Latest version of MTI Film’s
all-in-one dailies solution includes the CORTEX Manifest,   a new way to maintain media and metadata
coherence from set through post.

will debut CORTEX Dailies v 1.5, the latest version of its
groundbreaking all-in-one dailies solution at NAB 2014. The new software
includes a variety of upgrades designed to make it faster and easier to copy,
color, sync and transcode camera files on-set, near-set and in post-production
facilities. It also includes the CORTEX Manifest, a new and innovative tool for
managing media and metadata from the set through delivery.
New features of CORTEX Dailies v 1.5 include Copy &
Verify, a new integrated tool for fast, fully-managed offloading of camera
files from camera cards to both local storage and external backups and
archives. The copy tool supports multiple simultaneous copy jobs that all run
in the background, allowing the operator to complete other onset processes,
such as Color. MD5 checksums are generated during the copy without any
impact on copy speed.

Other improvements include a revamped UI for easier clip and
file navigation, improved debayering for Sony RAW files, support for
DNxHD/QuickTime format,4K monitoring, and support for Blackmagic Design cards
for SDI output. CORTEX Dailies Enterprise Edition also includes a new algorithm
for high quality resizing to and from any resolution, including up-resing
existing media to UHD.
CORTEX Dailies v 1.5 introduces the CORTEX Manifest to
address a long-held pain point for on-set and distributed dailies processing.
This sidecar file records all media files that have been copied and verified,
as well as all color, sync and other dailies metadata. The Manifest can be
exported as lightweight XML to be passed from set to post and back, along with
the media files. This allows for data discrepancy reporting and reconciliation,
along with error-proof communication of color metadata.
“The CORTEX Manifest separates the data from the camera negative
file so that it can be used in a non-destructive way,” says MTI Film Product
Manager JD Vandenberghe. “Data can be relinked to the file at any later point
and all of the work that has been done will be present.”
Vandenberghe adds that the Manifest file can be stored on a network
or in the cloud so that it is readily available all parties involved in
a production regardless of location. “Keeping files in sync is no problem, even
when the set is in one city, the near-set facility is in a second city and the
post house is in a third,” he explains. “When color is applied at a post house,
the operator can send the Manifest file back to the set so they can enjoy the
color there.”
The CORTEX Manifest is stored in an open XML file format in
order to encourage other developers to support the format and create new
features. CORTEX Dailies v 1.5 will be available for general release following
NAB and comes standard on the new CORTEX CarryOn turnkey appliance for on-set
dailies and media management. A beta version of the software is currently in
use on the television series Longmire.
For users who are new to the CORTEX family of products, MTI
Film is now offering enhanced education and training options. Small group
training sessions will be held once a month in MTI’s Los Angeles facility
and now offers additional self-directed learning resources,
including tutorial videos, product manuals and white papers, and the upcoming
rollout of a new user forum.
At NAB 2014, MTI Film will demonstrate CORTEX Dailies v 1.5
and other products at Booth SL15510.
About MTI Film LLC
Since 1997 MTI Film has provided award winning software
applications to the post-production industry with a focus on technology for
digital film restoration and digital dailies.  MTI Film has fostered
strong ties with our customers and an in-house services arm to provide
real-world, real-time development experience.  Newly added to the product
line is CORTEX::Dailies and CORTEX::Convey, the next generation solution for a
complete dailies workflow from set to delivery that includes tools to Play, Color,
Sync, and Transcode to all popular media formats. With Correct DRS™ and Control
Dailies Enterprise rounding out the product line, MTI Film offers the most
advanced, efficient and user-friendly applications on the market.

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