The Digital Dilemma 2
This follow-up report to The Digital Dilemma looks at the issues of digital preservation from the perspective of independent filmmakers, documentarians and nonprofit audiovisual archives.
Through the work of the Council's Advanced Technology Programs Subcommittee, the Academy serves as a primary forum for the discussion and research of important technological issues facing the industry. Several projects are currently underway that tap the knowledge and experience of leading technology and process experts, from both inside and outside the industry, in the fields of color science, imaging science, large-scale data storage systems and other core areas.
The Digital Motion Picture Archive Framework Project is a multi-year collaborative effort to investigate and address key issues in long-term preservation of and access to digital motion pictures.
New solid state lighting (SSL) technologies for motion picture production promise better power efficiency, reduced weight and size, and more creative flexibility than is offered by the incandescent, fluorescent, HMI and Xenon devices commonly used today. However, the Science and Technology Council's ongoing research has found that these benefits are accompanied by color reproduction challenges that filmmakers should consider before they integrate SSL into their lighting toolkit.
The Academy Color Encoding System (ACES), the product of a years-long, industry-wide collaboration under the auspices of the Science and Technology Council, is a standardized architecture and supporting tools for high-fidelity digital motion picture imagery. Addressing the industry's growing concerns about digital preservation and the future needs of the world's most visionary filmmakers, ACES is paving the way for expanded creative choices, precisely controlled color management and archive-ready digital masters.
New software technology designed to enable color transforms in digital imaging pipelines is currently available from the Academy under an open source license. A portable and platform-independent scripting language and interpreter, the Color Transformation Language or “CTL” addresses an industry need to precisely describe and share color transforms used in motion picture mastering.