April 10, 2008

Boxx Technologies Unveils redBoxx

Austin, Texas - Boxx Technologies Inc., maker of high-performance computing systems for visual effects (VFX) professionals, released redBoxx, the first solution that enables film directors, colorists, and effects experts to view 4K footage shot with the Red One digital cinema camera at full quality 2K resolution in real time with full debayering, without having to use expensive and time-consuming scanning and transcoding.
redBoxx is based on a specially engineered version of the 3DBOXX Workstation and includes Assimilate's new Scratch Cine software package for Digital Intermediate work. redBoxx is designed to work only with RedCode .R3D files. For the first time ever, digital film in full-quality 2k resolution can be played back in real time straight from a Compact Flash memory module or a hard drive over a Firewire connection directly from the camera into the redBoxx. redBoxx has the power to perform color-grading in real-time with Scratch Cine and even apply a vignette while maintaining 24 frames per second play-out. The redBoxx also doubles as a virtual telecine as it converts the Red One's .R3D format into DPX or TIFF at a time-saving ratio of 10:1 for 4K to 2K DPX. The redBoxx enables fillmmakers to create polished results faster, easier, and at lower cost than current standard Digital Intermediate (DI) technology can offer.
Scratch Cine, the virtual telecine for projects shot on a Red One digital 4K camera, is designed to work exclusively with .R3D files. It enables common tasks historically done on expensive telecine systems such as: tape-based dailies, one-light color grading, color and shot management, and initial .R3D conforming, all designed specifically for the Red image format.
The redBoxx is based on a unique dual-socket Intel architecture powered by two, quad-core processors, for a total of eight cores. The two CPUs are specifically tuned and optimized by Boxx Labs to work with data from the Red One camera using Assimilate Scratch Cine.
BOXX Labs has also matched the performance level required to handle Red One data with a special cooling solution to create a stable and quiet digital film workstation.