AJA Powers Digital Workflow for TNT's "Leverage"

AJA Powers Digital Workflow for TNT's "Leverage"

June 15, 2010

AJA KONA Cards and Converters Support RED Capture to Final Cut Editing Workflow for Director/Producer Dean Devlin’s TV Shows & Films

Grass Valley, CA - AJA Video Systems announced that production and post company Electric Entertainment is using its KONA video capture cards and conversion solutions in an all-digital workflow for the prime-time TV drama “Leverage” as it heads into its third season on TNT. The show, produced by Dean Devlin and starring Timothy Hutton, makes its season three debut on Sunday, June 20, 2010 at 9:00PM Eastern and Pacific time.

“Leverage” is created from start to finish at Dean Devlin’s Electric Entertainment in Hollywood, which houses not only editorial and finishing, a mixing stage and screening room (equipped with 3D capabilities and 5.1 audio) but script writers as well. “Leverage” has used AJA KONA cards since its pilot episode.

The multi-camera show is shot in 4K HD at 23.98 fps using RED digital cameras in Portland, Oregon. Dailies are shipped overnight to LA as RED R3D files, transcoded via RedCine into Apple ProRes 4:2:2 proxy files, and picture is linked to sound. Three editorial teams rotate to cut an episode every seven days (season three comprises 16 episodes) using Apple Final Cut systems running on a 40 TB SAN. All dailies, color correction, mixing and VFX are done in house.

AJA KONA 3 and KONA LHe video capture cards and a host of converters play a key role in the all-digital workflow; AJA converters are used to view signals pulled off camera directly on set, Kona cards accelerate ingest of ProRes files into Final Cut, handle the 24-to-30 frame conversion, and are integrated into all editing and playback systems to monitor post production and color correction.

Electric Entertainment post production engineer Bill Ritter said, “We’ve been working with AJA gear for years. It’s incredibly reliable equipment and we’re really happy with the level of support we get from the company.”

“Leverage” editor Brian Gonosey said, “We’ve been using an all-digital workflow since the very first episode. Once Dean Devlin got a taste of cutting in HD with KONA-enabled ProRes HQ he wondered why anyone would ever cut in SD again. He adopted this workflow for all of his shows and movies and he’s all about taking risks to get to the next great thing. AJA has always supported us in doing that.”

During the off season from “Leverage,” Electric Entertainment took some time to investigate a 3D playback workflow for features and shorts. They beta-tested the version of AJA’s KONA 3 driver that supports 3D stereoscopic output through Cineform’s Neo3D software on an animated 3D short that Devlin created for Cannes, and established the solution as its 3D playback workflow going forward.

About AJA Video Systems, Inc.

Since 1993, AJA Video has been a leading manufacturer of high-quality and cost-effective digital video interface, conversion and Desktop solutions supporting the professional broadcast and post- production markets. With headquarters in Grass Valley, California, AJA maintains an extensive sales channel of dealers and systems integrators around the world. For further information, please see our website www.aja.com.