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Cooke Optics Upgrade Lens Data Controls

Posted on Jun 2, 2010 by Definition Magazine

Cooke 5/i lensCooke Optics Ltd  today announced that a set of new functions has been added to its /i Technology protocol for users of Cooke 5i prime lenses, which will provide further lens and camera information to camera operators and post-production teams. 

The new functions allow data to transfer from third party external equipment to the lens, as well as from the lens to the camera, for recording with other metadata information. The combined data stream of information, which can then be stored in the camera or on an External Data Source Unit (EDSU), can provide a wide array of relevant data, such as 3D encoder information, details from electronic slates, or metadata from wireless devices such as iPhone apps.

“We’re delighted to be working with Cooke on yet another significant advance in bringing production and post closer together,” said Michael Lancaster, Managing Director of The Pixel Farm, a development partner with Cooke for four years and whose renowned PFTrack software intergrates with Cooke’s /i Technology. “The streamlined transfer of data from the set, lenses and camera into post production makes accurate, high-quality VFX creation easier for everyone involved – cinematographers, VFX supervisors and VFX artists – as well as saving time and therefore money.”

“/i Technology is designed to be open access, and this set of functions takes that a step further,” said Les Zellan, Chairman and Owner, Cooke Optics. “The kind of data you can transfer is user-defined, so you can really record anything relevant or useful to you, as long as it fits into the allowed space – 60 characters with no carriage return.”

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