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Discreet announces first SGI Tezro Workstation customer in Asia Pacific region



Australian post-production facility Oasis Post upgrades its flame visual effects system to High Definition with all new platform

Discreet, a division of Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADSK), today announced that Oasis Post, a leading Australian facility based in Adelaide, has become the first company in the Asia Pacific region to purchase an SGI Tezro visual workstation.
Oasis Post has upgraded its Discreet flame visual effects and compositing system to High Definition (HD) capability with the new Tezro workstation, and also added a Discreet smoke editing and finishing system.
The SGI Tezro visual workstation is an innovative, high-performance workstation platform that sets a new bar for desktop performance and reliability for visualisation, multiprocessing, and digital media.
Tezro is powered by up to four MIPS processors in an advanced high-bandwidth architecture leveraged from the SGI 3000 family of high-performance supercomputers and delivers industry-leading visualisation, digital media, and I/O connectivity on the desktop.
"Tezro represents a major leap in computing power and I am delighted to provide the first system in Asia Pacific to Oasis Post so they can take advantage of this new platform, said David Edgar, Regional Manager - Australia, Discreet.
Since opening its doors in 1996 Oasis Post, part of the Kojo Group, has more than quadrupled in size. It now offers five high-end suites, and completes a wide range of project work, including TVCs, features, documentaries and DVDs.
There are several things that set Discreet gear apart, said Marty Pepper, Partner and flame Artist, Oasis Post. The quality of its image handling and the fact that the flame is a known product worldwide make it the best choice for both TVC and film clients. Often you only need to mention that you have a flame and clients will immediately realise that youre a serious post house.
Pepper, and his business partner/Editor Dale Roberts initially set out to upgrade the currently installed flame. However, while in discussion with Discreet, they also decided to take advantage of an upgrade offer for editing systems by purchasing a smoke system as well.
The smoke system will fit perfectly into our facility, said Roberts. The flame has been Oasis Posts flagship for 5 years, and we wanted another high-end suite that harnessed a lot of flames power but was also a great editing tool. We looked at competitors products, but there was no comparison. A smoke system will give us high-end finishing, it will compliment the flame, provide 4:4:4 uncompressed SD, and it has the ability to upgrade to HD when we need to.
I come from a background of using other editing products, so it was a major decision to move to Discreet for our finishing solutions, continued Roberts.
Oasis Post is expecting to build on its international feature film work, which has included work for two features directed by Australian Scott Hicks Hearts in Atlantis and Snow Falling on Cedars. The company also attracts TVC work from across Australia and SE Asia.
In house production company, Kojo, shoots almost entirely in HD, and although much of Oasis Posts work is played out as SD, its artists and editors appreciate the bonus of working with HD material. The company is the only South Australian post facility to offer HD acquisition, editing, effects and finishing.
About Discreet
Discreet empowers media professionals to realize the visual experience and transform their most evocative and ambitious visions into reality. Discreet's award-winning solutions are designed for digital media creation, management and deliveryacross all disciplines from film and television visual effects, colour grading and editing to animation, game development, web/interactive, and design visualization. Discreet is based in Montreal, Quebec and is a division of Autodesk, Inc., the world's leading design and digital media creation, management, and distribution company. Product and corporate information: www.discreet.com.
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