Adobe has announced its plans to propose an industry-wide open file format for digital cinema files to streamline workflows and help ensure easy archiving and exchange. The new format will be called as CinemaDNG.
Adobe intends to leverage its Digital Negative Specification (DNG) file format as a foundation. Further the company said that it would work along with camera manufacturers, including Panavision, Silicon Imaging, Dalsa, Weisscam and ARRI along with software vendors to develop the format.
Currently the company is busy developing the requirements of the CinemaDNG workflow and intends to subsequently publish a specification for the file format based on collaboration with companies throughout the industry.
Jim Guerard, vice president of Dynamic Media at Adobe said, “With the CinemaDNG initiative, Adobe is extending its leadership in developing open, interchangeable formats for digital still cameras into the realm of digital cinematography.”
“By taking a proactive role and working collaboratively with leading digital cinema manufacturers, Adobe is helping to define an industry-standard approach that benefits the entire filmmaking ecosystem. Filmmakers will be able to adopt digital cinema cameras with confidence, and camera manufacturers will be able to provide specialized functionality while ensuring instant file format compatibility with existing workflows,” he added.
Adobe’s CinemaDNG will offer filmmakers several advantages such as avoiding barrier happening due to incompatibilities in workflows that involves multiple devices, vendors, and file formats. Moreover, the new format will provide an open, durable, standard format.
Adobe claims that the CinemaDNG format will also help manufactures by reducing development costs by eliminating the necessity to develop proprietary formats and conversion utilities.