2010 Marks Doremi's Silver Anniversary
Doremi quietly advances Broadcast and Cinema Technology from humble beginnings in the San Fernando Valley, California
25th Anniversary Celebration Begins at
ShoWest 2010 in Las Vegas
Burbank, CA - Twenty-five years ago this year, Doremi founder and CEO Camille Rizko, invented a better way to perform digital audio for postproduction. Joined by his brother Emil, and fellow engineer Safar Ghazal, the Doremi partners have never looked back.
In 1985, the entertainment industry was beginning the transition from analog, the standard at the time, to digital. It was in the crossroads of these changing times that Doremi’s first product was created. DAWN, short for Digital Audio Workstation Nucleus, was one of the industry’s first fully digital audio systems and on the forefront of the digital tech revolution in Hollywood.
“We came up with a solution for post houses that performed digital multi-track audio recording and editing on a computer hard drive, said Camille Rizko. “The timing was perfect, and our system quickly gained popularity as an affordable, high quality alternative to tape based recorders and editors.”
Flush with this initial success, the Doremi engineers moved into the digital video arena, engineering new products with video recording capabilities. The V1 Video Disk Recorder, which premiered at the National Association of Broadcasting convention (NAB) in 1996, was once again a triumph for Doremi, and again embraced by the industry.
“The success we had with the V1 Video Disk Recorder enabled us to expand worldwide,” explained partner and managing director Emil Rizko. We opened facilities in France and Japan to gain a foothold in the lucrative Asian and European markets.”
The company’s engineering and manufacturing prowess lead to a number of home grown products including the V1-HD JPEG2000 Recorder/Player and the Nugget HD Video Player. These innovative products further burnished the company’s reputation as an industry thought leader and important entertainment technology player.
Around 1999 began the stirrings of “Digital Cinema” within the industry, and Doremi was listening. As the DCI specification was nearing completion, it was Doremi who first integrated the JPEG2000 codec into a server, operating at full 2K resolution at IBC, Amsterdam, in September 2004.