2D/3D animation outfit The Hive has bought a Discreet Flame effects system to replace its Cyborg compositor which the company can no longer use since the collapse of its manufacturer, 5D.
The company has seen an major increase in commercials and animation work during the past year and has been investing in new suites since last summer, with expansion continuing into this year. The new Flame has been installed at The Hive for some time, but the decision to buy was only made this week.
Managing director Dave Southwood revealed to Broadcast that he had been considering buying Quantel's EQ system, but "although it's a brilliant piece of kit, it's not quite ready yet for what we want to do with it".
Quantel is still working on R&D for the 3D sections to be built into the EQ system, so Southwood has not ruled it out in the future, saying that "we'll look at it again in three or four months, probably at NAB".