Visual effects software company The Foundry has launched an open beta of its brand new digital cinema camera workflow product, Storm.
According to the company, Storm addresses the growing complexity of shooting digital, performing a variety of core tasks on and near-set and bringing camera and post production closer together.
Storm can rapidly navigate and playback footage allowing producers, directors and editors to view takes in high resolution without interruption or delay. Anyone who has done basic colour correction and editing will apparently feel comfortable sitting with Storm and cutting together a rough edit or exploring a ‘look’ interactively with the cinematographer. Supporting the digital technician, Storm provides simple and intuitive metadata tagging and timeline re-conforming to ensure the exchange with editorial and post production is sped up significantly.
“Storm has been developed in very close collaboration with users, and the open beta is a chance to gain wider feedback – ensure that Storm lives up to expectations and continues to develop to meet the growing needs of the digital camera community. The Foundry looks forward to seeing the Storm platform grow to deliver new and exciting things in the future,” said Richard Shackleton, head of product development at The Foundry.
The Storm beta can be downloaded from http://www.thefoundry.co.uk/Storm and is FREE to use until the 1st March 2011. It requires a MacBook Pro, Mac Pro or iMac with at least 2GB RAM running OSX 10.6.4 or later. Storm is optimised for RED R3D footage and will use a RED ROCKET card if one is installed.
Ted Schilowitz, Leader of the Rebellion at RED, added: “Having seen Storm in detail, I’d describe it as REDCine-X on steroids. Well worth the time to investigate it’s capabilities if you are involved in post production, working with RED footage. The Foundry have looked at RED workflow in great detail and taken logical integration with RED to a very evolved state. We’re very excited that those shooting and posting RED all over the world will soon have access to this software.”