Qube Cinema has installed its XP-I server and Xi 4K integrated media block (IMB) in Super Star Power Productions’ new 4K DI suite in Los Angeles. The combination postproduction facility and theatre offers a seamless 4K pipeline from review of uncompressed 4K image files taken directly from 4K cameras, through colour grading at 4K, to the Qube XP-I server and Xi IMB and projected via Barco’s new DP4K-P postproduction projector. Hollywood producers and directors of feature films will now be able to review 4K images, colour grade at 4K in real time and generate 4K DCPs for final QC, all from a single 4K projector in a home-like setting.
The beautiful DI suite is powered by a single Qube XP-I server, which is capable of streaming up to 1 Gbps of data, sufficient throughput to support DCPs at a frame rate of 30 fps at 4K or up to 120 fps at 2K. The postproduction version of the Qube Xi 4K IMB has a Quad 3G interface with four 3G-SDI cables that link to a Quantel Pablo Rio colour grading board with 4K output, which then streams uncompressed 4K content directly to the Barco DP4K-P projector.
“The Qube server and 4K IMB allow us to have immediate comparisons and precise quality control of all content,” says Will Holman, owner of SSPP. “We can be colour grading at 4K one minute and the next we can review the 4K DCP that we mastered with QubeMaster Pro. There’s no card to swap out, no cables to switch. It’s seamless and simple.”