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Hollywood Post Alliance Announces 2014 Special Award Recipients

The Hollywood Post Alliance® has announced the recipients of the 2014 Engineering Excellence Award to be presented at the Ninth Annual Hollywood Post Alliance Awards Ceremony on November 6th at the Skirball Cultural Center. This year’s winners include MACOM, NVIDIA, and Wohler/Cinnafilm. The HPA Judges Award for Creativity and Innovation in Post Production will be presented to the American Society of Cinematographers and Digital Film Tree..

The Engineering Excellence Award and the Judges Award for Creativity and Innovation were developed to recognize the technical excellence and creative innovation that continually drive the post production industry in the advancement and support of content creation. The Engineering Excellence Award spotlights companies and individuals who draw upon technical and creative ingenuity and apply it to real world post production demands while raising the profile of breakthrough technologies. The HPA Judges Award for Creativity and Innovation in Post Production was conceived to recognize companies and individuals who have demonstrated excellence, whether in the development of workflow and process to support creative storytelling and/or technical innovation. A jury of peers and industry experts determines the HPA Judges Award winners.

MACOM receives its award for the development of the 12G-SDI Chipset. MACOM has introduced the industry’s first complete chipset to enable next-generation 4K video production applications. MACOM’s latest family of f SDI equalizers, reclockers and cable drivers supports 4K video resolutions at 60 frames per second over a single link and complements the MACOM crosspoint switch portfolio.

NVIDIA receives its award for the NVIDIA VCA, or Visual Computing Appliance The network attached appliance easily integrates into the design and VFX workflow and scales to multiple VCAs, each decreasing the time to noiseless, physically based global illumination.

Wohler/Cinafilm receives the award for their joint venture, the Tachyon Wormhole. Tachyon Wormhole is a file-based Retiming and Standards Transcoding solution which leverages commodity enterprise hardware to deliver content based on time or standards requirements. Fully automated with audio pitch correction and caption retiming, Tachyon Wormhole processes two files faster than real time, simultaneously, on a single small footprint server.

The ASC is receiving their award specifically for the creation of the Color Decision List. The CDL helps maintain and communicate creative intent, from production, dailies, post, VFX, editorial, in a multi-facility, multi-vendor environment.

DigitalFilm is receiving their award specifically for the creation of the Pro Stack, a Cloud-based post workflow initiative. ProStack packs the capacity and bandwidth needed to manage the entire post process- high-end color correction, VFX and DI workflows- into a scalable solution.

Tickets for the HPA Awards are now available. They can be purchased online at, by calling the HPA at +1(213) 614.0860 or by writing

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