Berlinale creates fast digital workflow for film festival screenings

Rohde & Schwarz provided the key components of the digital workflow at the Berlinale 2018 film festival to ensure around 1,100 movies were shown on time, in extremely high quality.

Berlinale 2018
Berlinale 2018

For the sixth time in a row, Rohde & Schwarz supported the 68th edition of the Berlinale in 2018 with their innovative solutions. The R&S CLIPSTER mastering station and the R&S SpycerBox Cell storage unit from Rohde & Schwarz merged smoothly into the film presentation workflow. Thanks to efficient procedures, the moving pictures were projected onto the screen reliably and with extremely high quality.

The Munich-based company supported the film festival with three R&S CLIPSTER mastering solutions and the reliable R&S SpycerBox Cell storage unit. The systems located in the Colt Technology Services data processing centre were key elements of the Berlinale’s digital workflow. The R&S CLIPSTER quickly and reliably generated extreme high-quality digital cinema packages (DCP) for the screenings.

About 1,100 films in total were shown at the Berlinale, including the European Film Market screenings. The R&S SpycerBox Cell buffered the video files, enabling the R&S CLIPSTER to quickly and efficiently process the enormous data volumes. The mastering station supports a variety of video formats, allowing previously digitized films to be quickly converted and processed. In addition, the mastering station generates high-quality DCPs faster than in realtime. Last-minute adjustments, such as subtitle changes, are also easy to make.

Posted by Chris Dickinson, technology journalist and editor of the Always On blog. July 19, 2018.