Indian Film ‘Baahubali: The Beginning’ Rises to the Top

By in Video Editing

In July, film fanatics in India headed to the theaters to see director S.S. Rajamouli’s latest work, a bilingual historic fiction, Baahubali: The Beginning. The film hit new heights, including its release in several languages, an ensemble cast, and being dubbed as the third highest grossing Indian film of all time, with more than $75.8 million in gross ticket revenue.

In the first installment of  this two-part drama, Baahubali: The Beginning, narrates a dispute spanning two generations between brothers Baahubali and Bhallaladeva as they fight for the throne to the Mahishmathi Kingdom.

Director S.S. Rajamouli looked to his childhood to bring the concept of Baahubali to life. “I’ve been telling stories since I was in the 2nd grade, and my storytelling has changed little since,” he said. “I fell in love with stories like Amarachithra Katha comics and the Ramayana and Mahabharata epics when I was a child, and so naturally, as a filmmaker now, I lean toward bringing that magic to the big screen.”

As with the post-production of many films, managing mass amounts of media and cutting film is not always easy. Avid editing solutions played an important role in helping the editing team overcome many hurdles on Baahubali: The Beginning. “Managing the media was a huge hurdle so we had to split the data into four systems and keep the same for a safe backup,” said editor Venkateswara Rao Kotagirivwho worked on the aesthetics. Avid editor, Thammiraju, who handled the workflow on the Avid systems says “We used DNxHD175 codec to overcome the size of the metadata and not compromise on video quality. We had a minimum of 15 layers of video tracks and seven mono tracks on audio, which were exported as 5.1 audio along with the video for the previews.”

This was a whole new playing field for director Rajamouli. “I never had the opportunity to attempt such a large-scale project before. I’m privileged to be working with Arka Media production house, and to be trusted so wholly and freely by my producers. The value and use of visual graphics and computer-generated content is something that I have more faith in than ever before,” he added. The support received by the AMD team in testing and using their 8100 & 9000 dual D700 cards on the Media Composer system for this project was really appreciated.

Sreenivasarao Mamillapalli, Associate Director and Technical lead said “I worked as Associate Director for this movie and handled the key workflows for post-production including the technical aspects of both offline & online editing. We had 4 Media Composer systems working 24/7 for around 600 days with over 16TB of storage allocated to each of the systems.  The final master output was 13TB with an Avid bin size of 6GB. Was great to be involved in this project and work closely with the great team we had.”

“Avid Media Composer has always been the trusted editing solution for the most challenging and complex projects in Hollywood. We are glad to have been chosen as the preferred editing solution for India’s highest grossing movie. We thank Director S.S. Rajamouli and the Bahubali team to have chosen Avid for this project,” said Ranjit Bhatti, Avid Territory Account Manager for India & SAARC.

Congratulations to the production team behind Baahubali: The Beginning! We’re looking forward to seeing part two of this captivating drama.

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