Pie Town Productions, a TV production company specializing in reality and documentary programming, has replaced all of its editing facilities with Pinnacle CineWave RT Pro, according to Pinnacle Systems Inc. CineWave RT Pro is a combination of Apple’s Final Cut Pro editing software, the TARGA Cine video processing and effects engine, and Pinnacle tools for compositing, effects, and painting.
Pie Town is using the systems to produce programming for Paramount Domestic Television, MTV Networks, The Food Network, and Home and Garden Television. The production firm switched to Cinewave RT Pro after a nine-month experiment in which they used Final Cut Pro with CineWave side-by-side with their legacy systems.
“The experiment went well enough that when decision time came in December, several of my editors confided in me that they would prefer to continue cutting with Final Cut Pro rather than go back to the old system,” Scott Templeton, partner and executive producer at Pie Town, said. “That was the moment that we knew the experiment was a success and it was time to fully convert the facility to Final Cut Pro.”
Pie Town connected its original eight CineWave RT Pro systems to a Rorke Galaxy 60 storage area network (SAN) using 2GB Fibre Channel. The SAN included 3 JBOD chassis each sporting over 1 terabyte of storage. Also, Pie Town recently replaced their other non-linear edit systems with eight more CineWave RT Pro systems and added three more JBODs of storage to their SAN.
CineWave was recently updated for compatibility with Mac OS X 10.2 (“Jaguar”). The update includes 13 new real-time transitions, OS X optimized drivers, the ability to view 24p SD footage on a standard NTSC monitor running 29.97 fps, and more. Pricing and update info can be found at the Pinnacle Systems Web site.