Quite a bit of news to report on SCRATCH Lab, the end-to-end dailies system from ASSIMILATE Inc. Last month it was announced that SCRATCH Lab would support REDgamma3 and REDcolor3. This month it was announced that ASSIMILATE would be offering a SCRATCH Lab Certification Program for DITs, Video Engineers, and other Dailies Professionals at Authorized Training Partner facilities; Moviola, Hollywood, CA (www.moviola.com), Manhattan Edit Workshop, New York, NY (www.mewshop.com), Digital Film School, Mumbai, India (www.digitalfilmschool.in), and Lapins Bleus, Paris, France (www.lapins-bleus.com). For those who like to learn at their own pace, ASSIMILATE also announced a Self-Paced Training program available for $49 on the ASSIMILATE Store. Once you’re up to speed and ready to purchase, Able Cine has put together one, two or three year financing packages to help with the software purchase as well as complete hardware / software packages. On the hardware side, ASSIMILATE announced Support for AMD Radeon HD 5770 and 5870 graphics cards on Mac OS X.

Finally, The Cutting Room Podcast has the inside scoop on ASSIMILATE.NEXT, which adds real-time 3D compositing tools and 3D camera capabilities.  The Cutting Room Podcast says it has the “potential to be a real disruptor in the color and compositing software arena!”