New version adds improvements for IMF creation, visual effects pulls and more.

HOLLYWOOD— MTI Film has released a new update to CORTEX, its family of products for managing workflows from the set through post-production. CORTEX v5.3.2 includes numerous improvements to performance and user-experience, and streamlines common workflow tasks.

The new release speeds IMF creation by including one-click presets for Netflix, HBO and other deliverables. It also adds several features related to Dolby Vision™ mastering, making it easier to access analysis results and metadata, and to preview content-mapping color.

“We continue to work closely with Dolby Laboratories to make Dolby Vision IMF mastering seamless,” says MTI Randy Reck. “The new version adds an instant preview to check backward compatibility with earlier versions of Dolby Vision.”

Many improvements were suggested by CORTEX users including one that merges Avid EDLs containing VFX markers into Cortex timelines. It reduces the process of preparing VFX pulls to a single step, saving considerable time for editorial assistants. Another time-saving feature allows “one-to-many” concurrent rendering for compositions.

Additional improvements include:

  • SMPTE DCP audio labels automatically assigned
  • Temporal conversions with DNx OP-Atom
  • 12- and 16-bit options for Disney SDR IMF
  • DTS audio files language setting
  • SMPTE B v2.1 extension metadata
  • Photon IMF Validator updated to latest master build
  • Improved playback performance in media player
  • IMF Option includes Display Width/Display Height

“CORTEX v5.3.2 is easier to use for tasks ranging from rendering content through IMF creation,” observes Reck. “We put a lot of thought into simplifying the workflow and we eliminated repetitive steps.”

MTI Film is planning the next major release of CORTEX in 2021.

About MTI Film LLC

MTI Film is a leading provider of software and services to the entertainment industry. Its software division delivers ground-breaking tools for critical post production processes. They include the CORTEX family of products, which offer comprehensive solutions for dailies processing, media management, deliverables and more, and DRS™ NOVA, the industry standard for digital film restoration.

In Hollywood, MTI Film operates a full-service post-production facility, providing dailies, editorial, visual effects, color correction and assembly for film, television and commercials.

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