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STUDIO AKA is a multi-BAFTA winning, EMMY awarded and Oscar-Nominated independent animation studio based in London. It creates and produces the hit pre-school children series “Hey Duggee” and works on a myriad of TV commercials, title sequences and short films.
What did Studio AKA require?
The requirement for higher-specified monitors became a need when Studio AKA were commissioned to create a half-hour full CGI animated children’s book adaptation, which required rendering and producing in 4K UHD HDR format. “When we started looking at options for which monitors we required to produce such material, EIZO quickly became our preferred choice. Importantly, we wanted to be able to look at the material in an AVID edit suite and at the same time have lighters and compositors work on the same type of monitors. This factor was key to us, and with incredibly tight deadlines, we needed to be able to keep display discrepancies to an absolute minimum, especially knowing HDR has such a vast colour gamut.” Fabrice Altman Senior Technical Director at Studio AKA.
The EIZO solution
The EIZO ColorEdge CG X range was just the solution for Studio AKA, “We could have the 4K ColorEdge CG319Xs sitting in the edit suite and review room and have the smaller ColorEdge CG279Xs distributed over our CGI artists desks. Another significant part in our decision process was the accurate technical infor- mation on the EIZO website regarding the monitor’s display, especially HDR capabilities, which included an approved and tested cabling schematic on how to hook to the AVID. All these factors ticked a lot of boxes for us, and when we got in touch with Escape Technologies to make further enquiries, they also confirmed this was the best option we could get for our needs, so choosing EIZO became a no brainer”. Fabrice Altman.
The ColorEdge range
The EIZO ColorEdge models were specially developed for “photography, design, and media”. Their reliable colour rendering will mean they meet the high demands of all those who work with photos, films, and graphics.
The EIZO ColorEdge range is split into two, the CG Series aimed at the Professional photographers and image makers, all featuring EIZO’s built in calibration sensor and achieving 99% Adobe RGB gamut, and the CS series aimed at the prosumer.
Studio AKA now work with two 31” EIZO ColorEdge CG319X’s and eight 27” ColorEdge CG279X’s. Both of these monitors are from the EIZO top of the range CG X series.
Both models feature a number of industry leading features such as 10-bit colour representation allowing users to enjoy a huge gamut of over one billion colours, built-in calibration sensor to help you to achieve maximum colour accuracy. Additionally, both monitors achieve 98% of the DCI-P3 standard and 99% of the Adobe RGB colour space for all your digital cinema, broadcasting and print needs.
All this alongside EIZO’s market leading 5-year onsite warranty and 6-month zero bright pixels guarantee to ensure the longevity of the monitor
What benefits have Studio AKA found since the update?
“The monitors have made a monumental improvement to our workflow. We can view and produce 4K HDR material, the artists feel they can trust what they are seeing is accurate, and the self-calibration feature is excellent, making sure the crew is always looking at things correctly. The after-sales is also great, something which for us is a valuable asset to have in place. We found the team listened to our needs and made efforts to accommodate us as best as they could.” Fabrice Altman.
Why buy Studio AKA decide to buy from Escape Technology?
Studio AKA bought all of its EIZO monitors from one of our trusted resellers Escape Technology. Escape Technology provides hardware, software, consultancy and technical support to computer graphics art- ists. Working with leading vendors like EIZO, NVIDIA, and Autodesk, Escape enhances and builds pipeline infrastructure for post houses, architects, game developers, automotive designers, and commercials agencies throughout the UK and Europe.
“We felt that Escape Technology had a wealth of knowledge, experience and feedback from their custom- ers running similar environments. They were also very approachable, which is essential when you need reliable information fast. We’ve been delighted with the kit and the backup.” Fabrice Altman.