MTI Film came to NAB with a new, super-portable version of its Cortex Dailes tool that fits in an airline overhead bin, as well as a completely reprogrammed, resolution-independent 64-bit version of its DRS film-restoration toolkit, now called DRS Nova.
The new Cortex CarryOn is stuffed inside a case designed by a manufacturer who specializes in computers for the military. The liquid-cooled system features a 12 TB SSD RAID, 4K output over HD-SDI and HDMI, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt 2.0 connectivity. MTI said the system is currently being used in beta form on A&E's Longmire.
A key feature of the Cortex Dailies workflow in the new v1.5, the company said, is the .XML Manifest file, which specifies the color decisions made on set as well as including information about the offload and backup files with MD5 checksums — that means the system knows right away if something has gone wrong between the set and the production office.
The Cortex CarryOn is $35,000, including the CortexDailies Enterprise software.
Meanwhile, MTI was demonstrating its new digital film restoration tool, DRS Nova. A 64-bit version of the previous Correct DRS, the new software has increased memory space for working with 4K, 6K, and 8K files, faster performance, and greater stability. It includes new project-management features, a file-based architecture (meaning no more VTR I/O), OpenEXR support, and improved tools for de-warping, stabilization, three-layer registration, and scratch removal.
The best part? It's a free upgrade for Correct DRS users with a service contract in place. Reduced-price perpetual licenses of Correct DRS are also being made available for users who really need that VTR capability. MTI said DRS Nova is already in use on "several" film projects, but declined to name names. It's expected to be released "shortly."
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