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DIGITAL F/X'S WAVEFRAME PLAYS LEADING ROLE IN OSCAR WIN FOR 'BRAM STOKER'S DRACULA' -- BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN SOUND EFFECTS EDITING

 MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., April 21 /PRNewswire/ -- The Columbia Pictures' film "Bram Stoker's Dracula" utilized the leading-edge productivity and comprehensive feature set in Digital F/X's WaveFrame digital audio workstations in winning the Academy Award for Best Achievement in Sound Effects Editing.
 Sony Pictures Studios post-production department has been the proving ground for a new generation of technology in the movie industry. "Bram Stoker's Dracula" represents the first major feature to be entirely post-produced electronically in pictures and sound. Sony Pictures Studios uses 15 WaveFrame 1000s and 11 400 systems on their lot. They have recently acquired the new WaveFrame DCS.
 "Zoetrope, producers of 'Bram Stoker's Dracula,' in association with Columbia Pictures, has always pushed the state-of-the-art technology on smaller budget films," said Kim Aubry, vice president of American Zoetrope Studios and technical director on the film. "The role that the WaveFrame equipment played in (Dracula) post was crucial. The WaveFrame 400 and 1000 series allowed us to mine the potential benefits of linking picture editing and audio editing computers.
 "All dialog, ADR, sound effects and foley were edited on the WaveFrame system. There were incredible advantages over film in all areas," said Tom McCarthy, director of Feature and Television Sound Editorial for Sony Pictures Studios Post Production. "The WaveFrame system allowed us to pre-screen complete reels in pre-dub grouping for sound effects editing. This gives the supervising sound effects editor a chance to make any corrections and sweeten any areas prior to pre-dub. Another added benefit was the ability to preview reels on important scenes with the director. Each editor has their own mixing console setup saved in their WaveFrame. On 'Bram Stoker's Dracula,' we could tailor-make sound right to the picture. This actually made each editor a sound designer. It was a great feeling to manipulate sounds so easily in my editors' rooms. The use of the WaveFrame system expanded the creativity of our whole crew."
 Based in Mountain View, Digital F/X Inc. manufactures and markets digital video and audio post-production systems for the professional and emerging desktop markets. Digital F/X recently introduced the WaveFrame DCS digital audio system and Hitchcock, a non-linear, 24-bit, 30fps real-time video editing
system. Digital F/X is an award-winning technological leader in providing video and audio solutions through the integration of computer technology with proprietary hardware and software.
 NOTE: Digital F/X, Video F/X, Video F/X Pro, Video F/X YC, Hitchcock and TitleMan are trademarks of Digital F/X Inc. All other product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.
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