Saudi Arabian production company Nebras Films has opened a post-production facility in Riyadh. London-based media and entertainment technology solutions providers root6 and Jigsaw24 carried out the four-week installation process. The 5,500sqft facility has a centralised media control system called ContentAgent, a proprietary technology developed by root6, which provides a central hub from which to manage and automate all aspects of file-based workflow, from ingest to delivery.
Speaking to BroadcastPro ME, Cian Patrick McLysaght, Post-Production Supervisor at the new facility, said: “ContentAgent allows for the flow of media between suites and workstations in a process that is virtually immediate. For instance, if an editor is working on a long-form project at a lower resolution then the Flame artist or colourist can very easily pick up and conform a 4K version of that edit, virtually immediately from the original source camera media, as the metadata of that media is carried throughout the entire system via ContentAgent.”
McLysaght stressed that remote work is possible at the new facility.
“A major feature of the proprietary technology inherent to ContentAgent allows for satellite offices, be they producers, editors and directors, to log, view and edit material remotely and update their work in the Riyadh office. Media can be shared seamlessly.
“This is, to my knowledge, the only facility in the Middle East with this capability. We currently have eight full-time post staff and we’re currently expanding the head count with talent from Europe and the Middle East, as the facility is completely up and running right now.”
Parent company Nebras Films is a full-fledged production house based in Riyadh that provides a range of services, including equipment, production crew, props and sets. It recently co-produced Born a King, the first Western film to be partially shot in KSA, based on the early life of Saudi Arabia’s King Faisal.
- Colour grading: BASELIGHT with Blackboard 2
- Editing: 4 AVID Media Composer Workstations
- Compositing: Autodesk Flame and Foundry NUKE
- 3D: MAYA (3 workstations), 3D MAX (3 workstations), Cinema 4D (2 workstations), Lumion (1 workstation)
- 2D: Adobe CC Suite (9 workstations)
- Audio: Protools 12 – S6 audio desk with full 7.1 surround sound mixing capabilities
- Live recording: 40sqft live recording room and voiceover booth