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.” RedShark News awards at IBC 2017

IBC 2017 | AMSTERDAM

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.

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 EFX 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]

NAB 2017 NEWS

AJA PREVIEWS FS-HDR WITH BREAKTHROUGH HDR CONVERSION SUPPORT AT NAB 2017
NAB 2017, Las Vegas, April 24, 2017 – 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

Colorfront Transkoder 2017 Delivers More Firepower and New Features for HDR Workflows/Deliveries | 80 KB
Colorfront On-Set Dailies & Express Dailies 2017 Versions Deliver More Raw On-Set Power And UHD/HDR Versatility | 80 KB
Colorfront Transkoder Gets Approval From Amazon/Samsung, Dolby Labs, Panavision and NHK | 80 KB
Colorfront Launches New QC Player For Cost-Effective UHD HDR Quality Control | 80 KB

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.

We provide a full suite of HDR services – from consulting on project pre-production, production and post, through to grading and encoding support – for streamed content providers, such as Amazon and Netflix, as well as HDR digital theater releases in IMAX HDR and DCI HDR. We love Colorfront’s approach with the new, cost-effective Transkoder on Mac. It’s a deep product with a huge feature set, and believe it is a cornerstone that will be of immense value to our developing HDR business.
Kim Salyer, co-founder and EP of Color A Go-Go.

Transkoder Customers

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

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 – 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

Recent Film Credits

Spiderman: Homecoming
The Jungle Book
Fifty Shades Of Grey
Snowden
Inferno
Whiplash
Spectral
Warcraft
Deepwater Horizon
By the Sea
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

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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