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Rohde & Schwarz CLIPSTER used to master Oscar winning Parasite

Wed 25, 11 2020

Korean film industry tech pioneer, Dexter Studios, works on collaborations with movie financiers and distributors for joint development, including this year’s Oscar winner for ‘Best Movie’ – Parasite. This cutting edge production facility has placed R&S®CLIPSTER at the heart of its digital intermediary (DI) mastering workflows.

Rohde & Schwarz has announced that its CLIPSTER mastering workstations have been used in the final mastering of this year’s Oscar winning movie sensation, Parasite. Having launched its DI business in 2015, Seoul-based Dexter Studios has positioned CLIPSTER at the heart of its image processing workflows within final mastering operations.

Within the Korean film & TV production industry, Dexter Studios is renowned as one of the most creative forces with a reputation for technology innovation. The facility works in content development, production and financing. It has established an IP incubator and OSMU (one source, multi-use) platform in film, animation, VR and AR.

“We operate two CLIPSTER systems in our final mastering phase, the last of the DI workflows,” commented Lee Jae-hun, Technical Supervisor at Dexter Studios. “CLIPSTER plays an integral role here. After color correction, we perform various printing operations according to the client’s needs during the final mastering stage. We create DCP masters for theater screenings and IMF delivery for Netflix delivery.

“CLIPSTER is safer and faster than other software-based systems. It can print various different outputs at high speed. Frequently, we use the CLIPSTER batch export function, which has a significant beneficial impact on the efficiency of our team,” Lee Jae-hun added. “CLIPSTER’s development program is a major plus. Whenever SMPTE bring out new specifications CLIPSTER is there first. Today, there are many OTT service providers and each company seems to need a different format. Generally speaking, third-party mastering equipment – both hardware and software-based – is limited in the formats they make available, but I have never used CLIPSTER and faced this kind of problem.”

“In our core international markets, we see the rapid growth of OTT platforms, especially using HDR content,” remarked Lee Jae-hun. “In this situation, the use of a versatile mastering systems is critical. Dexter Studios will support this change and I think CLIPSTER will be a key element in this process.

“We think that CLIPSTER is a mastering system that takes the lead in introducing a variety of new formats. It is very similar to the business direction of Dexter Studios , where we study and test new technologies and aim to bring them to market first, so Rohde & Schwarz CLIPSTER is a very important partner for Dexter Studio,” Lee Jae-hun concluded.

At its Seoul headquarters in Korea, Dexter Studios has a complete studio system with in-house development, filming and VFX, all integrated within a single production workflow.

The company is regarded as a pioneer in visual effects production services to the international film industry. It has created a center of excellence in pre-visual, match-move, animation and modelling. This outstanding capability made Dexter Studios the natural partner for the production team on Parasite.

Rohde & Schwarz Broadcast & Media

Rohde & Schwarz is a leading technology innovator in broadcast and media for over eight decades. With technology for live studio production, premium post production, playout delivery and distribution Rohde & Schwarz helps creative, operational and technical people make and deliver great programs for great entertainment.

Rohde & Schwarz develops virtualizable, software and hardware solutions for live ingest, transcoding, graphics & branding, master control playout, automation, multiviewing, monitoring, intelligent storage as well as solid state satellite amplifiers and terrestrial transmission for radio, linear television, OTT and VOD. As media people we design for media people and with our engineering prowess and dedication to customer support we know exactly how to make it happen to highest quality. Privately owned and engineering led.

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