First CLIPSTER® in Middle East: Gulf Film Relies on DVS Technology

Gulf Film, the largest film distributor in the Middle East, has chosen CLIPSTER®, the flagship system of Rohde & Schwarz DVS GmbH (DVS). In the highly sensitive work of DCP creation and processing, Gulf Film utilizes CLIPSTER® as a reliable and advanced solution.

Hanover – In a deal concluded at this year's CABSAT in Dubai, Gulf Film, the region's leading film distributor and exhibitor, has adopted CLIPSTER®, DVS's flagship DI workstation. For the first time, CLIPSTER® will be responsible for creating Digital Cinema Packages (DCPs) in the Middle East.

As CLIPSTER® can perform high-speed DCI Mastering processes, Gulf Film can now generate and process DCPs faster and more efficiently than ever. In doing so, all DI steps – which are typically spread across multiple products – can be created in one system. Thanks to the direct preview and test option, CLIPSTER® lets users directly view and check DCPs created either on the system itself or on other systems. The DI workstation also lets professionals at Gulf Film edit films online, convert them into various output formats and perform color corrections. At the same time, CLIPSTER® handles all resolutions, whether SD, HD, 2K or 4K.

On top of this decisive flexibility, Gulf Film also benefits from CLIPSTER's extremely fast render pipeline that considerably accelerates their complex decoding and encoding steps. The DCI validation tool makes DCI workflows more user-friendly. CLIPSTER® features extensive, easy-to-use DCP test functions enabling DCPs not only to be verified to ensure they comply with all DCI standards, but also to see if they can be played back on popular DCI players. Furthermore, the Gulf Film editors can make selective changes to every DCP validation parameter in CLIPSTER® to suit their respective test procedures.

Thanks to DVS's own hardware processing, the creation of the final DCPs that, as a standard, are encoded as JPEG2000 files is carried out in double real-time speed. The built-in KDM management and spec validation tools ensure that DCPs sent across the country or across the world will provide reliable playback and faithful picture reproduction.

Alain Baradhi, Digital Lab Manager at Gulf Film: "For us, CLIPSTER® excels thanks to its considerable flexibility and openness and by smoothly integrating into our workflows. We are enthusiastic about the system's speed and reliability and are happy to make another mark in our region by implementing new DVS equipment."

Stefan Albertz, Product Manager at DVS: "We are delighted that we can announce Gulf Film as an extraordinary DVS reference in the Middle East. Again, CLIPSTER® successfully plays its role as a pioneer and demonstrates the ease of processing DCPs."

About Gulf Film: Gulf Film is the largest film distribution company in the Middle East and parent company to Grand Cinemas, the region's largest chain of cinemas. Established in 1989 and recently acquired by Qatar Media Services, Gulf Film sub-distributes Paramount and Universal titles for Four Star Films in the Gulf territories; is the Middle East distributor for Studio Canal, Europa Corp, IM Global, Relativity Media and Voltage to name a few; and in partnership with Eagle Films and Jaguar Film, distributes Lionsgate, Nu Image and Summit Entertainment titles. An industry leader for over two decades, Gulf Film distributes over 150 titles per annum.

About Rohde & Schwarz DVS GmbH: For more than 25 years, Rohde & Schwarz DVS GmbH has been very successful in the professional film, video post production and broadcast markets. The specially developed and manufactured hardware and software are applied to the production of popular TV series, Hollywood blockbusters and in Digital Cinema. CLIPSTER® was the first system in the world to make real-time 4K processing possible. The future-proof Media Production Hub VENICE offers a flexible solution for modern, file-based workflows in broadcast environments. At NAB 2013, VENICE won the Broadcast Engineering Pick Hit Award.

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