Sonic and Digital Vision Team Up To Deliver HD Mastering
Sonic Integrates Digital Vision Processing into its CineVision Encoding Solution for Blu-ray Disc and HD DVD
Based on 20 years of experience in developing high-performance image enhancement algorithms, Digital Vision Optics (DVO) are a collection of resolution-independent, software-based image enhancement tools for fine-tuning image quality. Included in CineVision will be DVO Grain, which is designed specifically to manage the look of film grain and to reduce unwanted electronic noise in film or video material. Grain allows creative professionals to produce clean, sharp pictures and to match the look of film grain from shot to shot, including grain matching for underexposed film. Also to be included is DVO Aperture, a high-quality spatial filter that increases the apparent sharpness of the picture. Aperture is a great tool for use in conjunction with DVO Grain in order to increase image clarity while still creatively managing the look of film grain. Additional components incorporated from Digital Vision will enable professional authors to effectively remove high-frequency noise and reduce banding. The final component of the suite of tools is DVO Dust that enables automatic removal of film dust, dirt and scratches providing a cost effective route to re-master archive titles that have been damaged in storage.
“While providing a stunning viewing experience for consumers, working with high definition video is an unforgiving process that demands the best possible tools and technologies,” said Rolf Hartley, senior vice president and general manager of Sonic’s Professional Products Group. “Working with Digital Vision, the industry leader in image enhancement solutions, we’ve been able to extend the breadth, depth, and value of our CineVision encoder ‘ giving authoring facilities the power to deliver the best looking HD and BD titles possible.”
Sonic CineVision is the world's first comprehensive encoding system built to tackle the complex encoding challenges of the next-generation Blu-ray Disc and HD DVD optical disc formats. Designed to enable complete workflow flexibility, CineVision has been optimized for professionals requiring comprehensive support for a wide range of input types, including QuickTime ®, AVI, and DPX image sequences, and all three of the next-generation HD video codecs: H.264 (AVC), VC-1, and MPEG-2. In the latest update, the application takes image quality to a new level for all three next-generation HD format and includes new advanced tools, such as adaptive quantization, to improve the handling of video effects. In addition, the application improves timeline information, giving the compressionist a clear view of the bit rate and quality metrics for the encoded files.