September 12, 2008

Digital Vision Debuts Twister

Stockholm, Sweden - Digital Vision, a provider of grading, mastering, and finishing systems for film and television postproduction, is now shipping Twister, its new motion-compensated standards-conversion software.

Twister converts media from any format, frame rate, and resolution to any other, enabling postproduction facilities, broadcasters, and studios to create progressive frames from interlaced video-originated material, improve the quality of upconversion from SD and HD, and automatically remove 3:2 cadence from video streams, even when mixed with 2:2 and broken cadence.

With Twister, Digital Vision brings standards conversion hardware into the nonlinear software realm, offering flexibility. In addition to converting broadcast standards, it allows the tools into the creative realm for super sharp slow motions and for the inclusion of interlaced video in film projects, says a representative.

All processing is motion-compensated. Twister enables settings to be changed on a scene-by-scene basis and can be incorporated either up or downstream of the mastering and finishing tools.

Twister is a multithreaded application that takes advantage of multi-core workstations. When used in conjunction with Turbine, Digital Vision’s high-performance render accelerator, facilities can assign as many Intel CPU cores as are necessary to a project, for unparalleled processing power to enable real-time 4k capabilities, and allows users to run multiple 2k or HD tasks in real time.

Twister is now shipping as a software option to Digital Vision’s finishing systems: Film Master, Nucoda HD, as well as the Phoenix restoration and remastering solution. Pricing begins at $22,000. Twister can also be licensed by third parties.