AJA Ki Pro Quad and Canon C500 Steer 4K Production for 'Atlas Shrugged: Who is John Galt?'


For the final film in the trilogy adaptation of Ayn Rand’s novel – “Atlas Shrugged: Who is John Galt?,” Independent Producers John Aglialoro, Harmon Kaslow and CoProducer Bernie Laramie, together with Director James Manera and Director of Photography Gale Tattersall, set out to facilitate an end-to-end 4K workflow from capture to finish and on through projection. With lofty production goals and a modest budget, Tattersall and Laramie employed the AJA Ki Pro Quad 4K/UltraHD/2K/HD file-based recorder and Canon EOS C500 camera to capture and record more than 40 hours of 4K ProRes 444 footage shot across Downtown Los Angeles and Malibu over the course of 17 days.

“I loved how easy it was to use the Ki Pro Quad and was impressed by how well it worked with the C500, as well as the quality of the resulting footage,” Tattersall noted. Laramie added, “AJA really knocked it out of the park with the Quad. Throughout the entire production, it never missed a single beat and was 100 percent reliable; that’s invaluable to me as a producer, because I can’t afford to lose time.”

After wrapping each day, the production team removed the AJA Pak solid state drives from the Ki Pro Quad and uploaded the footage across Thunderbolt via the AJA Pak Dock drive reader to a Light Iron OUTPOST system for on-set dailies and synchronization with .wav files recorded by the sound department. On Set Digital Imaging Technician Rafel Montoya reviewed the footage, applied a standard LUT from Log to Lin and completed color correction. The on-set OUTPOST system transcoded the files to Avid DNX 115 for editorial and H.264, which was uploaded to their Mediasilo.com online account for streaming dailies. Editor Tony Ciccone, working in Avid® Media Composer® 7, along with Boris and Sapphire plug-ins, cut the film. Once the picture was locked, the original 4K ProRes 4444 files were conformed from an Avid list at Light Iron and color corrected in 4K on a Quantel Pablo Rio, which utilizes AJA’s powerful Corvid Ultra hardware for real-time 4K finishing workflows. read more...

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