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Dalet AmberFin now includes Dolby Vision HDR technology

Dalet’s AmberFin software-based transcoding asset management system now includes Dolby Vision HDR technology targeting media professionals, studios and streaming service providers. The newly updated Dalet AmberFin engine enables mastering and distribution workflows for production, post and streaming

In addition to Dolby Vision and a bunch of other new software-only features, Dalet AmberFin can also be enhanced with hardware acceleration tools such as the M820L HEVC encoder plugin card from SoC (System On a Chip) specialist Socionext. 

Dalet AmberFin media processing capabilities enable automated Dolby Vision mastering and distribution workflows that generate outputs from IMF, through broadcast, cable and satellite packages to OTT HLS and DASH bundles. The integrated BPMN-compliant workflow engine and API let administrators configure user interfaces, assign tasks for operators, and push through ad-hoc QC processes; creating workflows that are just right for their facility.

Dalet AmberFin’s file outputs can vary in packaging sophistication from simple MP4s through to complex IMF packages that are automatically synthesized from collections of input files and automation instructions. Dalet is an active participent in SMPTE’s IMF plugfests, making sure that all of its IMF processes are interoperable at the highest level.

“By integrating Dalet AmberFin with our Dalet Galaxy MAM platform we have managed to build the content factory that we always dreamed of,” says Jean-Christophe Coin, CEO from French post house VDM. “Work orders for original and versioned content flow quickly and efficiently through our facility with human operators lending creative skills where required and automation fulfilling all other processes.

“There are more and more variations in the complexity of a modern title,” he continues. “When it was just SD or HD life was simple. Today we track different HDR variants and multiple languages, compliance and re-versioned variants for the large number of platforms that a single title might appear on.”

Dalet AmberFin version 11.8.2.0 is now available to all existing customers on a support contract.

Imagine Products intros PrimeTranscoder

Imagine Products, creator of software utilities for backing up, viewing, sharing, transcoding and archiving video assets, has released PrimeTranscoder, a video transcoding app for Mac users. PrimeTranscoder offers GPU acceleration and a simple interface.

PrimeTranscoder is a transcoding application that allows users to convert multiple files to different formats at once. It recognizes and converts more than 20 different HD, 4K and RAW camera formats, including Arri, Blackmagic, Canon, GoPro, Panasonic, Red, Sony and more. While that’s happening, it can also create editable or sharable files. By doing all those things simultaneously, the company says, PrimeTranscoder makes for a more efficient workflow.

PrimeTranscoder’s user interface — which Imagine Products has designed to look more like its other applications, such as PreRoll Post for LTFS archiving and ShotPut Pro for offloading — is simple to use and offers both standard and user-defined presets. PrimeTranscoder includes standard presets for ProRes 4444, H.264, PreRoll Post, ProRes 422, iPhone, and iPad. Users simply select the preset, drop the media into Prime, and hit start.

Meanwhile, users can define and save their own preset features, such as watermarking, color correction and burnt-in timecode, along with features for merging clips. It’s also possible to include audio in transcodes regardless of the source. Users can create watch folders with automatic transcoding ability, which makes it possible to offload camera cards via ShotPut Pro, transcode the files, and send them to the editor in one seamless workflow — all while Prime creates informational logs of output activities.

PrimeTranscoder is especially helpful for creating sharable H.264 clips with customers or creating edit-ready ProRes 4444 and ProRes 422 files for an editing system. The PreRoll Post preset makes it easy to create proxies in preparation for LTFS archiving to LTO tapes. PrimeTranscoder can also communicate with, and be used by, external applications.

PrimeTranscoder is available for immediate download. The cost is $699.

 

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