Roundabout, a California-based post-production facility, has purchased a Rio 4K online editing, colour, and finishing tool from SAM for editorial and restoration work on multiple films.
Craig Price, senior DI editor at Roundabout, said that the decision to purchase Rio came easily given the company’s recent involvement with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) and his experience with Quantel products. “I’ve been doing a lot of 4K work for AMPAS, which now handles a lot of restoration of old features in 4K. With Rio, we get really sophisticated features that make our jobs a lot easier. Rio’s toolset has an intuitive layout, which saves us a lot of time.”
Roundabout, which specialises in audio, syndication, closed captioning, restoration, and feature film DI, has already put its Rio to use on several 4K projects, one of which is an indie film called Feed, which involved creating titles that appeared hand drawn. There will be more film work in the future. Roundabout’s CEO, Craig Clark, said, “Our commitment to feature film work continues to grow. We’ve just added two new large DI theatres and three additional colour bays for a total of eight. We also have a fifth sound stage currently under construction at our Burbank facility.”
SAM’s Rio is a complete colour editing and finishing tool for HD, UHD, 4K, and 8K projects. Its integrated toolset keeps the whole job in the suite and fully integrates with today’s file-based workflows.