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Posted: Fri, 19th Dec 2003, 6:30pm

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Bonus for all pre-orders

As a small gesture of 'thanks' to all those who have put their faith in us and pre-ordered Chromanator (including all those who do so between now and the end of the pre-order period), we have decided to feature your names on the Chromanator in-program credits screen - immortalised as the first people to join us on the road! After all the hardships of the last year, you are the ones to stand with us as we approach 2004 and a new dawn.

Chromanator Day

December 29th 2003, Chromanator Day. A vastly important date for both CSB-Digital and FXhome.com. In this company's history, no prior date has been so crucial, so undeniably huge. The release of Chromanator will launch us into the next chapter of our digital evolution and we sincerely hope that you will accompany us on the journey.

All of us at CSB would like to pause for a moment and take this opportunity to wish all of you a very happy Christmas! The last few weeks have been tremendously exciting for all of us here and the support and enthusiasm you've all shown for Chromanator and the other new products has been phenomenal.

We wish you all an excellent Christmas break. There's no rest for the wicked, as they say, and we'll be busy adding the finishing touches in preparation for Chromanator Day on the 29th! We hope to see you there. So, until then...

Chromanator pre-orders until Christmas - up to 10% discount!

If you are interested in the imminent release of our new compositing application, Chromanator, then there is no better time to order your copy than right now! Pre-order the program before Christmas and you can receive up to 10% off the full price.

Click here to head over to the FXhome.com secure online shop so you don't miss out!

Click here to read more information about Chromanator.

More Chromanator screenshots!

For those of you eagerly awaiting the Chromanator release, to the right you can find some more sneak-peek screenshots to whet your appetite. Here are some juicy details to accompany them:

Close-up - This shows how the Chromanator interface can be folded away to display more of the main canvas, with the movie zoomed in for more precise work. Note how the render display takes non-square pixels into account, giving you an accurate view of your final output. Chromanator can also handle anamorphic footage with ease.

In-out - Here we have the Project View, which displays an overview of your entire project. The Media Browser shows all your available media, including a useful preview panel where you can crop your footage prior to placing it on the timeline. If you examine the timeline, you can see that the clip on track 2 is currently having its in-point adjusted. The pop-up overlay on top of the main canvas shows the current in-point frame and updates as you move the mouse back and forth.

Keying - This screenshot displays the core of Chromanator at work, with the infamous Sollthar clip composited onto a warehouse background. The toolbox displays some of the grading tools, with spill suppression and contrast applied to the Sollthar clip. The TV-safe guide borders are also clear to see.

Multi-selection - The animation interface enables you to work either using the traditional quad, or with more precise controls in the toolbox. The timeline displays all your keyframes, and you can see that multiple keyframes have been selected in this screenshot, which can be copied, cut and pasted as you would expect.

MERRY CHRISTMAS!
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Close up work

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Posted: Fri, 19th Dec 2003, 6:31pm

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Tarn, my dad bought Chromanator for me, is my name (andrewtheactorman) going to be in the credit thing, or is his?

Andrew biggrin

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Posted: Fri, 19th Dec 2003, 6:44pm

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The names on the credits will be your FXhome usernames.
Posted: Fri, 19th Dec 2003, 6:44pm

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We will be using the website names of the people who purchased Chromanator.
Posted: Fri, 19th Dec 2003, 6:56pm

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Allright, thanks!
Posted: Fri, 19th Dec 2003, 7:06pm

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ya my dad is ordering it for me on christamas. so will my name be on the credits?
Posted: Fri, 19th Dec 2003, 7:15pm

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Vary cool,When will the commercial be up?
Posted: Fri, 19th Dec 2003, 9:44pm

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The honor is all ours! We stand behind you guys because we love your software and this community. The gesture you're extending to us is a first for me. I really look forward to all the toys you're building for me, and putting some dv tape away until the 29th. biggrin
Posted: Fri, 19th Dec 2003, 9:49pm

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Blaine wrote:

Vary cool,When will the commercial be up?
I assume you are talking about the promotional video. When they started talking about it, i remember Tarn saying that it would be out after Chromanator and AlamDV3 were released.

Nice artical Tarn, as always. Holiday Break started just an hour ago, and I have nothing to do these two weeks but eagerly await Chromanator Day. Though Chromanator isnt my main prospect, i still preordered it. I am really looking forward to AlamDV3 and Digigrade. Mostly Digigrade. So hopefully, Digigrade will be available in time for my birthday (april 3rd) biggrin
Posted: Fri, 19th Dec 2003, 10:07pm

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Will the Chrominator demo come online on the 29th too?
Posted: Fri, 19th Dec 2003, 10:29pm

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They said they would try to get the demo out the same day that the actual program is released. This isnt (as far as I know) for sure yet, but I'm sure they will get it out as soon as they can following the release.
Posted: Fri, 19th Dec 2003, 11:45pm

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Thanks for the update. I wish the CSB team and all FX'ers a happy and peaceful Christmas. 2004 will see the filming of a very exciting project for me and my colleague, I look forward to using the CSB tools to help bring our film to fruition. Peace to all.
Posted: Sat, 20th Dec 2003, 1:15am

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Thanks guys. I'll be putting up a more details about Chromanator over the next week so keep checking back.

Thanks to everyone who has pre-ordered - it has helped us out loads smile
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schwar wrote:

Thanks to everyone who has pre-ordered - it has helped us out loads smile
You're welcome. biggrin
Posted: Sat, 20th Dec 2003, 12:10pm

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I have an idea! Why dont all of us try to get the world to make Chromanator day a worldwide holiday? It's definitly worth it!
Posted: Sat, 20th Dec 2003, 12:13pm

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i think you can pay 200 dollars and they will make it one...seems like a read that somewhere...probley not true tho
Posted: Sat, 20th Dec 2003, 4:39pm

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ssjaaron at school wrote:

ya my dad is ordering it for me on christamas. so will my name be on the credits?
I think it's only when you preorder...
Posted: Sat, 20th Dec 2003, 5:43pm

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AndrewtheActorMan wrote:

i think you can pay 200 dollars and they will make it one...seems like a read that somewhere...probley not true tho
Pooky Day:



Sollthar Day:

Posted: Mon, 22nd Dec 2003, 4:03pm

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I just thought I should metion I purchased Chromanator a few minutes ago, and I wanted to say thanks! My force bar has grown exponentially because of it, too. I'm only 13 force points from a yellow bar. Cool.

-Thanks again,
Adam twisted
Posted: Tue, 23rd Dec 2003, 10:51pm

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Are us in the US going to be getting Chromanator the 28th at night (depending on the time zone)? hugegrin
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Brettsta wrote:

Are us in the US going to be getting Chromanator the 28th at night (depending on the time zone)? hugegrin
That is a very good question, I was wondering that myself... eek

-Later,
Adam twisted
Posted: Wed, 24th Dec 2003, 12:56am

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When does AlamDV 3 come out?
Posted: Wed, 24th Dec 2003, 1:13am

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When does AlamDV 3 come out?
I guess you havnt read, well, anything on this website. AlamDV 3 is expected to come out December 2003/January 2004. January sounds more realistic. The order for CSB's new programs are Chromanator December 29th, PRE ORDER BEFORE ITS TOO LATE!, followed by Alam DV 3 sometime in January, and then DigiGrade, which I believe there is no set date yet. The new programs are to be much more solid and powerful.

Posted: Wed, 24th Dec 2003, 1:44am

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I was getting excited for a second.
Posted: Wed, 24th Dec 2003, 2:47am

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You can expect Chromanator on the 29th in the US, we always give US release dates as about 80% of our customers are in the states. biggrin

As for AlamDV3 release dates very much depend on how the release of Chromanator goes.

We have tried to plan releases a bit better with the new programs. We know it is possible there will be a few teething troubles to overcome as is often the case with brand new software. For this reason we'll call the first version you guys get a "release candidate" and once we have smoothed off any rough edges you find with the interface or the manual (we hope you won't find many) we'll move to standard version numbers.

The program is coded in a very friendly way compared to AlamDV2 where it could take days to find and kill bugs. The new G6 platform is totally object based which allows most problems to be sorted in a matter of hours - and as all the new applications work off the same platform fixes we make now will kill any problems with AlamDV3 and DigiGrade.

Once the we move past the release candidate stage (we expect this will only be a couple of weeks) we can divert most of our efforts in to AlamDV3. I say "most of our efforts" rather than "all of our efforts" because the development of Chromanator will not stop - the interface supports as many tools/filters as we want to make and I already have an idea for a better spill supression and several other filters. Also interface progress made on AlamDV3 and DigiGrade will be fed back in to Chromanator - we expect Chromanator to evolve pretty quickly which is good news for you guys but hard work for us. biggrin
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I was looking at the screenshots and came across an area that says tween power. What does that mean?
Posted: Wed, 24th Dec 2003, 11:13pm

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man tonight is the night. i hope that my dad order's it on my account, or else i could not get the 500 force points or the discount.
wish me luck guys wink
peace out
and merry christmas biggrin
Posted: Wed, 24th Dec 2003, 11:26pm

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question, if my dad PRE-order's chromator on my acount but does not tell me the magic code will i still get the 500 force points if i put it in later?
please tell me sombody.
peace out
Posted: Thu, 25th Dec 2003, 12:25am

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Yeah, if you order it now, but don't put the magic code in for a while you'll still get the force points when you do put it in smile
Posted: Thu, 25th Dec 2003, 12:47am

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Hey Schwar, Merry Christmas to you!
Posted: Thu, 25th Dec 2003, 12:49am

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Er, that was my post. smile
Posted: Thu, 25th Dec 2003, 1:22am

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Thanks Guest biggrin

Merry Christmas to all biggrin
Posted: Thu, 25th Dec 2003, 1:48am

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uh lol sorry one more question
um it says on the top of my screne when i enter fxhome "1 item in Basket, click here to purchase"
does that mean, if my dad purchases it on christmas i dont get the force or the discount right?
i just want to be sure because tomarow is the last day
Merry christmas wink
Posted: Thu, 25th Dec 2003, 2:09am

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You will not get the extra force and not as much discount if you order on Christmas. These things come when PREordering Chromanator.
Posted: Thu, 25th Dec 2003, 3:17am

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Not quite sure when the pre-orders will stop but if you click on "click here to purchase" it'll take you to your basket and you should see what you are ordering about what discounts you are getting.
Posted: Thu, 25th Dec 2003, 4:44am

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you would think it would stop the night b4 the 29th woulnt u? i dont know why the 25th keeps being brought up about it.
Posted: Thu, 25th Dec 2003, 3:42pm

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There was one post somewhere which I can't find that said preordering stops Christmas day.
Posted: Thu, 25th Dec 2003, 3:43pm

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ya thats why my dad bought it on christmas eve and them hide the serial number from me and gave it to me on christmas day biggrin
Posted: Thu, 25th Dec 2003, 3:54pm

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Cool. I see your Chromanator logo!
Posted: Fri, 26th Dec 2003, 3:14pm

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I am so freakin excided about CHROMANATOR! Greenscreen, masking, color grading...wwwwwwwwweeeeeeeeeeeeee


Andrew tard
Posted: Sun, 28th Dec 2003, 7:17pm

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It's Delayed!! tard crazy
Posted: Sun, 28th Dec 2003, 7:24pm

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http://fxhome.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=11461 < news about the slight delay.

It is true, there has been a slight delay, but we're on the case making up for that lost time and we'll keep you up-to-date.
Posted: Sun, 28th Dec 2003, 7:28pm

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Take your time, I know youll be able to get it to us quick despite the delay.