FilmLight Unveils Revolutionary Control Surface: Blackboard 2
April 12, 2011

FilmLight Unveils Revolutionary Control Surface: Blackboard 2

FilmLight launches Blackboard 2, a new control surface for its Baselight color grading system, promising to transform high-end finishing for feature films, television, and advertising.


FilmLight is previewing Blackboard 2 and all its latest developments on Stand SL7920. It is also hosting in-depth demonstrations of the new developments in the Paramount Room at The Renaissance Hotel.


Blackboard 2 represents a new concept in control surfaces. Every key is "soft" programmable and is labeled from below with back projection that changes as the functions change. Blackboard 2 can accommodate future functionality additions without the need for redesign and suit individual preferences and the needs of individual projects.


Additionally, the control surface includes a series of configurable "haptic" controls that allow users to perform certain functions in a more intuitive and tactile manner. Blackboard 2 also features four high-resolution screens that provide the user with live, in-context feedback about complex grading functions.


"Blackboard 2 represents a huge ergonomic shift that will result in increased productivity and transform grading into a more dynamic and exciting process for both the colourist and the client," says FilmLight co-founder Wolfgang Lempp. "For post-production service providers, Blackboard 2 offers a way to empower artists and differentiate a facility from its competitors by providing a premium, creative service." Lempp added that the surface's bold, curvilinear design is both functional and aesthetically pleasing, making it an eye-catching addition to any post-production suite.


Blackboard 2 departs from traditional control services where most keys are hard-wired and require modifiers and/or multiple keystrokes to accommodate an ever increasing feature set. With Blackboard 2, complex functions can be accomplished by a single keystroke. The new control surface is also much easier to learn and master than traditional surfaces as functions are presented in-context. Colorists familiar with the original Blackboard will instantly feel at home with Blackboard 2.


Blackboard 2 provides an open path to future innovation. New functionality can be designed with their own modal configuration. "It is an ideal platform for a client-attended, high-productivity environment", said Lempp, "whatever the tool used to improve the final image."

FilmLight will continue to manufacture and market the original Blackboard, which remains the industry's best hard-key control surface.


FilmLight plans to begin shipping Blackboard 2 in the summer.