[Tig] Digital Intermediate Book

Bob Friesenhahn bfriesen
Fri Oct 28 22:45:25 BST 2005

After a seemingly endless wait, I am now the proud owner of the book 
"Digital Intermediates for Film and Video" by Jack James.  I was not 
sure to expect from this book, but I must say that it surpasses my 
expectations.  The main gripes I have about the book is that most of 
the photos in the book are in black and white rather than color, and 
of course the book deserves to be offered in hard-cover.

I have been aware of the DPX file format for several years. In March 
of this year I was coming up for air after completely re-writing 
GraphicsMagick's TIFF support.  Flush with success, I looked for 
something similar that I could do which would address new requirements 
while leveraging what already exists in GraphicsMagick.  Proper 
support for the obscure SMPTE DPX file format seemed like just the 
ticket.  I thought that maybe it would take about a month to 
implement.  At the end of April I thought that the DPX support was 
almost complete.  Apparently I was wrong since several re-writes 
later, I am still investigating the dark corners of DPX. 
Understanding DPX requires understanding Digital Intermediate for both 
film and video.

As an industry outsider I did not know what I was getting myself into. 
I have learned quite a lot over these past months.  Armed with this 
wonderful new book, I will learn much more about the DI process and 
better understand where GraphicsMagick can address requirements and 
better fit into the world of Digital Intermediates.

Bob Friesenhahn
bfriesen at simple.dallas.tx.us, http://www.simplesystems.org/users/bfriesen/
GraphicsMagick Maintainer,    http://www.GraphicsMagick.org/

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