06 May, 2015
articles and stories
Sydney digital media specialist company Motionlink has spent 16 years carving out a name for its ability to provide the latest, high quality digital deliverables for local and international clients. As technology has advanced the company has moved through DVDs to Bluray and DCP files to Video On Demand and the latest streaming formats.
Keeping pace with the storage and networking demands of the production workflow required to process digital media files has led founder and managing director Grant Salinger to invest in GB Labs Space scalable shared storage systems.
The Imitation Game is the story of the cracking of the Enigma code, a fiendishly complicated code created by the German machine, given that name by the allies during World War II. Using the code creating machine, with its seemingly infinite variety of combinations, allowed the Germans to communicate freely with their troops across the world. Although the film brought to light the amazing work of Alan Turing and crypt-analysts at Bletchley Park in the UK, the story of the codebreakers has been around for some time. So long, in fact that there have been successful plays (Breaking the Code)and "spin-off's" of fictional versions of the story like the movie Enigma.Read more
25 April, 1915; 17 year old Tolly Johnson (Kodi Smit-McPhee), together with elder brother Bevan (Harry Greenwood) and friends Dave (Sam Parsonson) and Cliff (Tom Budge), lands with the first wave of Anzac troops at Gallipoli and pushes inland up gullies and across ridges. Initially Turkish resistance is light but soon Turkish reinforcements arrive and counterattack. The Turks hold the high ground and the Anzacs, on this first day, advance as far inland as they will get; this marks the start of an eight month stalemate which will see heroism, sacrifice, death, dysentery, flies and mud.Read more
It’s the little things that make characters feel real in James Graham’s X+Y script, which portrays autistic hero Luke as a person, rather than a pick-n-mix of “disabled genius” clichés. As the math-obsessed, socially awkward teen, who confesses to seeing the world “differently”, Asa Butterfield is superb. Following the death of his dad, Luke is inspired by his MS-suffering math tutor, (a suitably cynical Rafe Spall), to compete in the International Mathematical Olympiad (an Olympics for math - who knew?). As Luke’s long-suffering mum, Sally Hawkins conveys subtle grace as he rejects her touch, or demands his Chinese take-away contain a prime number of prawn balls.Read more
Motionlink first found EDIUS from Grass Valley, a Belden Brand, in 2004 when looking for a multimedia editing solution that could really handle any media formats they could throw at it. “After looking at all the other systems on the market, EDIUS was the only solution that could meet our needs,” said Grant Salinger, Managing Director, Motionlink. “As our work is less about traditional editing and more about mastering, we use EDIUS primarily as a media preparation tool than as a video editing system, but its flexibility is such that we can use it to meet almost any challenges that come up on a particular project.”Read more
At the hub of Motionlink’s business is the production of master discs for local and international movie production houses and distributors. In any given month, the company will master up to 80 titles. Grant Salinger, Motionlink founder and Managing Director, says: “We receive a lot of raw content material from the client via secure, highspeed Fibre, then prepare it all for Blu-Ray, Digital Cinema Package and on-demand. Along with the masters we often need to create several hundred preview discs.Read more
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is presented on Blu-ray in a 2.40:1 transfer almost identical to the cinematic 2.39:1 original aspect ratio. There is one curious anomaly. The arena scenes were shot on IMAX in a original 1.44:1 aspect ratio which, according to some US sites, has been converted to 1.78:1 for home theatre. Screenshots seem to confirm that as accurate. The version I reviewed, however, was a steady 2.40:1 throughout. Does this affect the quality of the transfer? Not a bit. Is the transfer in keeping with the directors wishes? No idea. I previously commented on the quality of the transfer for the first Hunger Games film. This transfer is also superb however this time around there is more darkness and depression which is reflected in the desaturated image in District 12. There is a lot of greys and overcast skies and District 12, as well as the other Districts under the crushing thumb of President Snow seem lifeless. Even the Capitol is becoming increasingly stark. It is only in the party scenes where there is a riot of colour and, as usual, Effie Trinket can be relied upon to bring a complete palette to the film. In the arena, shot in Hawaii, there is a preponderance of greens and the image quality is definitely crisp having been shot in IMAX. There are no issues of compression and the transfer is crisp and clear throughout without any artefacts or minor defects. The flesh tones are accurate.Read more
Riddick is presented in an aspect ratio of 2.40:1, the original ratio being 2.35:1, and is 16x9 enhanced. This is a nice sharp print with good detail. As noted, the colours of the desert planet have been manipulated so that everything is brown, red and yellow. Skin tones look quite brown, contrast and brightness is consistent. Blacks are rock solid, and shadow detail very good. For a film with many scenes in darkness, it is impressive that I saw no evidence of digital noise reduction.Read more
This show is something a bit different for a local Australian production, more in the style of English period mystery series like Poirot or even more like Marple (although much sexier). This new series is aired on ABC1 recently and is being well received by critics and the public. The series is based on the books of Australian author Kerry Greenwood who created the main character, Phyrne Fisher (Essie Davis). Miss Fisher is an independently wealthy lady who returns from Europe to Melbourne in 1928. She is suave, sophisticated, saucy, witty, independent and hedonistic. She has returned to investigate the murder of her sister and to live and enjoy life in 1920s Melbourne. In each episode she investigates and tends to solve a murder mystery much to the chagrin of Det. Inspector Jack Robinson (Nathan Page). Over the first series their attraction grew and the sexual tension between them drives some of the plot. The second half of this series develops their relationship further.Read more
Motionlink is pleased to announce our partnership with Juice®, one of the world's top "Apple-preferred" encoding partners for the iTUNES store. Motionlink uses Juice exclusively for iTUNES encoding and aggregation services as their official partner in Australia. We are extending these services and tools to our clients, stand alone or bundled with our current service offerings. Through Juice, Motionlink is unique in Australia in being able to offer iTUNES Extras and LP development.
Clients can be assured that all content sent to Motionlink will be delivered through Juice reliably and on time. Motionlink's team check and prepare assets, metadata and briefs prior to delivery; providing a smooth workflow as well as being on hand to answer client queries in a timely fashion. Apart from iTUNES, Juice also gives Motionlink clients access to many additional platforms, with more being added all the time.
More about Juice:
Juice offers digital supply chain solutions across all media. They are a one-stop-shop for digital and physical output and delivery. Juice has an international footprint and can deliver to all territories in all languages. They are one of the world's top "Apple-preferred" encoding partners for the iTUNES store.
In addition to Movies, TV and Music, Juice offers iTUNES Extras, iTUNES LP and iTUNES Digital Copy development. Their "direct-to-live" status enables us to get content up on iTUNES almost instantly. This in turn buys you more time for your projects, allowing you to hit those tight launch dates.
Juice is also one of twelve Netflix preferred partners world wide, and they have the same preferred status with Google/YouTube. Through Juice, we can deliver thousands of titles annually to a wide variety of additional platforms including: Sony Network, Microsoft/Zune, Rovi, Vudu, Hulu, Amazon, etc. (amongst others). Other DSPs and MSOs are added regularly and easily.Read more
It is difficult to imagine a disc looking better than this. Presented at the ratio of 2.40:1 in a 1080p transfer, the image is stunning in its clarity and detail. Add to this the sheer beauty of many of the images, courtesy of the art department, and you have a disc which I will certainly be using to demonstrate the capabilities of Blu-ray... I could not see one flaw in the beautiful images that were delivered from this disc… Dialogue was generally front and centre, crisp and clear with no sync problems... Every component is delivered crisply and cleanly to the ear.Read more
I always find it refreshing when an Australian movie is not a dark drama or story of true life crime, as many of them seem to have been lately. One such exception was a film I reviewed recently Tomorrow, When the War Began as is this film Red Dog. This film has been a major success at the box office here in Australia (over $20 mill) and won the biggest local award of the year, the AACTA Award for Best Film. It is now selling and renting very well on home entertainment formats.Read more
The attention to detail is clear… The result is an aching yet brutal work of art, beautifully shot and showing us a quiet, backstreet side to Los Angeles that most have never seen... It is stylised but with considerable substance just beneath its noir-heavy, pulp-thriller surface.Read more
Motionlink, a traditional Australian authoring house in Sydney, diversifies into the DCI market with CLIPSTER®. DVS's premium DI workstation dramatically improves Motionlink's workflow.Read more
Australia's top Blu-ray DVD compression and authoring companies have been put in an enviable position, after the last of the major supporters of HD DVD, Toshiba, announced it will no longer develop, manufacture and market HD DVD players and recorders.Read more
Motionlink consistently outperform our expectations. Not only are they competitive, they communicate effectively and perform professionally.
Tim Whincop - Manager, Hillsong Music
Motionlink has always and continues to give such fantastic service… nothing is ever too much for them. Loyalty is easy when you get looked after so well.
Nick Cooke - Director, Eagle Entertainment
The Motionlink team have shown grace under pressure when deadlines and fault lines collide as they sometimes do.
Gil Scrine - Owner, Antidote Films
We're proud of our association with the team at Motionlink. They're dedicated, proactive, responsive and most of all, terrific to work with.
Huw Perkins - Manager, Pinnacle Films