Envy provide intrepid post for ‘Extreme Iceland’

Member News  |  03 May 2021

The post-production company’s expert team including Colourist Andrew Cloke and Online Editor Dicky Everton worked on the factual show produced by Insight TV.

Released as part of Insight TV’s “Snow Fest” season, acclaimed post-production company ENVY provided work on Extreme Iceland, produced by Insight TV, and documenting explorer Mike Wilson’s search to experience the ultimate extreme sports adventure, with his sights set on the perfect destination: Iceland.

The eight 20 minute episodes follow the adventures of extreme athlete Michael Wilson, as he bikes and paraglides his way around the perimeter of Iceland. In each episode, he faces a unique challenge in order to progress his journey and to challenge himself and his ingenuity with the equipment he’s carrying.

Airing on platform Insight TV, the ENVY team on the project consisted of Post Producer Sarah Yeboah, Colourist Andrew Cloke, and Online Editor Dicky Everton.

ENVY Online Editor Dicky Everton’s insight into the work:

“We were tasked to extract the best possible footage from the multiple sources available (GoPro, DSLR, iPhone) and create a seamless viewing experience, all in UHD HDR.

Taking the graded conform as a starting point, I always work through, shot by shot, performing various clean-up tasks. Some shots required sky replacement or retouching to remove drone rotors, others required detailed de-spotting to reduce the appearance of sensor dirt spots. Then I perform a horizon-fix pass, and a stabilise pass, before rendering and re-watching.

I used Avid Symphony, working in Rec 2020, Hybrid Log Gamma, outputting to a Sony X300 reference picture monitor. The client is based at Insight TV’s office in Amsterdam, so we use the Streambox Chroma 4K to provide them with a permanent video feed, in UHD HDR, at 50p, for the duration of the online session. This allows the client to dip in and out at their convenience, prior to the final review.

This series is being executive produced by Insight TV Showrunner Alex Rowe. He’s highly experienced in creating UHD content for the channel, and we enjoy working closely together to achieve the very best possible result from the available footage.

The footage was shot at various frame rates, but delivery was always to be at 50 frames per second. All non-50p material was converted via our Alchemist standards converter. Usefully, we have operational ‘watch folders’ which allow for ‘drop-and-convert’ of clips from one frame rate to another. So it’s relatively easy for me in the online to replace a shot, even if it’s not 50p, by using the appropriate Alchemist watch folder. The timescale for the project was one day on each for online and review. “

Extreme Iceland is available to watch online via Insight TV at: https://watch.insight.tv/extreme-iceland

Find out more about Envy Post-production at: envybroadcast.co.uk/

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