Sunday, October 27, 2019

FTII buys new software worth Rs 1 Cr


PUNE: The Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) recently installed "one of the most cutting-edge" colour grading and correcting software for films available in the market at a cost of over Rs1 crore.

The FTII has claimed to be the first film school in the country to install the software. A senior official of the FTII said the suite, based on the Baselight V5 Digital Intermediate, will save the institute and its students enough time and money during post-production, as earlier films were sent out for grading and correction. 

"Colour grading and correction is very important in the post-production process for films. But, since we did not have this suite earlier, we would have to send it out to film laboratories in Mumbai. Now that we have this Baselight suite, our students can work on films on campus itself. In fact, immediately after its inauguration this week, the first film is already being processed there," Bhupendra Kainthola, the director of FTII, said.

The suite, developed by a British firm, is one of the most in-use colour correction facilities across the world of films. It enables the production of films in the 2K and 4K format, renowned for its on-screen resolution, when paired with the Christie projector, which is another industry-standard worldwide. 

"We have spent around Rs1.5 crore for its development and it to be put into use. We have also recruited technicians trained in its use, so that they can guide our students effectively during the post-production process," Kainthola said.


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