Colorfront has launched a Mac version of its on-set dailies and transcoding system, Transkoder 2016. It has also unveiled its PC-based Transkoder 2016 Update 2, supporting 8K RAW material captured by the latest generation of digital cinematography cameras.

The new 4K-capable Mac product has the same features as the company’s PC-based Transkoder system.

Colorfront Transkoder on Mac runs on the Mac Pro. Its key features include UHD video output, Dolby Vision mastering, digital cinema and IMF mastering, plus packaging, QC, analysis and validation tools.

Colorfront is pushing the application as “the ultimate HDR mastering solution amongst boutique post houses and content service facilities needing to conquer the delivery of Ultra High Definition (UHD) and High Dynamic Range (HDR) content.”

Aron Jaszberenyi, managing director of Colorfront, said, “Transkoder is already the HDR mastering tool-of-choice, with a dominant market position amongst major studios. But with the proliferation of both broadcast and streamed content, we recognize that many smaller post houses and content service facilities, need a cost-competitive entry-point.

“The brand new Transkoder on Mac combines rip-roaring performance for up-to-4K, with an extensive toolset, at a highly affordable price – making it ideal for the wide variety of tasks involving the latest UHD, HDR camera, color, editorial and deliverables formats in digital cinema, high-end episodic TV and OTT internet entertainment.”

During SMPTE 2016, Colorfront showcased Update 2 of its 8K Super Hi-vision-capable flagship Transkoder 2016 system, running on the latest Supermicro workstation, fitted with NVidia Pascal Titan-X and Quadro cards, plus AJA’s high-density Corvid 88 I/O card providing multiple, independent HD-SDI outputs.

Transkoder Update 2’s GPU processing power enables 8K, UHD dual independent video output, and simultaneous real-time views of dual independent masters in a variety of formats and color spaces. These include Transkoder’s industry-leading capability to read, de-Bayer, process and review RAW media from 8K cameras such as RED Helium and Panavision Millennium DXL.

Transkoder 2016 covers delivery formats including Dolby Vision, HDR10, HLG 1.2 and the latest SMPTE 2094-xx standards – along with metadata management on HDR and WCG color transforms, plus support for all new production mezzanine formats.

Staff Reporter

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