HPA Tech Retreat | February 19-23, 2018

Colorfront will be at the HPA Tech Retreat at the JW Marriott in Palm Desert, CA, between February 19 – 23, 2017.

The HPA Tech Retreat is an informal gathering, in the Palm Springs area, of the top industry-engineering, technical, and creative talent, as well as strategic business leaders focused on technology, from all aspects of digital-cinema, post-production, film, television, video, and related technologies for the exchange of information.

Colorfront will be demoing in the Innovation Zone our HDR mastering and remastering tools that allow mapping a range of standard dynamic range content to high dynamic range TVs and displays.

Colorfront Transkoder will introduce the latest in HDR mastering technologies at HPA 2018, including HDR mastering, conversion, QC. Working with HDR10, HDR10PLUS, Dolby Vision, PQ and HLG variable encoding, the latest toolset in the Colorfront Transkoder system allows mastering for any and all of these formats, in the most efficient way.

The latest toolset will be unveiled, dealing with SMPTE ST2094-xx dynamic HDR metadata, calculating light level statistics, converting between HDR levels and SDR. The Colorfront Transkoder utilizes state of the art GPU-accelerated processing. We will show real-time playback on single or multiple (concurrent) UHD HDR displays, HDR specific IMF mastering, QC, and validation.

LOCATIONJW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa • 74-855 Country Club Drive • Palm Desert, CA 92260

2017 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.

Transkoder Customers

Top facilities from around the world are already using Colorfront Transkoder:

Colorfront Engine wins HPA Award

Colorfront, Dolby, SGO and Red will receive Hollywood Professional Association Engineering Excellence Awards at the 12th annual HPA Awards, Nov. 16 at the Skirball Cultural Center.

Colorfront will be recognized for the Colorfront Engine, a state-of-the art, automatically managed, ACES-compliant color pipeline which brings plug and play simplicity to today’s complex production requirements, Colorfront Engine ensures image integrity from on-set to the finished product. Colorfront Engine’s Master Look uses a partial subtractive color model and is well-suited for VFX compositing due to its neutral gray scale & offers a perceptually balanced wide range color palette with particular emphasis on good skin tones in varying conditions.

Judging criteria for the technology include the following: uniqueness, significant contribution to the industry at this time, excellence, outstanding implementation, design and utility, offers a path to continued industry progress, represents an achievement that allows for increased efficiency or creativity, and streamlines or enhances current processes.

[new] Colorfront Engine Whitepaper [2.8MB]

Colorfront Wins postPerspective Impact Award for Transkoder 2017 following IBC 2017

Budapest, October 17, 2017 – The postPerspective Impact Awards are decided by a secret panel of industry professionals, and honor innovative products and technologies for the post-production and production industries that will influence the way people work.
Colorfront Wins postPerspective Impact Award for Transkoder 2017 following IBC 2017 | 62 KB

Colorfront's Transkoder product has proven to be innovative and forward-thinking with exceptional focus on HDR workflows allowing us to remain at the forefront of post-production.
Todd Korody, workflow specialist at Picture Shop.


Colorfront Demos “The Future of the Scope” as Part of Affordable New UHD HDR Portfolio at IBC 2017 | 80 KB
IBC 2017, Amsterdam, September 15, 2017 – The brand new Colorfront HDR Image Analyzer joins Colorfront QC Player as the latest addition to a new generation of cost-competitive products aimed at post production and studio facilities needing to execute vital quality control and mastering tasks on Ultra High Definition (UHD), High Dynamic Range (HDR), Wide Color Gamut (WCG) content.

Colorfront Ships Transkoder 2017 and New Deployments Reinforce Market-Leading Reputation | 72 KB
IBC 2017, Amsterdam, September 15, 2017 – Transkoder 2017 is now shipping with even more advanced UHD/HDR toolsets enabling post houses, broadcast and OTT content service facilities to further streamline the delivery of Ultra High Definition (UHD), High Dynamic Range (HDR), Wide Color Gamut (WCG) content.

NexGuard and Colorfront collaborate to ensure content distributors stay one step ahead of tech-savvy pirates | 88 KB
New York, 11 September 2017 – NexGuard, the leading provider of forensic watermarking technology and solutions, and Colorfront add support for multi-layer watermarking workflows and offer enhanced scalability and automation of NexGuard forensic watermarking. FS-HDR, a 1RU, rack-mount, universal converter/frame synchronizer, is designed specifically to meet the HDR (High Dynamic Range) and WCG (Wide Color Gamut) needs of broadcast, OTT, post and live event AV environments, where real time, low-latency processing and color fidelity is required for 4K/UltraHD and 2K/HD workflows. Developed in partnership with Colorfront, the FS-HDR’s HDR/WCG functionality is powered by Colorfront Engine™ proprietary video processing algorithms. FS-HDR also serves as a full, 1-channel up, down, cross-converter for 4K/UltraHD/2K/HD conversion and frame sync needs and in 4-Channel mode, offers 4 independent channels of 2K/HD conversion.
AJA Previews FS-HDR With Breakthrough HDR Conversion Support at NAB 2017 | 80 KB

more on AJA FS|HDR at AJA.com

AJA FS-HDR wins Redshark News Award

RedShark News awards at IBC 2017

Best New Tech Product

This really is a catch-all category. It will be won by the product that shows the biggest advance in technology, or the best use of it.

AJA/Colourfront HDR processor FS|HDR.

This was really interesting. AJA has teamed up with colour science expert Colourfront to add some extraordinary capabilities to the AJA FS|HDR processor. Essentially this device can now upscale Standard Dynamic Range material to High Dynamic Range. This shouldn’t be possible, but what it does it does through perceptual “tricks” that don’t stress the material. We can only begin to wonder how it all works, but it does. This is a remarkable achievement.

“FS-HDR’s HDR/WCG capabilities leverage video and color space processing algorithms within Colorfront Engine™, specially-licensed by AJA from Colorfront, and developed by Colorfront’s CTO Bill Feighter and Lead Engineer Tamas Perlaki, both of whom are Academy Award-winners.”

Transkoder Highlights

DCP and IMF – Industry-leading IMF, DCP, ProRes mastering, authoring, validation, and QC tool
Performance – 4K DCP/UHD IMF and HEVC encoding at 100+ FPS
RAW support – Highest quality RAW deBayering from any camera from ALEXA65 & Panavision DXL to Sony Cinealta Venice
Colorfront Engine – Award Winning 32-bits per channel managed look pipeline built on ACES
Watermarking – NexGuard forensic watermarking from Civolution even in 4K and HDR
HDR – Dolby Vision an HDR10plus support and industry leading HDR OTT mastering tools
HDR Cinema– Dolby Cinema an Eclair Color support / industry leading HDR cinema mastering tools
Dolby Atmos – Transkoder is certified to create DCPs with Dolby Atmos audio
2x UltraHD 4K – dual real-time 4K video outputs for concurrent HDR / SDR mastering
PC, Mac & Cloud – Running on off-the-shelf workstation, with multiple GPUs

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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 and Google GCP GPU Instances
  • 32 vCPUs provide local workstation-like performance for encoding
  • Four high-performance NVIDIA GPUs
  • Works with cloud storage - encode media to and from Amazon S3 and Elastic File System (EFS)


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