Colorfront Transkoder Engine: the secret sauce inside Joust VFX management package

Colorfront Transkoder Engine has enabled us to develop Joust into an incredibly efficient, easy-to-use, self-drive management package for multiple VFX vendors, and directly address today's need to speed turnaround times and reduce costs.
Jenny Fulle, CEO of The Creative Cartel

The Creative-Cartel is making a quite a name for itself in as a full-service digital pipeline management company for filmmaking in the 21st century. The burgeoning business specializes in digital camera-to-post workflows for major Hollywood motion pictures, supporting blockbusters such as Chappie (Columbia Pictures/Sony Pictures), After Earth (Sony Pictures) and Ted (Universal Pictures) and high-end episodic TV shows including the hit TV mini series Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey (Fox Network).

The company’s services are tailored to meet the different demands of each production. These encompass VFX production management and infrastructure, plus on-set mobile digital lab services – dailies and transcoding, plus a web-based viewer for editorial and VFX dailies – all integrated into The Creative-Cartel’s increasingly-popular Joust software package.

Colorfront Transkoder Engine: the secret sauce inside Joust VFX management package | 91 KB

Transkoder in the Cloud

Transkoder works with S3 cloud storage and runs on GPU enabled nodes on Amazon Web Services.

  • Available on-demand by the hour
  • Amazon EC2 GPU Instances - g2.2xlarge node
  • Available world-wide - US West (Northern California), US East, Ireland and Tokyo.
  • Eight vCPUs provide local workstation-like performance for encoding
  • High-performance NVIDIA GPU with 1,536 CUDA cores and 4GB of video memory
  • Works with cloud storage - encode media to and from Amazon S3
  • AWS infrastructure is compliant with all applicable MPAA infrastructure controls

2014 Software





Academy Award and Emmy Award winning software developer Colorfront provides pioneering high-resolution on-set digital processing systems for the most demanding feature film and TV productions.

Colorfront Transkoder 2014 is available on Mac, PC and the cloud for many key tasks: editing RAW film data, converting material to various output formats, plus conforming, color grading and rendering 2K / 4K / 3D4K / 8K / UHDTV materials in various high-end delivery and mezzanine formats.

Colorfront Transkoder is the ultimate tool for DCP and IMF mastering, including: the industy’s highest performance JPEG2000 encoding and decoding, 32-bit floating point processing on multiple GPUs, mxf wrapping, accelerated checksums and AES encryption and decryption, IMF/IMP and DCI/DCP package authoring, editing, transwrapping and verification, along with full subtitle authoring and international language support.

Deluxe Digital Cinema (DDC) has a global reputation for incomparable service, the strongest production values and a continual commitment to technical investment and innovation. These are central to our business philosophy, allowing us to excel in an industry that rarely demands anything less than perfection. That is why we are working with Colorfront for 2D/3D stereo subtitling and mastering, with outstanding support for HFR, 4K and stereo. Deluxe Digital Cinema relies on Colorfront's flexible development, powerful APIs, and quick engineering response. Colorfront provides an extremely high performance solution that we can depend on in our production environment.
Deluxe's Director of Digital Cinema, Andy Scade

Transkoder Highlights

8K Performance – industry-first, real-time 60FPS 8K (4320p) & S3D 4K (2160p) system
DCP and IMF – the industy’s highest performance JPEG2000 encoding and decoding on multiple GPUs,
MXF wrapping, accelerated checksums, AES encryption and decryption, transwrapping and verification, along with full subtitle authoring and international language support
new Deliverables – DCP, IMF App 2 Extended, AS-02, AS-11 DPP, HEVC, 10-bit H264, upto 4K ProRes and DNxHD
RAW Support – ARRI, RED, Canon, Sony, CinemaDNG, AJA, Panasonic Varicam, and ProRes XQ, XAVC, AVC-Intra
Colorfront Engine – state-of-the art, automatically managed wide gamut high dynamic range color pipeline
new Platforms – Mac Pro, HP Z820 workstation, SuperMicro Quad-GPU workstation and the Cloud
Cloud Services – Transkoder works with S3 cloud storage and runs on GPU enabled nodes on Amazon Web Services

Recent TV Credits

Modern Family
Homeland
Silicon Valley
Marco Polo
House
Cosmos
Sleepy Hollow
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Grey's Anatomy
The Reign
Bones

Press Release

Oct 17, 2014 – Colorfront Transkoder Delivers The Cutting-Edge At SMPTE 2014 | 81 KB
Colorfront continues leadership in UHDTV and IMF/DCP mastering capabilities


Sept 11, 2014 – Colorfront Transkoder 2014 Goes 8K | 84KB
Showcase for industry-first, real-time 60FPS 8K (4320p) & S3D 4K (2160p) system

Videos

Fly | Transkoder
Harnessing the Power of Express Dailies
NAB 2013 | Express Dailies

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