Digital Pictures’ mobile on set Data Carts have recently been used on three high-profile productions including Screentime’s upcoming Brothers in Arms; season two of Channel Seven’s Winners & Losers (both shot on the Arri Alexa cameras); the epic 3D stereo documentary by James Cameron, Deep Sea Challenge; and is about to be used on the television version of the cult classic novel, Puberty Blues from Southern Star Entertainment.
Coined the RANGER Data Cart, it is designed to manage a production’s digital rushes in a mobile or remote location in one efficient data management system.
Either on set, or based with editorial, the Data Cart does everything from card offload, secure back-ups to LTO data tape and data integrity check, through to transcoding, colour management and applying a LUT for editorial delivery.
True to its name the RANGER Data Cart is managed by Digital Pictures’ experienced technicians and travels anywhere.
With more and more productions using digital cameras Digital Pictures has tailored the cart to work with multiple camera formats both on 2D and 3D projects, from the Alexa, Red Epic, and Canon D5.
From inner-city Melbourne on Channel Seven’s Winners and Losers to an urban war in Milperra in Western Sydney on Network TEN soon to be aired Brothers in Arms, the DP RANGER Data Cart has seen some serious action.
Louisa Kors, Producer on Screentime's Brothers in Arms said "Brothers in Arms utilised the RANGER Data Cart for our recent shoot. It was a fast and reliable way to process our daily rushes for editorial. Having the data cart with us meant that we had more control over the process, yet still had the expertise and back up support of Digital Pictures. The mobility of the cart meant that we had the option to use the cart on site, making the whole process both speedy and efficient, relieving a lot of pressure on production."
Winners and Losers' Post Production Supervisor, Sue Washington also found the carts beneficial, "In season two of Winners & Losers, the production shot on the Alexa so it was a perfect match to use the Digital Pictures’ RANGER Data Cart. It allowed us to have a great tapeless pipeline with rushes and post working as one".
Sarah Cloutier, Digital Pictures’ General Manager Melbourne concluded “The Digital Pictures’ RANGER provides a flexible and secure workflow solution for productions using digital cameras. They can work on set or feed directly into editorial to save the downtime of double-handling data. The RANGER is modular and can be up-scaled with additional features added, dependent on the requirements of the project. We can tailor a solution for any sized production whether the project is 2D or 3D stereoscopic.”
Stay tuned for news on the adventures of the Digital Pictures’ Data Cart used on National Geographic’s explorer-in-residence, James Cameron’s 3D documentary, Deep Sea Challenge.
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Sarah Cloutier - General Manager Melbourne
Marcus Bolton - Head of Post Production Sydney