Colorfront is showing breakthrough features on Streaming Server and Streaming Player, its live-streaming systems for remote synchronous review, during the 2022 HPA Tech Retreat, which is taking place from February 21–24, in Rancho Mirage, California.
These advances include: the capability of Streaming Server/Player to enable the end-to-end review of reference-quality, frame/color-accurate, HDR Dolby Vision material via public internet; plus a preview of Streaming Server Mini, a new, software-only product that allows creatives to live-stream material directly from popular NLE, compositing and color grading systems, without the need for additional hardware.
Launched at HPA in 2021, Streaming Server is packaged in a 1RU form factor and can simultaneously stream up to four channels of 4K 4:4:4, 256-bit, AES-encrypted, reference-quality video, plus up to 16-channels of 24-bit AAC or PCM audio, to remote clients over readily-available public internet. On the remote client/review side, Streaming Player enables color-accurate viewing and QC of HDR materials emanating from Streaming Server on professional 4K reference displays, prosumer screens and HDR-capable notebooks, tablets and smart phones.
Using footage shot by DP Claudio Miranda ASC at 8.6K on the Sony Venice 2 camera, Colorfront will demonstrate how 4K Dolby Vision HDR material can now be streamed and reviewed with color-accuracy at various target luminance levels on different professional and consumer displays, including a Sony BVM-HX310 professional reference monitor, Apple Pro XDR display, the latest M1 iPad Pro and MacBook Pro M1Max notebooks with Liquid Retina XDR screens, as well as iPhone 12/13 Pro with Super Retina XDR screens.
The company will also preview its forthcoming Streaming Server Mini software-only solution, which can be installed and run on the same workstations that creative artists use to perform editorial, compositing and color-grading tasks. Using Streaming Server Mini, work-in-progress content can be streamed to production stakeholders remotely.
Studios, OTTs and post-production facilities – including Warner Bros, Disney, Fox, HBO, Netflix, Light Iron and Streamland Media – have already adopted the solution for their high-end streaming needs across different locations, countries and time zones.
Quanta, a leading post-production house with facilities in Brazil, Argentina and the US, has adopted Colorfront Streaming Server to support remote collaboration between its color-grading teams and clients working across its São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires and Miami sites, on UHD projects for Netflix, Paramount and HBO.
In further news, Bruno Munger, Colorfront director of business development, will take part in a Light Iron stage presentation and panel discussion during HPA 2022, focusing on Biosphere, a feature that was shot and post-produced using a complete cloud-based workflow, where dailies deliveries were enabled by instances of Colorfront Express Dailies processing footage on Amazon AWS.
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