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Park Road Post chose the Dolby Professional Reference Monitor to deliver color accuracy, image consistency, and the ability to perfectly match the digital projection environment.
Dave Hollingsworth explains why Park Road chose the Dolby Professional Reference Monitor.
Park Road Post Production is a premier postproduction facility in Wellington, New Zealand. Developed by filmmakers for filmmakers, Park Road offers a relaxing and inspiring environment for filmmakers to realize their vision.
Park Road was established as a one-stop shop, with an on-site film laboratory adjoining the picture and sound departments. Park Road is uniquely placed to supply all post services for a feature—from digital and film rushes, stereoscopic alignment, digital intermediate, Foley, and sound mixing through to the final completion of all film and digital deliverables for distribution. Visit the Park Road website.
Park Road needed a Grade 1 reference monitor that could both perfectly match a DCI P3 digital projector and support high-frame-rate workflows.
"When looking for a Grade 1 monitor replacement, we had a few specific things we needed," said David Hollingsworth, former Head of Picture/Senior Colorist at Park Road. "One was that we spend a lot of time grading in P3 color space now. We were looking for a monitor that truly matches our projection, our DI theatres. And another one is obviously the interest in high frame rate."
At Park Road, projects often move among various rooms in the facility and can't always be displayed on a projector in the digital intermediate theatre. So the colorist needs confidence in a Grade 1 reference monitor that can be perfectly calibrated to match the projector.
The Dolby® Professional Reference Monitor satisfied all of Park Road's requirements for a Grade 1 monitor, delivering the confidence of color accuracy, image consistency, and the ability to perfectly match the digital projection environment. The Dolby PRM gave the colorist the ability to accurately view high-frame-rate content throughout the facility.
"The Dolby PRM gives us complete confidence in what we're seeing onscreen," Hollingsworth said. "We have complete confidence that what we are doing and the subtleties that we are introducing are actually going to be replicated later on, and that it's a perfect representation of what we see in the DI theatres and final DCP output."
Head of Picture/Senior Colorist, Park Road Post Production
The Dolby Professional Reference Monitor, recipient of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences 2012 Primetime Emmy® Award for Outstanding Achievement in Engineering Development, offers a new standard for critical viewing applications.
The Dolby Professional Reference Monitor PRM-4220 renders true black levels, highly accurate dark detail, and the most precise colors at all luminance levels, in all formats and frame rates. The backlight is an array of red, green, and blue LEDs, modulated individually on a frame-by-frame basis to provide full accuracy of blacks, color, and grayscale. The LCD panel is also modulated in real time as part of the dual-modulation process. It's the first monitor to accurately display the full latitude of today's high-end digital cameras.
True blacks, superb dark detail, and extended dynamic range make the Dolby Professional Reference Monitor the first viable CRT replacement solution for color-critical work.
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