MARVINSOFT to launch at NAB 2012

Las Vegas: March 20, 2012… MARVIN Technologies will unveil its software only version of the MARVIN system during the NAB Exhibition, April. 16-19 in Las Vegas. MARVIN provides a simple and reliable workflow and archival asset management system for digital cinematography. In one step, MARVIN automates the creation of backups, LTO tape masters, QuickTime proxies for offline editing and DVD dailies. As a result, MARVIN saves filmmakers, camera owners, and rental houses significant time and expense in comparison with current practices of manually copying and wrangling data.

“MARVIN helps filmmakers become vastly more efficient in the pressure of a real-world production environment,” said Adam Welsh, general manager of MARVIN Technologies. “But more importantly, it removes the nagging concern that data will be lost or corrupted. With MARVIN you can stop worrying and get on with the shoot.”

MARVIN originally supplied as a full robust hardware solution is now available to buy in software only, this utilizes Marvin’s intelligence without being harnessed to specially built hardware, that means that if you are in studio or a moderate environment you can run MARVIN on your PC.

MARVIN was used to generate all dailies and made LTO backups for the recently by MPI media group acquired feature film ‘The Heineken Kidnapping’ to be released fall 2012 in the United States.

Camera Support

MARVIN supports the RED camera’s, Silicon Imaging SI-2K, ARRI D21/Alexa, Panasonic P2, as well as high-speed cameras such as the Vision Research Phantom and Weisscam HS-2.

The MARVIN Workflow

Settings for a new project are entered once at the start of production. MARVIN executes everything from that point on, thus establishing a simple and transparent protocol for each day of shooting. When removable media from the camera is attached to the system, MARVIN automatically creates verified copies of every shot to its own internal RAID5 storage array. MARVIN then generates multiple verified LTO copies of all of the shots from the day in either LTFS, TAR format or with proprietary Barracudaware Yosemite software, along with DVD dailies and QuickTime files for offline editing.

The director, cinematographer, DIT, or others on the production team can browse through a project and view thumbnails or video. This is useful for continuity, for example.

After offline editorial, a companion application, MARVIN InPost assembles the shots specified in the Edit Decision List for postproduction work and finishing.

The MARVIN Hardware

If required MARVIN can be supplied inclusive of hardware and features a robust 4U housing with a padded case for transport and added protection. The system includes 6 or 12TB of RAID5 storage and a core i7 processor. Two built-in LTO 5 tape drives and a DVD burner are included. Connection is via multiple CF card slots, e-Sata, Firewire 400/800 or UB, with custom ports (SxS, Fibrechannel) available on request.

MARVIN is controlled via a simple browser GUI running on a laptop computer connected to the system via Ethernet.

Availability

MARVIN Technologies is pleased to announce availability of the hardware system and the Windows software version immediately, with Linux and Mac versions to follow shortly.

“The transition from film to digital acquisition has been a wild ride for many filmmakers,” said Welsh. “With MARVIN we now have the production process under control. This is the way filmmaking should be.”

MARVIN at NAB

MARVIN Technologies will be exhibiting at booth SL11508 at the LVCC, April. 16-19, 2012. To book an appointment for a demo, NAB visitors should contact Adam Welsh on (adam@marvintech.com, tel +44 (0)7917 565514

About MARVIN Technologies

MARVIN Technologies was founded by Dutch filmmaker Maarten Treurniet in order to develop a simplified and reliable data workflow for the digital cinematography. The company’s flagship product, MARVIN, accomplishes this by establishing a clear set of protocols and automating the creation of backups, masters, offline proxies for editorial, and dailies. Based in Amsterdam, MARVIN Technologies is a privately held company with a growing network of international sales offices. For more information, please visit: www.marvintech.com