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Posted 02 February 2007 - 12:06 PM

Kodak has introduced an enhanced version of its
proprietary DIGITAL ICE Technology. The software is designed to automatically
detect and eliminate dust, scratches and other anomalies while film images are
being converted to digital files for postproduction. KODAK DIGITAL ICE
Technology Version 2.0 more fully integrates with other postproduction
applications and offers more output options, making it a state-of-the-art tool
for creatives and end users.
?This technology is being enthusiastically embraced by postproduction
facilities that work with high-end digital film scanners,? says Kim Snyder,
general manager, Worldwide Origination Products, and vice president for
Kodak?s Entertainment Imaging Division. ?This upgrade enables facilities to
create pristine digital picture files faster and more efficiently. It will
speed up and enhance the workflow for digital intermediate, visual effects,
film restoration and other applications.?
KODAK DIGITAL ICE Technology Version 2.0 incorporates an option for
providing ?untouched? image data along with the output defect matte generated
by the software. Snyder notes that the ?untouched? information feature can be
more efficient for facilities that have invested in other dust- busting
workflow technologies.

The DIGITAL ICE tri-level output defect matte and dirt/scratch utilities are
included in Version 2.0. These features offer a first level in-scanner
correction option for less significant defects.

?This advanced technology is a great example of how the convergence of film
and digital postproduction are serving the art form,? Snyder adds. ?We are
committed to exploring new frontiers in imaging technologies that serve the
needs of our customers in the motion picture industry.?

KODAK DIGITAL ICE Technology Version 2.0 is available to current licensed
scanner partners for integration during the first quarter of 2007. Scanner
manufacturers should be contacted directly for additional information.

?Various downstream software and hardware applications have been tailored to
work specifically with the DIGITAL ICE output matte,? Snyder says. ?Version
2.0 has been fine-tuned for optimal integration with those applications.?
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