Dailies/transcoding/streaming systems developer, Colorfront, unveiled a number of advances across its product lines at NAB.

Enhancements include new Dolby Vision features enabling content owners to leverage their asset catalogues, AI  tools that accelerate QC processes, plus automation and connectivity applications powered via a newly-enhanced Colorfront Engine.

Colorfront also showcased its cloud-computing implementations and streaming solutions for remote applications by ‘live-steaming’ footage, processed by Transkoder in AWS in Oregon, doing away with deskside workstations and using hotel broadband for all demos. The company also revealed details of its support for Apple Vision Pro immersive technology.

Addressing the global surge in HDR-ready displays and devices, together with demand from content owners to leverage their catalogues of film and TV programming, Transkoder now offers a straightforward way to convert standard SDR assets into Dolby Vision HDR masters with corresponding XML metadata, from which Dolby Vision SDR masters can also be created that match and preserve the original creative intention.

The latest advances to Transkoder encompass new tools for converting DCDM/DCP masters to Dolby Vision, auto-detection for bright titles that may need to be managed separately from other content, read/write support for ProRes with alpha channel, and integration support for varying workflows, from fully automated to operator-managed.

Ci Media Cloud, Sony’s collaboration and media management service, has added new ways to streamline production workflows and strengthen non-linear editing collaboration. Ci has expanded its media processing capabilities with the addition of Colorfront Transkoder direct input into the platform.

Colorfront Engine has been updated to optimise colour volume remapping and the rendering of extreme colours in new digital cameras, including the Sony Burano and ARRI Alexa 35. Along with Colorfront’s own product line, Colorfront Engine is also integrated into AJA’s FS-HDR and Colorbox convertors for colour-managed workflows in broadcast, live events, and on-set applications.

Colorfront has introduced advanced AI vision-analysis tools to assist master QC operations with detecting framing anomalies, dead pixels, bright titles and sparkles. These tools augment the AI capabilities already integrated into Transkoder, such as object detection and speech recognition for multi-language SRT subtitling from audio tracks.

Colorfront has developed new tools to help QC operators navigate thousands of AI-detected tags. These features, along with customisable metadata file validation, pre-processing of analysis tasks and automation, combine to deliver more efficient QC logging.

Colorfront’s On-Set Dailies and Express Dailies support the latest digital camera formats, including Sony Burano and ARRI Alexa 35, and feature augmented capabilities for ACES 1.3 workflows, tools for retiming HFR (high-frame-rate) clips, with new APIs and corresponding web interfaces for automation. On-set dailies and Express Dailies will be shown with AI tools to detect dead pixels, sparkles, slate/claps, and automated metadata extraction for accurate audio sync.

Colorfront’s On-Set Dailies system running on Mac Studio was used in bringing to life the originals envisioned by Apple for its Apple Vision Pro.

“We are known for innovation and our focus on enabling customers to work more efficiently as well as leveraging new opportunities for their existing content while supporting innovative visual experiences,” said Mark Jaszberenyi, CEO of Colorfront. “Colorfront is at the forefront of this transformative era in digital entertainment with tools that give creators the potential to realize their creative visions.”

Staff Reporter

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