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The Look upgrades Grass Valley Rio editing systems

Newly upgraded Rio suites allow the post facility to speed up its 4K and HDR pipelines

London-based post house The Look has upgraded its six Grass Valley Rio high-performance online editing and post production systems to support multiple, simultaneous streams of 4K and 8K playback.

The company said that Rio, along with the Rio Connect collaborative workflow engine and Rio Assist software, is integral to the facility’s Dolby Vision certified post production pipeline.

The Look decided to future-proof its facility after winning contracts to post several major drama series for 2019 and 2020. The newly upgraded Rio suites allow The Look to speed up its 4K and HDR pipelines to meet this demand.

With a Dolby CMU box, timeline trim passes can be made for multiple display devices with all information stored in a single XML. All parameters can be controlled from Grass Valley’s Neo panel with frame and shot analysis choices that facilitate faster workflows on projects with long timelines.

“Evolving to support Dolby Vision and future-proofing our facility to prepare for 8K is a key part of our strategy as we deliver the high-end results clients expect from The Look,” said the company’s CEO and senior colourist Thomas Urbye. “Rio helps us meet all of these requirements and more while delivering flawless quality with fast turnaround of HDR deliverables.”

Katsushi Takeuchi, vice president and general manager, editing systems, Grass Valley, added: “Rio is a hallmark for the highest-quality post production and finishing – from its real-time performance to its complete, integrated toolset and ultra-fast workflows.

“The Dolby Vision and colour grading enhancements were fundamental to The Look, making it an attractive solution for its studio that enables them to deliver top-level quality for major projects. The Look is a perfect example of how Rio enables post houses to meet the need to evolve their workflows in a changing mediascape and we are proud to support them in delivering the highest standards.”