Marlborough MA (March 5, 2010)--Sirk Productions edited and sound designed the documentary feature, Severe Clear, using Media 100 Suite.
Severe Clear is a documentary based on the memoir by First Lieutenant Mike Scotti as well as video footage shot by him and other members of 1st Battalion, 4th Marines on the outset of the 2003 invasion of Iraq. The film premiered at the 2009 SXSW Film Festival and was awarded a Special Mention for Cinematic Excellence at the 2009 Rome International Film Festival. It is opening in theaters in New York and Los Angeles this month.
Severe Clear was constructed from combat footage from multiple sources and formats, ranging from Hi8 to MiniDV,that was never intended for a film. Sirk Productions used a KONA 3 card to acquire the footage with Media 100 Suite and upconvert from SD to HD.
Sirk Productions made use of Media 100 Suite's audio mixing features for Severe Clear. With Media 100 Suite, editors can assign multiple audio tracks to virtual buses and process each bus separately in the timeline. Perez noted, "Media 100's audio features provide a level of functionality comparable to dedicated audio workstations."
Sirk Productions uses Media 100 Suite's codec support, regularly using DVCPRO HD, DV, ProRes 422 HQ, and Media 100 HD codecs on their timelines. In addition, compatibility with Apple Final Cut Pro allows Sirk Productions to integrate with other facilities.
A Media 100 customer since 1998, Sirk Productions is currently using two Media 100 Suite systems for television shows, corporate videos, commercials and films. "Media 100 is the most reliable and easy-to-use editing system in the industry," commented Marc Perez, president, Sirk Productions. "Its rock-solid stability and intuitiveness allow for an extremely efficient workflow."
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