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Codex, Cooke Optics and The Pixel Farm Announce Plans for Next-Gen Metadata System

Companies will build on /i Technology to assist VFX post teams

Cooke Optics, the Academy Award®-winning manufacturer of precision lenses, is teaming up with Codex and The Pixel Farm to develop and deliver the next generation of metadata capture for film and digital cameras.

The system will build on the capabilities of /i Technology, the system originally developed by Cooke to record key lens and camera data to aid post-production teams. /i Technology data streamlines both production and post-production, saving significant time and costs while eliminating guesswork. It allows monitoring and transfer of key lens data, including focus distance, depth of field, focal zoom position and iris setting. DPs also can save and upload lens profiles onto memory cards for easy zoom lens swap, lens calibration, lens synchronization, and post-production analysis. More details about the new system will be announced in the coming months.

Les ZellanLes Zellan (pictured), chairman and owner, Cooke Optics, said, “We’ve been talking for a long time with our friends at Codex and The Pixel Farm about how we could improve both the physical and digital capabilities of /i Technology in order to further assist VFX teams – for instance, to help them solve difficult tracking shots. We’re thrilled to be working together again with these leading technology companies on the next-generation system and hope to be able to reveal more later this year.”

Michael Lancaster, managing director for The Pixel Farm, said, “Having assisted Cooke in the development of /i Technology and subsequently being an early adopter of the technology, it is incredibly exciting for us to be a partner in a technological advancement that will really benefit and push forward post production.”

Marc Dando, managing director at Codex, added, “Codex has been on the leading edge of capturing and distributing metadata for many years. Lens data can be so valuable in post-production and we need to ensure that this data is carried through from camera through to post and VFX.”

/i Technology has received wide support in the industry, with companies including Avid, Sony, ARRI, Thales Angenieux and RED adopting it within their own products.


July 22, 2013