Magazine article American Cinematographer

Cooke/i Datalink

Magazine article American Cinematographer

Cooke/i Datalink

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Cooke Optics Ltd. has introduced the Cooke/i Datalink, which records camera data for use in post. It enables effects- and digital-intermediate artists to create more accurate, better-looking visual effects and saves significant time in the post process.

The Cooke/i Datalink is a small box that mounts easily to any camera and records the focus, zoom and iris settings of each take from Cooke's S4/i lenses or any i-enabled lens, all synced to time code. The data is recorded on a Secure Digital (SD) card, storing settings as metadata to pass along to post teams. The workflow has been developed in conjunction with U.K.-based company The Pixel Farm, whose tracking software, PFTrack 4.0, fully supports the /i Datalink technology. When used in conjunction with PFTrack, artists are able to sync the lens data to the 3-D camera data and therefore produce with greater speed a 3-D model that is more accurate.

Cinematographer Devon Dickson has been working with Cooke and The Pixel Farm to test the use of the /i Datalink and PFTrack software as an end-to-end workflow. He recently shot a test project using an Arri 435 with a Cooke S4/i 15-40mm T2. …

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