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Academy Award Winning Aardman Animations, Create New HD TV Series Using Blackmagic Design and Stop Motion Pro

September 13, 2008

Blackmagic Design Inc. today announced that Blackmagic Design capture cards and Stop Motion Pro, are being used by the Academy Award(R) winning team of animators at Aardman Animations Ltd for their latest TV production, “Timmy”.

“Timmy”, a short-form series about a charming little sheep, is based on sketches by Academy Award-winner Nick Park (“Wallace & Gromit in a Close Shave”). It was introduced on the award-winning series, “Shaun the Sheep” now airing on Disney Channels around the world. This 10 minute, 52 episodes, animated series has already been pre-bought by Disney Channels Worldwide, including the US and has also been pre-bought by CBeebies in the UK. Timmy is scheduled for television broadcast in 2009.

The DeckLink HD Extreme and Intensity Pro cards as used by Aardman, are the only HD capture cards to work with Stop Motion Pro. The Blackmagic Design and the Stop Motion Pro workflow have enabled the animators at Aardman to unlock new creative processes within the stop motion animation environment. The biggest advantage being that animators can now work in HD using the pristine quality of uncompressed video while being able to get instant on-set feedback, such as “onionskinning”.

There is no finer example of this, than the work being done by “Timmy” and “Wallace & Gromit”, creators, who use the DeckLink HD Extreme card with the Stop Motion Pro software. By using Blackmagic Design capture cards with an HD video camera and Stop Motion Pro, animators can now film “claymation” and other forms of stop motion animation at the highest quality uncompressed HD video possible.

“Blackmagic Design and Stop Motion Pro have breathed new life into stop motion animation, enabling the highest quality stop motion productions to be made,” remarked Stuart Ashton, General Manager of Blackmagic Design EMEA. “At any time, animators can play back the footage in the highest quality, even out to a dedicated monitor at the exact frames per second, and all in real time.”

“Filming stop motion animation with HD video cameras means the animators can see what they are filming in very high quality, this speeds up the animation process enormously. With the integration of Stop Motion Pro and Blackmagic technology, we are able to roll out a common standard of animation production across the company. Our animators can move between productions, using either digital SLR cameras or HD video cameras.” said Ian Fleming, Head of Production Technology at Aardman.

“Integrating Blackmagic Design technology means we can provide an uncompressed, HD video capture solution that fits the fast workflow requirements in current and future stop motion animation productions,” says Paul Howell, Co-founder, Stop Motion Pro. “We are proud to be working on such an exciting production, creating world leading technology that will benefit the stop motion animation industry.”

About Stop Motion Pro

Stop Motion Pro (www.stopmotionpro.com), founded in 1999 by Ross Garner and Paul Howell in Australia, produces world-leading software for stop motion animation production. Stop Motion Pro has become a standard tool for teaching animation techniques in schools and universities around the world. Animation studios have also embraced Stop Motion Pro, with feature films, television series and commercials utilizing this innovative technology in productions worldwide.

About Aardman Animations Ltd

Aardman Animations, Ltd (www.aardman.com) is an Academy Award winning animation studio based in the United Kingdom. The studio is famous for its stop-motion, clay animation productions, particularly those featuring Plasticine duo, “Wallace & Gromit”. Aardman was founded in 1976 as a low-budget project by Peter Lord and David Sproxton, who wanted to realize their dream of producing an animated motion picture. Their first big break was providing animated sequences for the children’s art series, “Vision On”, for which they created “Morph”, a simple clay character.

About Blackmagic Design Inc.

Blackmagic Design Inc. manufactures the world’s highest quality video editing products, converters and routers for the post-production and television broadcast industries. The Multibridge, DeckLink and Intensity family of products have revolutionized the post production industry and made HDTV and film editing more affordable. Founded by the world’s leading editors and engineers from the post production industry, this knowledge is constantly fed back into our products. Blackmagic Design has operations in the USA, United Kingdom, Japan, Singapore, and Australia. For more information about Blackmagic Design, please visit www.blackmagic-design.com or contact info@blackmagic-design.com.




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