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Eclaircolor FAQ

Is EclairColor primarily the remastering of a DCP?

The EclairColor digital color solution can be implemented at various stages in the content post-production process. The images are shot as usual, so there is no change at the image capture level. Ideally, EclairColor mastering should be performed with primary files (rushes) to achieve the best results. However, the process can also be implemented at later stages of post-production and will still provide excellent results: remastering from a DSM (Digital Source Master) or DCDM (Digital Cinema Distribution Master) is possible when post has already been done on the “standard” format, and the outcome remains remarkably good.

What is the color grading workflow like?

The EclairColor workflow has been designed so that colorists can work on both versions (standard and EclairColor) simultaneously. The improved color range is largely due to the increased contrast. We always respect the original artistic intent of the film, and operate under the direction of the client.

Do you use specific grading tools?

The EclairColor solution is based on the AMPAS’ ACES workflow, which means it can be implemented with any grading tool on the market. We created a specific ODT (Output Device Transform) to match the customized projector profile.

Who can oversee EclairColor mastering work?

Eclair and Eclair-certified post-production facilities can provide EclairColor post-production services.

What is the source when remastering a film in EclairColor?

Two image masters need to be produced in post-production: one for EclairColor and one for standard screenings (DCI Compliant 2K/4K JPEG 2000). A film can be remastered in EclairColor from color-graded rushes, a DSM or a DCDM. Footage does not need to be shot using a specific camera. All current digital cameras are compatible.

Can EclairColor be achieved from any image files?

Yes, and the results are always very good, but the best results are obtained when grading is done with the original camera files.

What are the main challenges when remastering with EclairColor?

The time required to grade will vary significantly depending on the content itself. The main challenge will be content that includes VFX material, particularly when the VFX quality is not up to EclairColor standards. EclairColor, as with any HDR process, requires higher quality content from VFX operators.

How long does it take to remaster a feature film in EclairColor from a DSM or DCDM?

It varies according to the content but, on average, the EclairColor remastering process (working from a DCDM) for a feature film takes up to 5 days on average.

Are EclairColor DCPs DCI compliant?

EclairColor is not entirely DCI compliant in terms of color encoding. However, it is entirely compliant on all essential levels, such as security and interoperability, so there is no impact on warranties. DCI (Digital Cinema Initiatives) standards were established in 2005 at the start of the digital cinema revolution when digital projection technology was not as sophisticated as it is today. Projection systems’ technical capabilities have evolved significantly since that time.

Does EclairColor use SMPTE DCPs?

Yes, all EclairColor DCPs are SMPTE DCPs that use additional metadata.