LA sound studio 424 Post and post studio Harbor have entered into a collaboration launching Culver Post, a full-service post-production studio with 4K theatrical HDR mastering capabilities.

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Los Angeles sound studio 424 Post and post-production studio Harbor have entered into a collaboration with the launch of Culver Post, a full-service post-production studio with 4K theatrical HDR mastering capabilities. The strategic partnership, announced by 424 Post VP of Operations Richard Burnette and Harbor CEO Zak Tucker combines the two companies’ decades of industry expertise in picture and sound post-production for cinema, streaming, broadcast and advertising.
Culver Post operates five stages for theatrical colour grading and sound mixing. According to Harbor Colour Scientist Matthew Tomlinson, one stage features a 34-foot, 8K Samsung IWA LED cinema display and a Meyer Sound Ultra Reflex cinema sound system with Dolby Atmos for mastering projects in 4K HDR in a theatrical setting. Able to accommodate more than 50 people, the stage accurately represents a cinema-style environment for HDR or SDR colour grading and immersive sound mixing.

A second theatre, also with seating for over 50 viewers, features a DCI certified 4K Samsung Onyx LED display and a Meyer Sound Ultra Reflex cinema sound system with Dolby Atmos. Both LED displays are made for HDR colour grading and mastering, exceeding standard digital cinema projection systems for detail, contrast and brightness. The IWA display peaks at 1000 nits, while the Onyx display peaks at 300 nits. Both stages are supported by Sony X310 HDR reference displays. The facility’s three other stages feature Christie 4K CP4420-XE cinema projection systems and Dolby Atmos sound.

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“Samsung is committed to using innovative display technology to revolutionise the way that content is created and consumed,” said David Phelps, Head of the Display Division, Samsung Electronics America. “The new Culver Post post-production studio marks a tangible milestone in the future of cinema and post-production. Filmmakers and creators can now edit and experience video content as it would be seen and heard on the big screen to enable immersive storytelling that leaves a lasting impact on audiences.”

Culver Post’s LED stages are designed to support emerging demand for HDR cinema and streaming content while serving as a true cinematic working environment for directors, cinematographers, editors, colourists and other professionals. “The size of the displays and the theatres themselves greatly enhance the colour grading and review experience,” Richard Burnette said. “The entire production and post-production team can be part of the process and watch the same image. It turns mastering into a communal creative experience.”
Culver Post is integrated into the existing network of 424 Post Hollywood stages and Harbor’s studios across New York, Santa Monica, Chicago, Atlanta, London, enabling multi-geography and cross-discipline collaboration, granting clients creative control.

Richard said, “This exciting collaboration unites two industry leaders under one roof devoted to creative sound and picture services. After successfully transforming our post-production studios into creative hubs at our existing locations, we're thrilled to unite at Culver Post. We anticipate the possibilities this partnership holds and the remarkable projects that will emerge from this collaboration."