L’espace Vision adds FilmLight grading and high-speed media server


Tokyo post house L’espace Vision is marking its 30th anniversary by adding a
powerful grading suite from FilmLight. As well as a Baselight TWO workstation, with
the new version 5.0 software, it is adding the 160TB FLUX Store post-production data
server, designed to stream media throughout the facility, as well as providing
additional support with its rendering and data management capabilities.

L’espace Vision provides services from set to final deliverables for movies, television
series and commercials. Just recently, the group expanded their services and added a
new production company, L’espace Film. The new facility’s high-end grading suite will
integrate into a complete workflow from pre-visualisation and dailies, based around
the Baselight BLG file format.

“We’ve experienced all grading and mastering solutions at L’espace Vision. But
Baselight is the only system today that is evolving the core of colour correction,’ said
Masahiro Nagashima, Colourist and Flame artist, who led the project for the new
grading suite. “We are expecting a real competitive edge from the comprehensive BLG
workflow, from Prelight ON-SET through to Baselight in post.’

He also pointed to power of the new version 5.0 software, which brings a completely
new approach to grading. “Automatic colour space conversion is one of its notable
features,’ he said. “Base Grade also allows users to control primary grading in five
areas. I believe that Baselight will become widespread in Japanese commercial post in
the near future.’

“Over time, we’ve had multiple constructive visits and talks with FilmLight’s CEO and
his team about introducing Baselight in our facility,’ added Hitoyuki “Jin’ Suzuki, CEO
of L’espace Vision. “I personally recognise that Baselight is now the most excellent
grading system, and now is the time to bring it to our clients.’

The new installation – which will open on 2 November 2017, 30 years to the day since
the company was founded – includes a Baselight TWO workstation with 80TB of local
storage. It also includes the FilmLight FLUX Store modular storage, with a further
160TB of storage, protected by Baselight’s distinctive RAID 60 system.

FLUX Store is a high-speed media store designed specifically for the broad demands of
post-production. It provides a cloud of hub storage for the complete post
environment, but because it also incorporates multi-GPU rendering capabilities, it can
be used to hand off major rendering tasks, and for ingest of raw camera footage.

“We have had to develop high-speed, high-resilience storage and streaming to
support our colourists who expect real-time performance even in HDR 4K,’ said
Wolfgang Lempp, founder and CEO of FilmLight. “FLUX Store is a natural extension of
that technology, combined with our goal of seamless, collaborative workflow from set
to delivery, using the best FilmLight and third party tools.’