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LOTR filming used iPods for digital dailies

Although this story is a bit old, The Hollywood Reporter today posted a writeup about how Peter Jackson, writer/director of The Lord of the Rings (LOTR) trilogy and Jim Rygiel, visual effects supervisor, used iPods in the film’s production.

“Media was transferred from Weta to Pinewood Studios in London. There, Jackson’s 30-gig iPod was ready and waiting to upload Weta’s daily fresh-baked shots and sequences. His iPod was then delivered via sneaker net to his home a few minutes away from Pinewood.

Jackson then viewed those 1K-resolution QuickTime files on an Apple Cinema Display, tied to his G4 laptop, which drew directly from his iPod. The director’s setup was mirrored in New Zealand, so Rygiel and crew could step through shots with the help of their iPods, with Jackson’s guidance piped in over a videoconferencing system. During the course of two movies and four months, “Rings” iPods stored and served up nearly one-half terabyte of digitized footage from ‘Towers’ and ‘King.’”

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Posted by Jon in Seattle, WA on January 30, 2004 at 5:11 PM (CST)


isnt that on one of the documentrys on the 4 disk version of the 2 towers?

Posted by leepod on January 30, 2004 at 5:28 PM (CST)


Well, maybe it was. But I remember a story like this before.

Posted by Jon in Seattle, WA on January 30, 2004 at 6:02 PM (CST)


How? 30 Giggers came out in May, way after the movies were “done.” This might be able to affect RotK stuff… but TT was already out.

(probably pp for apple :-) j/k)

Posted by Steven on January 30, 2004 at 8:56 PM (CST)


They may have used iPods for the dailies, but they used Dell PowerEdge servers for the final renderings and color correction.

Posted by Dr. Webster on January 30, 2004 at 10:16 PM (CST)


yeah, how many times am i gonna read this story (or variation of)?  (still very cool)

Posted by huggies on January 31, 2004 at 8:53 AM (CST)


Holy OFN Batman!

Posted by angry_black_man on February 1, 2004 at 11:01 AM (CST)


Yeah, you can see it on the documentrys on the 4 disk version of the 2 towers. They used an ‘old’ 20Gig, which was not PJ’s own iPod. And yeah, it’s still very cool that our little iPod was part of making this great trilogy :-P


Posted by digideon on February 2, 2004 at 4:34 AM (CST)


Would like to know of anyone wanting to sell a used iPod; please email childslove .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Thank you!

Posted by Nicole on February 26, 2004 at 2:17 PM (CST)

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