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"can anyone corroborate ken?"
Yes! We use RSQ at Framestore in conjunction with Pogle.
The use of a cursor for selecting key region makes it very h/s/l
accurate, and the "cyber shapes" masks come in square,triangle,circle
and octagon These masks/windows can be manipulated by adding or moving
points, rotated etc. and can be plotted during action to "morph" from
one shape into another, from one position to another, with selection
or output(grading) changes added. 32 layers may sound a lot but I
often use 3-4 for each key to ramp off the grade, this allows for
grads or other luminance changes to be made without perceptible
edges,(also edges of keys can be made hard or soft).
The RSQ can also read e.d.l's of up to 400 events making
mastergrading extremely fast. Recalling grades from earlier/later in
the list gives you a choice of any number of layers to any destination
with or without masks/selection/output/edges.You can grade the entire
picture on one layer by selecting all, and copy this layer to a
second,3rd,4th.. layer, allowing you to do multiple grades instead of
using "notes" in pogle to store 2nd pass grades. Sometimes we use it
as a legalising clip or to put 1.66, 1.85 masks on. As it has its own
destination on the router we can do two grades at the same time, one
from pogle, one from RSQ,(if you can ever get 2 vtr's at the same
It reads time code/frame info from TK or from vtr and can be switched
from 24,25,30fps etc.
With a Platinum/ESRx8 I would expect to use it less often.
"Where does it sit in suite?"
Physically speaking infront of me, routingly speaking anywhere.
Can't think of any more except that it impresses the pants off most
clients; probably hasn't caught on because you don't miss what you
haven't had, and it takes a bit of time to get fast on.
Oh yes, it has a nice effect called psyche where R,G and B can be
swapped around to produce wacky looks, great for promos and idents.
Can also do limited "K-scope","pearly whites" effect, but I've got
My spell checker tells me that "routingly" is an Americanism, and
apparently Americanism is also an Americanism...must be my mother's
roots coming through.
Russell Square was sadly given it's name when Video Engineering's
offices were in russell square, London.
I hope some this makes sence.......