New workflow workhorse fits straight into existing facility architecture

NAB 2012, Las Vegas, April 16, 2012 – Academy Award-winning developer Colorfront ( has launched a new product line that automates fast, high-quality digital file conversion for studios and VFX facilities involved in motion picture and high-end TV production. The standalone Transkoder is based on Colorfront’s award-winning On-Set Dailies architecture and uses cost-effective, commodity hardware, to deliver faster-than-realtime processing to transcode, decode, convert and process files for multiple deliverables.

Studios and high-end post facilities, needing to process several Terabytes of source material every day, can use Colorfront Transkoder Engine to quickly produce high-quality mezzanine MXF files – such as IMF JPEG2000, SRFile SStP DVCPro, XDCam, AS-11 AVC-Intra formats – or DCI-compliant deliverables, whilst preserving color science information and metadata, streamlining their workflows and obtaining the highest quality results.

"Transkoder is a workflow workhorse, designed to feed various systems in a facility, and to rapidly convert material from one format to another," said Aron Jaszberenyi, managing director of Colorfront. "As it is based on non-proprietary, off-the-shelf hardware, it can be easily upgraded as required for better performance at minimal cost. The low cost of ownership, small rack space and lower power requirement, deliver extreme workflow performance, and it will fit straight into existing facility architectures."

The development of Colorfront Transkoder was inspired through collaboration with customers, including Technicolor in Hollywood, which has standardized it dailies services around Colorfront On-Set Dailies for motion picture and high-end TV customers.

Claude Gagnon, president of Technicolor Creative Services, said: "Colorfront On-Set Dailies has helped us streamline our dailies workflows, but we needed an additional, dedicated rendering solution that could also transcode footage between formats, such as ARRIRAW and F65RAW to DPX or OpenEXR. We’re delighted how Colorfront has responded to our needs with the development of the new Transkoder."

Colorfront Transkoder is delivered as a standalone 1RU system, minimizing its technology footprint in the machine room. Running on a 64-bit Windows 7 platform, it exploits the performance of the latest eight-core CPUs, and multi-GPU-based CUDA parallel computing, offering 32-bit per channel floating point processing.

Transkoder Main Features

  • Standalone Windows 7, 64-bit platform
  • Dual OctoCore Intel processors & NVIDIA GPU cards
  • Fast, efficient GPU engine for high-end formats including 4K, DPX, RAW, OpenEXR and TIFF
  • Mezzanine MXF format support such as IMF JPEG2000, MPEG4 SStP, DNxHD 444, and AMWA DDP AS-11 (AVC-Intra 4:2:2)
  • de-Bayer & de-Mosaic, format, resize, aspect ratio, crop, LUTs and color space conversion, watermark, subtitle and encode processing
  • JPEG2000 (IMF and DCP) MXF wrapping
  • Renders jobs from On-Set Dailies from a single XML
  • Composition Playlist and Output Profile List XML (showing resolution, bitrate, format) to define jobs and deliverables
  • Watch folder, scriptable command line and web service-based SOAP interface

Colorfront at NAB 2012

Colorfront's On-Set Dailies will be presented by several key industry partners at NAB 2012, 14 – 19 April, Las Vegas, NV:

Colofront On-Set Dailies was developed by the same team which won the 2010 Scientific and Engineering Award® from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences®, for the development Autodesk’s Lustre® grading system.

About Colorfront: Colorfront, based in Budapest, Hungary, is one of Europe's leading DI and post production facilities. The company was founded by brothers Mark and Aron Jaszberenyi, who together played a pivotal role in the emergence of non-linear DI. The company's R&D team earned an Academy Award for the development of Lustre, Autodesk's DI grading system. Combining this in-depth expertise with a pedigree in the development of additional cutting-edge software for color enhancement, Colorfront offers today’s most advanced technologies for scanning and recording, DI grading, conforming, digital dailies, VFX, online and offline editing, cinema sound mixing, mastering and deliverables. For further information please visit



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