April 16, 2008

DNG sprouts wheels, gets cinematic

Aiming to help drive standards & interoperability in video workflows, Adobe has announced CinemaDNG, a cousin of the DNG (Digital Negative) standard for raw image capture.  According to the press release,

Adobe is working with a broad coalition of leading camera manufacturers
including RED, Panavision, Dalsa, Weisscam, and ARRI along with software vendors including Iridas and The
Foundry to define the requirements for an open, publicly documented CinemaDNG file format that will lend
predictability and consistency to digital production workflows.

As with the established still-image form of DNG, Cinema DNG helps minimize the risk that
proprietary or camera-specific file formats will be unsupported in the future, because CinemaDNG will provide an
open, durable, standard format.

CNET covers the news while noting some of Adobe’s other video-related announcements this week, including a demo of automatic text-to-metadata speech transcription & support for Sony’s XDCAM EX tapeless video format in CS3 tools.

Posted by John Nack at 1:16 AM on April 16, 2008

Comments

  • KLadofoRA — 10:15 AM on April 16, 2008

    I take moment om this and ask my self
    does really this will be helpful for adobe?
    [CinemaDNG? Well, it should help Adobe and all vendors (and therefore customers) by facilitating interoperability. Looking just at "regular" DNG, it has helped Adobe by making older versions of Camera Raw compatible with new cameras, without us having to revise those versions of Camera Raw. (Because they support DNG, as long as you convert your raw files to DNG you're good to go. Other raw vendors have capitalized on our work to turn proprietary raw formats into DNG, and even Apple has belatedly realized that supporting DNG lets them support a broader range of cameras (by leveraging the work Adobe has done). --J.]
    okey i know many people using Sony’s XDCAM EX format but
    why sony not developing thire format why always adobe must doing that!

  • Barry Pearson — 1:54 PM on April 16, 2008

    2 days ago I started tracking CinemaDNG at the following page, as part of my comprehensive coverage of DNG:
    http://www.barrypearson.co.uk/articles/dng/cinemadng.htm
    I doubt if I will attempt to provide much technical information about CinemaDNG, because it isn’t something I am likely to use.
    [Good to know, Barry; thanks. --J.]

  • rich — 3:04 PM on April 16, 2008

    Sounds like a good idea, and I hope it can even go beyond a bit into Stu Maschwitz idea of a Universal Color Metadata format:
    http://aeportal.blogspot.com/2007/09/universal-color-metadata-format.html

  • sohbet — 8:58 AM on April 17, 2008

    okey i know many people using Sony’s XDCAM EX format but
    why sony not developing thire format why always adobe must doing that!
    forewer adobe !

  • Pedro Estarque — 6:41 AM on April 18, 2008

    Links of interest:
    On the convergence of video and photo:
    http://www.luminous-landscape.com/essays/red-raw.shtml
    An affordable RAW video camera
    http://www.red.com/nab/scarlet
    [Thanks for the links, Pedro. --J.]

  • imad — 12:26 PM on July 29, 2009

    i cant undestand you soo match
    speseficly this
    As with the established still-image form of DNG, Cinema DNG helps minimize the risk that proprietary or camera-specific file formats will be unsupported in the future, because CinemaDNG will provide an open, durable, standard format.

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