Update MXF4mac ImEx Suite

Hamburg Pro Media releases a new version of the MXF Export X component, version 2.2

The 2.2 Update is recommended for all ImEx Suite users.

It includes features and fixes that improve the stability, compatibility – including the following:

Create groups of shared computers and/or additional local sections on your machine to increase the MXF export speed of Compressor 4.x

Generate optimized export files to speed up MXF access

Free Update for all registered ImEx Suite users.

Colorfront Unleashes Cutting Edge Advances at IBC 2013

Academy and Emmy Award-winning developer Colorfront will underline its reputation as an industry-leading technology innovator as it previews performance-boosting advances for 4K and Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) production and post production, across the 2014 versions of its On-Set Dailies, Express Dailies and Transkoder products at IBC 2013, Amsterdam, 13-17 Sept (c/o AJA 7.F11, Tangent 7.G33 and Sony 12.A10).

Colorfront On-Set Dailies is the most widely-adopted on-set dailies processing system, used by elite Hollywood production suppliers, blockbuster motion pictures and high-end episodic TV shows. With On-Set Dailies 2014, Colorfront ramps-up performance with the introduction of accelerated CPU and GPU processing of HD/2K/4K video via NVIDIA’s latest Quadro K6000, Tesla K20 and GeForce GTX Titan cards, plus support for AJA Corvid Ultra with simultaneous HD/4K/UHDTV high framerate (HFR) video output.

On-Set Dailies 2014 sports an improved grading toolset with new primary and selective grading tools, the introduction of masks and curves, with mapping for third party control panels, such as those from Tangent. Playback and review tools are significantly enhanced with new timeline and editing features, plus extended Bin and Lookstore functionality, enabling users to rapidly search for, organize and manage media for an entire TV or feature production.

On-Set Dailies 2014 also features extended audio and video format support. This includes embedded audio on Sony F55, ARRIRAW, RED, Quicktime and MXF footage, rendering of DCPs, IMF AS-02 MXF, and support for the very latest HEVC (High Efficiency Video Coding) H.265 video compression formats.

 

Colorfront Express Dailies is the world’s simplest, high-performance, digital processing system for commercials, motion picture and high-end episodic HD television production. Express Dailies 2014 extends support across brand new MacPro, iMac and MacBook Pro platforms, and unleashes powerful parallel background rendering, using the very latest NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan and AMD FirePro graphics cards for fast 4K video display, 4K deBayer and 4K deliverables. For VFX plate pulls, the new version also supports the export of 2K/3K/4K/5K and 6K DPX, TIFF and EXR file formats.

Colorfront is further boosting the grading capabilities of Express Dailies 2014 with the addition of vignettes, gradients, effects and filters on simple grades. Other enhanced features include a new timeline user interface and editing features, LUT import/export, waveform and vectorscope, 2K ProRes output and live grading.

On-Set Live!, Colorfront’s advanced live grading feature, enabling DITs or on-set color graders to create and manage looks, preview footage and grade on live RAW/SDI camera signals, is included in On-Set Dailies 2014 with support for external 3DLUT boxes, such as Pandora Pluto and improved burn-in capabilities for timecode, watermarks, camera and lens metadata, including color temperature, ISO, focus and zoom parameters.

 

Transkoder is Colorfront’s standalone, automated system for fast, high-quality digital file conversion, used by studios and VFX and post facilities involved in digital cinema and high-end TV production. Transkoder 2014 will be shown running on both Mac and PC platforms, online editing RAW film data, converting to various output formats, as well as color grading and rendering a range of 2K/4K/UHDTV material in various high-end delivery and mezzanine formats.

Chief among the new features in Transkoder 2014 are a brand new, easy-to-use user interface, a multi-track timeline, EDL conform editing tools, support for subtitling, automatic watch folder processing, plus extended support for CinemaDNG, R3D, ARRIRAW, F65/F55, Canon C500 and Phantom camera formats, and deliverables including DCPs, IMF AS-02 and HEVC.

 

Click for more information about Colorfront’s On-Set Dailies, Express Dailies, Transkoder.

Matrox Announces 4K Output Card for Developers – Matrox DSX LE3 4K

Matrox Video has announced a new addition to the Matrox DSX Developer Products family—the Matrox DSX LE3 4K card. Matrox DSX LE3 4K enables realtime monitoring and output of video footage at resolutions up to 4096 x 2160 at frame rates up to 60 fps. This new 4K output card, in conjunction with the industry-leading Matrox DSX Software Development Kit and 4K codec support for ProRes and XAVC, lets equipment manufacturers create graphics systems, editing solutions and playout servers in native 4K resolutions. At the 2013 NAB Show, leading broadcast equipment supplier Vizrt will preview the breakthrough 4K rendering capability of its Viz Engine using the Matrox DSX LE3 4K card.

Matrox DSX LE3 4K will be showcased at the 2013 NAB Show in the Matrox booth SL4616 and the Vizrt booth SL3305.

Key features of Matrox DSX LE3 4K:

  • 4K (4096 x 2160), QFHD (3840 x 2160), 2K (2048 x 1080), HD and SD output resolutions
  • 60 fps frame rate support, even at 4K resolutions
  • Provides full 4K output to drive a Sony PVM-X300 reference monitor
  • Can take advantage of the integrated NVIDIA GPUDirect SDK to offer low latency and high throughput data transfers at 4K resolution with the NVIDIA Quadro GPU series
  • SD, HD and 3G-SDI connectivity per SMPTE 259, 292 and 424/425M Level A and Level B mapping
  • 8- and 10-bit YUV output at all resolutions and frames rates
  • 16 channels of SDI embedded audio support
  • Bi-level and tri-level genlock input
  • Five full-size BNC connectors directly on the card bracket
  • Support for 4K ProRes and XAVC software codecs
  • Extensive native codec support in HD and SD
  • Cross platform file format support—MXF, MOV, AVI and MPG
  • Application development support by a team of dedicated, experienced engineers

Availability

Matrox DSX LE3 4K is available to developers now.

Click for more information about the new Matrox DSX LE3 4K.

Hamburg Pro Media Launches Free MXF4mac Player

Hamburg Pro Media announces the new standalone MXF4mac player. This player makes MXF clips feel like Quicktime movies. Open or simply drag nearly any kind of MXF file into the MXF4mac player to watch it, even in full screen. Control 8 tracks of audio, the frame rate, movie time, source package timecode, frame number and data rate. MXF4mac player can open most MXF variations. It supports, XDCAM HD, AVC-Intra, JPEG 2000, DNxHD, HDV, Uncompressed SD/HD, Uncompressed Avid 10 bit, DVC-Pro HD, IMX-D10, DV, Meridien, Sony Proxy and more. And it comes for free.

System requirements: 10.6 or later, corresponding codecs installed

Find more information at hamburgpromedia.com

Fox Networks Headlines June Creative Storage Conference

The Sixth Annual Creative Storage Conference (CS12) will be held Tuesday June 26, 2012 at the DoubleTree Hotel West Los Angeles in Culver City, CA. This event brings together digital storage providers, equipment and software manufacturers and professional media and entertainment end users to explore the conference theme of Digital Storage Enables Universal and Ubiquitous Workflows. At CS 2012 you can find out the latest developments in digital storage for media and entertainment and network with industry professionals.

Clyde Smith’s keynote presentation on Digital Storage and Object Based Media Workflows abstract follows: The visionaries working on the Material eXchange Format (MXF) standard foresaw the need for more complex operational patterns.

With the exponential increase in methods and types of media distribution the complexity in today’s workflows needs to be simplified to achieve practical interoperability.

Industry Initiatives such as the Advanced Media Workflow Association’s AS-02 and the ETC/SMPTE’s IMF are redefining how the entertainment industry can rapidly evolve it’s processes to meet quickly evolving marketplace demands. Media workflows producing content as a compilation of objects are quickly being adopted. This presentation will address how, why and what it could mean for storage implementations.

Clyde Smith is the Senior Vice President of New Technologies for FOX Network Engineering and Operations. In this role he is supporting Broadcast and Cable Networks, Production and Post Production operating groups in addressing their challenges with new technologies. Prior to joining FOX he was SVP of global broadcast technology and standards for Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. where he provided technical guidance for the company’s domestic and international teams.

He has previously held position as SVP of Broadcast Engineering Research and Development at Turner, SVP & CTO at Speer Communications, and Supervisor of Communications Design and Development Engineering for Lockheed Space Operations at the Kennedy Space Center.

Smith also helped develop the innovative Broadcast Inventory Manager Solution for Turner Broadcasting that was recognized by The Computer World Honors program with The 2005 21st Century Achievement Award for Media Arts and Entertainment. In 2007 he received the SMPTE Progress Medal and 2008 he received the Storage Visions Conference Storage Industry Service Award.

Media and Organization Sponsors of CS 2012 include Coughlin Associates, Createasphere, Digital Production Buzz, HDDFA, Hollywood Post Alliance, FCIA, MediaTech Association, M & E Tech, POST Magazine, RDC and STA.

This one-day conference and exhibits brings together the vendors, end users, researchers and visionaries that will meet growing demand for digital storage for content capture, editing, archiving and content distribution.

Presentations are now being solicited for the 2012 Creative Storage Conference, until April 20, 2012. We have a great agenda planned with 5 sessions throughout the day. There will also be two keynote talks during the conference and perhaps a sponsored reception in the evening. The preliminary conference agenda is also available now.

Click here to submit speakers/panelists for the 2012 Creative Storage Conference.

Click here for more information about the 2012 Creative Storage Conference Agenda.

Conference registration is also open.  Click here to register for the 2012 Creative Storage Conference.

Archiware and Hamburg Pro Media Collaborate on PresSTORE

Data management specialists, Archiware, have teamed with video software experts, Hamburg Pro Media, to create a customized archiving solution for professional video and broadcast data.

Utilizing the industry-standard MXF (Material eXchange Format), an open and non proprietary data format for video and broadcast technologies, this new archiving concept represents a powerful and accessible resource for video production and broadcast professionals.

Archiware’s PresSTORE offers a host of features for easy and accessible storage and retrieval of video data, making it one of the most popular choices for broadcast video production. Combined with Hamburg Pro Audio’s “MXF Import QT” QuickTime application, it enables broadcast facilities to quickly and easily preview files for immediate access.

Archiware’s PresSTORE Archive offers dual modes for displaying previews: LoRes in proxy overview, or HiRes in media view, integrating MXF’s preview support through its ‘Import QT’ component. Additionally, MXF’s format is natively supported by popular applications like Final Cut Studio and Final Cut Server, as well as across the entire industry-standard Mac OS operating system, making format conversions a thing of the past.

Data searches can be conducted using file name, modification date or archive date. Additionally, metadata defined within PresSTORE make searches more efficient.

For more information click here.