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Cooke Optics Announces New /i Squared Technology System at IBC2013


At IBC2013, in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Cooke Optics announces its new /i Squared Technology system (patent pending) that expands the capabilities of the original /i Technology system developed by Cooke to record key lens data for post-production work and real-time display. The /i Squared Technology system will include all the existing /i Technology commands as well as new functions to greatly enhance the data’s usefulness to Post Production and VFX teams. STUDENTFILMMAKERS Magazine met with Robert Howard, CEO of Cooke Optics Limited at Stand 11.D10, Hallway 11 to learn more about the /i Squared Technology system.


The newest functions provide inertial tracking data in addition to the lens metadata to be used by applications such as matchmoving and 3D camera tracking. The inertial tracking and lens data will help VFX teams to better deal with common issues like occlusions, fast camera motion (motion blur) and other known challenges associated with fast paced camera motions typical of today’s cinema style. Inertial tracking, now part of /i Squared Technology, will help achieve these robust results by providing refined inertial data as links to PFTrack’s sophisticated algorithms for better feature matching and solved 3D camera tracking under such conditions.

Cooke teamed with Codex to provide the essential glue required to make the /i Squared Technology viable in the digital post production pipeline. Cooke completed the team with The Pixel Farm by converting the inertial and lens data from Cooke lenses into common 3D camera formats that can be used across the multitude of compositing and 3D animation packages used in everyday VFX work. The Codex Data Logger One (link to Codex website) is a single channel serial data recorder that can capture Cooke’s new /i Squared metadata, including not only the new inertial data but also focus distance, depth of field, focal zoom position, iris settings and more. PF Track is The Pixel Farm’s industry renowned CG integration and 3D camera tracking application. (

The new /i Squared Technology system will be backward compatible with Cooke’s current /i Technology software. An inexpensive upgrade will be available for existing Cooke /i lenses. Cooke lenses with the new /i Squared Technology will be available in 2014.

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