The following article is a guest author contribution from Martin Tlaskal. Martin is the lead developer on Baselight for Avid and one of the original Baselight developers, when the product started its life as an internal grading tool at The Computer Film Company in London.
After more than four months of testing by almost 300 beta testers, we’ve finally released the Windows version of Baselight for Avid. We’re really pleased with how it has turned out and by the response we’ve had so far — nothing is more rewarding than seeing your product used to enhance real shows and benefit customers.
In connection with the release, we want to showcase a program that was done recently with the Mac version of Baselight for Avid: Hillsborough – Never Forgotten.
“Baselight for Avid allows colorists who are experienced in full Baselight to produce beautiful images directly within Avid.”
Jack Jones graded this moving documentary within Symphony using Baselight for Avid. What makes the workflow so interesting is that it really demonstrates the power of rapid iteration. Being able to constantly tweak the grade within the editing system while the cut was being refined was more efficient than the alternative: conforming and grading outside Avid and constantly rendering and managing new material.
The production also showed that Baselight for Avid allows colorists who are experienced in full Baselight to produce beautiful images directly within Avid. However, the reverse is also true: learning color grading within Baselight for Avid also teaches colorists how to use full Baselight.
“What makes the workflow so interesting is that it really demonstrates the power of rapid iteration.”
We have made a real effort to ensure that the UI and keystrokes all match the full system, so if you learn to make beautiful images within Avid, those same skills can be used in a dedicated suite.
Baselight for Avid is now available for Windows and Mac. Try it out for yourself.
If you have any questions about Baselight, feel free to get in touch with me on Twitter @martintlaskal.