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NAB2015: Quantel sQ server launch heralds 40% price cut

NAB2015: Quantel sQ server launch heralds 40% price cut
David Wood
15 April 2015

Quantel has slashed the price of its Enterprise sQ News and Sports production systems by at least 40% - up to 60% on some configurations – following the launch of its new sQ 1000 series.

The new sQ servers offer three times the storage capacity in two thirds of the space.

"Quantel has a reputation for being expensive," said Quantel and Snell VP marketing Neil Maycock.

"The launch of the new sQ servers has given us the opportunity to relook at every aspect of our pricing, and the new price points are now highly competitive with any other system in the market - with better performance guaranteed.”

Quantel also unveiled the latest software release for its Pablo Rio colour and finishing system.
The update adds OFX plugin support, improved EXR and alpha channel support as well as realtime working and playback at 8K 60p.

Quantel also announced that it is an ACES partner, working with ACES to deliver a fully-compliant ACES workflow for Pablo Rio.

The Pablo Rio toolset got a major boost with OFX plugin support now available on all Quantel workstations.

OpenFX is an open industry standard for visual effects plugins, making Quantel systems more open.

OFX plugin support will be shipping on Pablo Rio in June 2015 and will support all OFX vendors including BorisFX, Genarts Neat Video and RE:Vision.

To meet a growing interest in UHD-1, at NAB, Quantel also announced that Pablo Rio 4KO now supports 4K 60p; previously this capability required the HDR option.

Quantel said this new development opened up UHD-1 work to the wider post market at an economical price point.

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