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Bandito Brothers Tap AJA for Act of Valor


Act of Valor opened last week. (Photo by: IATM LLC © 2011 Relativity Media).
Bandito Brothers recently relied on AJA KONA cards to provide a 2K postproduction workflow for the Navy SEAL action-thriller Act of Valor, starring active-duty Navy SEALs.

“We used KONA cards with Adobe Premiere Pro to online Act of Valor,” explained Jacob Rosenberg, Bandito Brothers chief technology officer and postproduction supervisor on the film. “Overall, we’ve had great experiences with AJA video cards and I/O devices, they’re super reliable, sturdy and last forever – in fact we’ve never had hardware failure with any of their gear.”

Produced and directed by former Baja 1000 champion Mike “Mouse” McCoy and former stuntman Scott Waugh, and written by Kurt Johnstad (300), Act of Valor is a gripping story that takes audiences on an edge-of-their-seat journey, when a mission to recover a kidnapped CIA operative unexpectedly results in the discovery of an imminent, terrifying global threat. An elite team of Navy SEALs must embark on a secret operation, which will determine the fate of us all.

Photo by: IATM LLC © 2011 Relativity Media.
The movie was primarily filmed using Canon 5D Mark II cameras, with film transferred to HDCam-SR and rendered in Cineform. All of the source assets were combined into a single Adobe Premiere project based on an Avid EDL, and output as DPX files, and also laid-back directly off of the timeline using the AJA KONA card.

The company powers its theater using AJA hardware with 2K over SDI and embedded 5.1 audio, and also leverages AJA Io Express to run both Avid Media Composer and Adobe Premiere Pro from the same workstations, with files on the same partition, without having to swap out hardware.

“AJA offers the best real-time support for the variety of formats that we work with: Cineform, DPX and more,” said Mike McCarthy, director of technology at Bandito Brothers.

Act of Valor marks the third film project produced by the partners behind Bandito Brothers, and follows the release of their two highly-acclaimed documentaries, Step Into Liquid and Dust to Glory.

For more, see Act of Valor: Immersive Filmmaking with the Canon 5D.

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