Assimilate Unveils Version 6 of Scratch Data-centric DI Suite
April 15, 2011

Assimilate Unveils Version 6 of Scratch Data-centric DI Suite

Assimilate, a provider of postproduction tools for digital workflows, is launching Version 6 of Scratch, its end-to-end digital cinema and broadcast imaging tool for postproduction workflows.
Available on Mac OS X and Windows 7, Scratch v6 is for independent and documentary filmmakers, episodic broadcast facilities, and boutique postproduction houses. This new generation offers a multilayer timeline for tighter integration with editorial systems, advanced tracking and keying technology for color grading and VFX workflows, enhanced 3D stereo capabilities, and support for a wide range of input/output formats.

Reflecting market demand for maximum price-performance, Scratch is now priced at $17,995 USD. Scratch is paired in the product line with Scratch Lab, the first Digital Lab tool designed to meet the unique requirements of on-set and VFX dailies ecosystems.

“Now available on both Windows and Mac at the same price, SCRATCH delivers the industry’s most comprehensive DI toolset for data-centric digital cinema and broadcast productions,” says Steve Bannerman, Assimilate vice president of marketing. Version 6 ushers in the next generation of Scratch, featuring state-of-the-art tracking and keying, a multilayer timeline, and support for the widest range of camera formats in the industry. Scratch 6 delivers the tools that raise the creative bar for filmmakers and editors, but at a price tag that lowers the barrier to entry.”

Scratch’s new compositing, color grading and paint features include:

• Advanced tracking and keying: Scratch Color delivers greater control over grades. New, state-of-the art tracking technology combines the accuracy of a point tracker with the ease of use of a shape tracker. Multiple keyers with fine controls, offer artists unlimited creative options to tackle the most sophisticated grades.
• Vector paint tools for non-destructive painting: Paint set-ups can be saved and re-applied on different images, enabling versioning.
• Color panels: Support for Avid’s new Artist Color, and Tangent Wave and CP 200 control panels with 150 mapable functions for auxiliary control surfaces.

Scratch’s enhanced 3D Stereo features include:
• Autobalance – to balance the grade of one eye to the other
• Bicubic controls – high-accuracy controls for fixing lens differences and
distortions to assist in making left and right eyes identical

Scratch’s extended input/output formats include:
• Multilayer timeline support – automatically reproduces multilayer timelines from EDLs, saving huge amounts of time
• Widest range of input formats, including 5K RED Epic, ARRIRAW, Phantom, SI-2K, Panasonic & DSLR camera formats, output to DPX, MXF, DNxHD, TIFF
• AAF and FCPXML import – allows multi-track timelines to be exported and rebuilt, with metadata-rich descriptors, such as Rec in/out, layer, reel ID, Source in/out, transition parameters, flip/flops and DVE moves

Assimilate is advancing its position of price-performance leadership, with Scratch v6 for Mac and Windows at $17,995 USD. Scratch V6 ships during Q2 2011.

Assimilate is advancing its position of price-performance leadership, with Scratch Lab for Mac and Windows at $4,995 USD, and will ship in Q2 2011.