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Hollywood Post Alliance Announces Engineering Excellence, Judges Award Winners

MACOM, NVIDIA and the Wohler/Cinnafilm joint venture will receive the Hollywood Post Alliance’s Engineering Excellence Award, the org announced Tuesday.

The HPA also named its Judges Award honorees: American Society of Cinematographers: Color Decision List (ASC CDL) and DigitalFilm Tree.

The Engineering Excellence Award “spotlights companies and individuals who draw upon technical and creative ingenuity and apply it to real world post production demands while raising the profile of breakthrough technologies.”

MACOM will receive the honor for its 12G-SDI Chipset, a line of products that enable 4K video production, and can support 4K res0lution at 60 frames per second over a single coaxial cable or optical fiber.

NVIDIA is recognized for its Visual Computing Appliance, with Iray digital rendering solution and graphic processing units that help filmmakers, animators and artists create “interactive photorealistic digital 3D models and scenes.”

The Wohler/Cinnafilm joint venture’s Tachyon Wormhole drew the honor for the partnership, for its “file-based Retiming and Standards Transcoding solution which leverages commodity enterprise hardware to deliver content based on time or standards requirements.”

The HPA Judges Award for Creativity and Innovation in Post Production recognizes “companies and individuals who have demonstrated excellence, whether in the development of workflow and process to support creative storytelling and/or technical innovation,” and is selected by a jury of industry experts and peers.

The ASC CDL, a free format of exchange for primary color grading information that helps creatives maintain intent through all stages of a production and across facilities and vendors, receives the honor for enabling industry professionals to “set the look of a shot via system-independent primary color corrections communicated as metadata from on-set through dailies and post.”

DigitalFilm Tree’s Cloud Post Workflow Initiative ProStack is recognized for providing the “capacity and bandwidth needed to manage the entire post process – high-end color correction, VFX and DI workflows – into a scalable solution.”

The awards will be presented at the ninth annual HPA Awards Gala on Nov. 6 at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles.

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