From a press release
Las Vegas (National Association of Broadcasters Convention — Booths SL106/SL2120) April 12, 2008 — The Thomson Grass Valley™ Bones Dailies system from Thomson (Euronext Paris: 18453; NYSE: TMS) has premiered at Technicolor Content Services (TCS) in Montreal, Canada on the independent production 'Punisher: War Zone'.
Bones Dailies — part of the Bones suite of digital intermediate tools — is designed to speed the movie workflow by simplifying the process of producing daily review copies of the previous day's shoot, and at the same time capturing the information created in the process for use later in the shoot. For example, color-grading information is recorded as metadata in the CDL (the new Color Decision List standard, created by the American Society of Cinematographers with input from Technicolor Content Services) format to be used as the basis for the final finish. For Punisher: War Zone TCS is using a four-seat Bones Dailies layout which divides the dailies process into logical steps: ingest audio and video, sync, grade and finally playout to various formats.
Shot over a 40-day period in late 2007 on 35 mm negative, the theatrical feature was directed by Lexi Alexander and photographed by cinematographer Steve Gainer, ASC. Digital dailies for the shoot in Montreal were delivered in both standard definition on Digital Betacam and high definition on HDCAM-SR.
"The dailies team at Technicolor Montreal was very pleased with the results of using Grass Valley's new Bones Dailies system," said Daniel Vermette, vice president of marketing and sales for TCS Montreal. "It saved time and provided us with great flexibility in the delivery of high quality dailies to our client."
"Bones Dailies is not a black box with specified functions, it is a workflow revolution that can benefit all areas of post," said Jeff Rosica, Senior Vice President of Thomson's Broadcast & Professional Solutions within the Systems division. "Bones Dailies saves both time and money, and improves the quality of dailies deliverables using a templated way of working, thus making it easier for the operator to follow the process. This process also allows the telecine room to be released much sooner than ever before, saving more money."
At NAB Thomson will show how, in an increasingly convergent world, it supports the entire media ecosystem. Whether it is content creation, management, distribution and delivery, or consumption, our end to end solutions meet the business requirements of our customers — and let them launch new services to meet the expectations of increasingly sophisticated consumers.
Supporting this strategy, NAB will see new enhancements to the proven Bones Dailies solution, including scaling between 2k and 4k resolution files, and burn-in displays of timecode, keycode and other metadata. Thanks to a co-operative development between Thomson and Digital Rapids, Bones Dailies can now be used to deliver dailies at any resolution over IP circuits to anywhere in the world.
Thomson Grass Valley is working closely with Technicolor to ensure a smooth transition of the Bones Dailies system into the digital production pipeline at a number of Technicolor's US-based post production facilities. The flagship facility Technicolor Hollywood already has Bones Dailies installed and in use on major projects currently in production.