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NAB followup: Artisan features

I was sent the following by David Catt, Product Manager at daVinci,
with regard to Artisan's features.  In the interest of disseminating
the information, I'll forward it to the list.  

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Re: Artisan at NAB.

As requested, here are some of the features of the Artisan for those
who were not able to get to the show or attend a demo plus answers to
questions recently posted on the Internet.

	Artisan uses an SGI Indy with 17" Color VDU. 1 Gig Hard drive
with 21Meg Floptical.  It will be delivered to Rushes (London),
On-Line(Zurich) and SMA (New York) for Beta site testing in mid May 95
with first production deliveries starting on June 1st.

Artisan provides user adjustable control of the Indy's VDU. The gray
scale color temperature can be matched to the suites master video

List management has changed from two lists, col and pan, to
6. Telecine Color, Telecine Pan, Renaissance Primaries, Renaissance
Secondaries, Power/Simple Windows and a Master Scene List. These lists
may be enabled or disabled so only the enabled or "active" list would
be marked . A power Window may need dissolves to track an
object. These dissolves would not be in any of the other lists
allowing simplifying trimming of the inside and outside window values.
Dissolves could over-lap between all the lists. The master Scene list
contains no color control parameters, only the true scene number and
notes at the moment but its main use will be to store thumbnail
pictures, for use with still Stores and disc drives.

The above lists "marks," may be controlled exactly as with the
Renaissance, using the Lift key, it may also be controlled with the
cursor track ball or a mouse to drag and drop, move, copy and paste
single or groups of marks from one part of the list to another. The
Lists scale is totally variable, from +/- 8 frames either side of the
current frame position up to a 24 hour display making reposition or
copying of events to different time codes quick and simple.

The cursor can now be forced to be both inside and outside of Power
and Simple windows allowing both inside and outside values to be
adjusted simultaneously.  Copy "in to out", "out to in" as well as the
swapping of values have been added.

There are now 26 temporary memories. Each memory records all color and
pan parameters for a scene but will only replay into "active" lists
allowing single groups of parameters to be copied. If the current
frame position is in the centre of a dissolve, the values for that
particular frame are stored to the memory. Memories may also be named
and in the future we intend storing thumbnails of the scene.

Similarly if the insert key is pressed while in a dissolve, the new
scenes start values, are copied from that frame of the original
dissolve. This again simplifies and speeds the tracking of objects
with the various windows available.

Undo and re-undo. After grading a number of scenes, a previously
graded scene is trimmed, the film is then run to view the whole scenes
action. If the telecine rolls over a scene boundary, the original
scenes values would have been lost. If the client then requires the
original grading, we can select "undo" to restore that original
setting.  100 undo's/re-undos are provided for each session. Re-undo
is also provided.

Kilovectors are now displayed in  a pseudo vectorscope form to show which 
color is selected and how much it is being changed. 

Bar graphs are used to display the amounts of primary correction for both 
the Telecine and Renaissance.

Power, Simple, Key in, Key out, YSFX and Custom Curves are all displayed by 
individual intuitive windows. The Telecine Color and  Pan settings are 
displayed similarly.

The TLC is now Incorporated totally with the Artisan. It is selected
by pressing the old edit key. The TLC may be displayed either on the
Artisans VDU or on its own separate VDU and controlled by a separate
keyboard to allow 2 person operation.

The disc management has also changed to work like those found in
everyday PC applications making the saving and recovery of session
simple. Sessions may be merged to select say "primary" corrections
from one session and Secondaries from another. Some list can be left
empty such as the Telecine Pan list which allows all original color
control whilst having live control of Pans.

All setup parameters are now found in drop down menus from the File
bar. These are grouped into logical areas and displayed in a window
with Radio boxes to show selections.

This is where Artisan is today, if there are any other wish lists or
ideas, please let us know and we will plan to incorporate them.

Many thanks to Rob for this excellent forum.

David Catt      
Product Manager
da Vinci Systems.

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Rob Lingelbach 	             The indoor life is the next best thing to
rob at sun.alegria.com			premature burial.  --Edward Abbey