senior colorist Martin Klein had seen the technique with his own eyes, while overseeing the EclairColor trim pass on Martin Koolhoven’s Brimstone in Paris early 2017, we were convinced this amazing new technology would be the way forward for us.

The wonderful thing about HDR is that it’s really a technical innovation that will change storytelling and creative decision-making. Within HDR images the contrast ratio between white and black is higher than we are used to see in cinema and on TV. This results in images that are closer to what our eyes can see, both in brightness and contrast. The result is more lifelike.

DoP’s and colorists can use the extra range the way they see fit. It’s not just there or not, like with 4k versus 2k or 48fps versus 24fps, it is a creative decision how to employ the extra dynamic range. The easiest way to understand without actually seeing it, is to imagine a painter that has worked with 20 different shades of paint all his life, who now suddenly has 10 shades extra at hand. He might decide not to use the new colors to their full extent on every painting he makes, but it can open doors that used to be closed. “

Eclair and Filmmore have been working towards the certification over the last year, during which the amount of cinema screens equipped with a compatible system raised to 126 across Europe.

During the International Film Festival Rotterdam in January, Lucrecia Martel’s highly anticipated feature film “Zama” will be shown in EclairColor, specially mastered for this purpose by renowned colorist Wouter Suyderhoud. These screenings are hosted by the IFFR, Filmmore, Eclair, CinemaNext and Lantaren Venster.

To host your full postproduction needs, Filmmore also offers the option to create an HDR10 trim pass for streaming media and Blu-ray in one of the tv-grading suites. Online editing and finishing can be done in the HDR10 compatible and full UHD online editing suite.

Would you like to have a private demo, receive more details about the technology, look at some of your own material in Filmmore’s grading room or just chat about the possibilities with EclairColor and HDR, feel free to give us a call or drop an e-mail.

Tech specs grading room:
- EclairColor certified Sony SRX-R515P 4K projector, operating at 30ftL/103nits with integrated media block
- 5,5 meters wide woven cinemascope screen, gain 1.0
- Truelight certified Baselight Two system, running both Baselight 4.4m1 and Baselight 5.0, operated through the Filmlight Blackboard
- JBL 7.1 cinema PA, powered by Dolby CP750 processor and LabGruppen amplifiers

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