Rohde & Schwarz DVS GmbH will be at work behind the scenes delivering workflows and moving image quality to the 65th Berlin International Film Festival to be held from February 5 -15, 2015. The Hanover-based company will be supporting the Berlinale as an official partner with three R&S CLIPSTER mastering stations, a four-channel R&S VENICE […]
Rohde & Schwarz DVS GmbH will be at work behind the scenes delivering workflows and moving image quality to the 65th Berlin International Film Festival to be held from February 5 -15, 2015. The Hanover-based company will be supporting the Berlinale as an official partner with three R&S CLIPSTER mastering stations, a four-channel R&S VENICE ingest and production server, as well as robust R&S SpycerBox storage solutions.
Rohde & Schwarz systems located in the Data Centre of Colt Technology Services (also Digital Cinema Partner of Berlinale) will form the centerpiece of digital workflows at the Berlinale. The R&S CLIPSTER mastering station will create and review DCPs (Digital Cinema Packages) prior to the transfer into screening venues. Robust R&S SpycerBox storage solutions, which boast a storage capacity of up to 1 petabyte, will ensure that the hand-picked film entries for the Berlinale and the European Film Market (EFM) are backed-up and ready to play. With their performance, redundant architecture, and fail-safe operations, they provide the highest possible safety standards for the DCPs used during the festival.
The majority of the 1,200 films that will be shown at the Berlinale are not supplied as DCPs but in other file formats and even on tape. This is where the R&S VENICE ingest and production server steps in. It digitises the content and makes it available for further processing. R&S CLIPSTER will be responsible for processing the enormous quantity of data involved a task it performs quickly and efficiently. As R&S CLIPSTER supports a wide range of video formats, films that have already been submitted digitally can be converted and processed quickly. Furthermore, the mastering station enables high-quality DCPs to be generated faster than in real-time thus allowing for last-minute adjustments, such as changes to the subtitles.
Ove Sander, Technical Manager Digital Cinema, Berlin International Film Festival: “Once again, we look forward to counting on Rohde & Schwarz DVS GmbH systems. With its incredible speed, the CLIPSTER mastering station lets us generate all DCPs in good time prior to the start of the festival. Since the DCPs are also backed up by the reliable SpycerBox solutions we can depend on everything to run smoothly even when things get hectic during the festival.”
Andreas Loges, CEO of Rohde & Schwarz DVS GmbH: “We’re delighted to support the Berlinale as Third Partner this year. Our involvement and activities in Berlin is a sign of our strong ties to Berlin as well as Germany as a film location.”