Improved connectivity and new tools the result of customer-aligned R&D approach
At IBC 2011 Quantel previewed the latest developments for Pablo, adding even more useful and productive tools. These include Geofix2 advanced S3D geometry correction, group effects creation, advanced integration with OpenEXR and DNxHD soft mount support. These developments will be released to Quantel users in October.
These latest developments are in addition to the 59 new features added to Pablo since May this year. This is the a result of a new agile development approach in Quantel. New features have included:
* DNxHD support
* S3D Disparity controls for text and shapes
* Adding Soft-mounted archives to the timeline
* QColor and Pablo modular panels support in MLTFX
* One-click auto vergence for S3D
All the new features have been released as quickly as possible to shorten the time between development and real-world customer feedback; there have been five feature release packages since May. This agile approach is allowing Quantel to respond quickly to user requests for additional features and boosts reliability as the develop-test-release-feedback-refine cycle is shortened. Details of the news tools at IBC are:
Precision Stereo Geometry alignment with Geofix2
Geofix2 is a completely new tool to fix S3D geometry errors. Building on all the real-world experience gained with the original Geofix tool, Geofix2 uses advanced image analysis techniques and applies corrections to both eyes to fix stereo geometry with unmatched precision and quality. The Geofix correction values are also now exposed and keyframeable in the DVE, giving users another level of flexibility.
Quickly apply effects to groups of shots
Any effect, not just colour, can now be instantly applied to any group of segments across multiple tracks. This includes grouping based on rush id (multiple shots that have come from the same source rush) and allows color settings to be applied on an individual cascade basis. The result is faster client-attend operation with even more flexibility.
Enhanced pipeline integration with OpenEXR and DNxHD soft mount support
OpenEXR images can now be imported into Pablo for finishing and color correction. The high dynamic range of these images gives unrivalled flexibility for color manipulation and finessing. MXF DNxHD files can be soft mounted and conformed without the need to import or move media, speeding DNxHD workflows.
“Pablo’s comprehensive all-round toolset is the secret to its success,” said Martin Mulligan, Quantel Sales and Marketing Director. “The agile development approach is a great way for us to get customer ideas into the toolset quickly and reliably as our frequent release schedule proves. The new Geofix2 tool is a great example of customer feedback – they sent us Stereo3D images which were hard to correct and that led directly to the Geofix2 development and its amazing real-world performance.”