Behind the editing technology of The Dark Knight

July 30, 2008 – 3:56 pm

Avid showcases the editing technology behind The Dark Knight which used (surprise!) an Avid digital editing setup to edit both 35mm and IMAX film prints:

Because the IMAX negatives came in as a big square image, [editor Lee] Smith had to extract a portion of those shots to include in the conventional film print.

“We had to look at them like visual effects,” says Smith. “We used the PIP [feature] as a camera operator in the Avid [system] to reposition [the IMAX shots] to fit in a conventional cinema. My visual effects editor, Tom Barrett, made a [PIP] template, which made it easy for us to dip into a shot, make an extraction, and send it to the visual effects department.”

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