The Next Generation of Metadata Capture for Film and Digital SystemsThe /i Squared Technology system (patent pending) will build on the capabilities of Cooke’s /i Technology, metadata system.
The newest functions provide inertial tracking data in addition to lens metadata to be used by applications such as matchmoving and 3D camera tracking. The position and orientation data, in addition to the lens data will help VFX teams to better deal with common issues like occlusions, fast camera motion (motion blur) and other known challenges associated with fast paced camera motions typical of today’s cinema style. Inertial tracking, now part of /i Squared Technology, will help achieve these robust results by providing refined motion sensor data as links to PFTrack’s sophisticated algorithms for better feature matching and solved 3D camera tracking under such conditions.
Les Zellan, Chairman and Owner, Cooke Optics, said, “We’ve been talking for a long time with our friends at Codex and The Pixel Farm about how we could improve both the physical and digital capabilities of /i Technology in order to further assist VFX teams - for instance, to help them solve difficult tracking shots. “
/i Technology has received wide support in the industry from companies who are adopting /i Technology within their own products, including Avid, Sony, ARRI, Thales Angenieux, Codex, The Pixel Farms and RED
Michael Lancaster, Managing Director, The Pixel Farm, said, “Having assisted Cooke in the development of /i Technology and subsequently being an early adopter of the technology, it is incredibly exciting for us to be a partner in a technological advancement that will really benefit and push forward post production.“
Marc Dando, Managing Director, Codex, said, "Codex has been on the leading edge of capturing and distributing metadata for many years. Lens data can be so valuable in post production and we need to ensure that this data is carried through from camera through to post and VFX."
The new /i Squared Technology system will be backward compatible with Cooke’s current /i Technology software. An inexpensive upgrade will be available for existing Cooke /i lenses. Cooke lenses with the new /i Squared Technology will be available in 2014.