Denis St. Amand with the Brainstorm DCD-8 in the newly remodeled 20th Century Fox Newman Scoring Stage. Photo by David Goggin. Los Angeles, CA (August 14, 2007)–20th Century Fox recently installed Brainstorm DCD-8 Word Clock Distripalyzers with hi-resolution VSG-4 Video Sync Generators in its Newman Scoring Stage. The combination of the DCD-8 and the VSG-4 delivers a complete solution for all sync requirements in the scoring, recording and post-production environment.
“We could not have done Pirates of the Caribbean without the DCD-8,” remarks Denis St. Amand, assistant chief engineer of Fox Studios Operations. He refers to the first project in the newly remodeled Newman Scoring Stage, which now reportedly boasts the world’s largest AMS Neve analogue console. “We needed the Brainstorm units right off the bat. We plugged them in and hit the road running.”
Originally built in the 1930s, the Newman Scoring Stage has hosted recording sessions for some of the most memorable music in Hollywood history. Since the gala 2007 re-opening, Fox has recorded scores for such projects as The Simpsons Movie, Live Free or Die Hard, The Comebacks and Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer.
“The Brainstorms are my primary video sync source,” explains St. Amand. “Nothing else allows me to run with multiple video rigs. We can run with NTSC 59.94, 60Hz Black & White, 50Hz PAL, and even 48Hz slow PAL with 24FPS time code. We also have additional Brainstorms that we use for master clocks for Pro Tools. I can take that off-rate video and feed it into the slave DCD-8 and then generate AES sync or local word clock for Pro Tools to be running at that rate, as well. It is very, very useful. The box is unique in that it does everything at once.”