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Filmlight Baselight

Baselight, produced by FilmLight, is one of the most feature-rich and complex colour-correction systems on the international market.

Baselight is not just a software product but a full grading and finishing system.

It is available in three different hardware versions. The software functionality in all three versions is very similar, but the systems differ in their performance due to the different hardware configurations.

Baselight One is a specially configured HP Z840 Workstation, equipped with 2 video cards, 3.8TB SSD internal cache and optional 24TB RAID 5 internal storage or 56TB of external, high speed RAID 6 storage. Besides the classical Baselight panels ‘Blackboard’ and ‘Slate’, AVID Artist Colour and Tangent Wave and Element control panels are also supported.

Baselight Two hardware is in a 5U Master unit and a User Interface host PC for monitoring and verifying peripherals such as monitors and the panel in the suite. With Baselight Two, two to three GUI monitors and a Blackboard 2 panel can be used. The system is equipped with 4 graphics cards and up to 80TB of storage. This system can handle complex 4K/HDR workflows quickly and easily.

Baselight X hardware is in a 5U Master unit, a 5U Auxiliary unit and a User Interface host PC. The current version uses seven graphics cards, one of which is dedicated solely to displaying the GUI and scopes. Storage consists of up to 160TB of RAID with a bandwidth of about 5Gbytes/s, enabling high-performance editing for the most complex projects. 4K material can be processed in 4:4:4 up to 120fps.

Workflow

UHD video output is possible with all three versions. Material with frame rates of 23.98 to 120fps and a resolution of up to 8192x8192 pixels can be processed by the software.

Baselight supports importing and exchange with other applications, including AAF, EDL, XML, ALE, and FLE. This makes it possible to tie Baselight to virtually any workflow. Equally flexible are the various image file formats which can be imported.

Image sequence formats like DPX, TIFF, PNG, CIN, JPEG and RAW formats from ARRI , Nikon, Canon , Sony or CinemaDNG are supported and can be natively imported and converted internally. The RED R3D format is also debayered by a RED Rocket card. Video formats of all types as well as MXF and QuickTime wrapped material can be imported and freely mixed within a timeline or project and subsequently output. Unencrypted SMPTE or InterOp DCPs can also be packaged within Baselight.

Another Baselight product is Baselight Editions. These allow the integration of Baselight features into existing post production environments at a reduced financial cost and without additional hardware. Baselight Editions exist for Avid and Nuke with Baselight’s functionality being provided as a plug-in for these applications. The AVID Baselight plug-in is available for Windows and Mac platforms using Media Composer version 6 and above. Once installed, the plug-in appears in the Effect Palette and from there acts as an ‘application within the application’. The Baselight plug-in has its own, frame-enabled interface window. All colour corrections are applied directly to the cuts in the timeline and can also be exported to fully equipped Baselights via AAF or imported by the Baselight from the Avid.

Productions that do not own a Baselight but need to exchange material or projects with a Baselight post production workflow, can perform low level colour grading with these plug-ins.

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