Las Vegas — During NAB 2014, Quantel showed the latest software release for its Pablo Rio color and finishing system. This is the fifth new feature release since IBC 2013.
The update helps Pablo Rio support more file formats, including 4K XAVC export and DCP import as well as the latest Red SDK.
The new software also supports conform of Avid effects. This speeds up the transition from Avid offline to Pablo Rio 4K finishing and color correction. For example if the Avid editor has used a DVE to resize a clip, the metadata for the DVE move comes across to Pablo Rio with the media, so the clip is automatically resized when it is conformed in Pablo Rio using the 4K media.
The Pablo Rio toolset also gets a major boost with Optical Flow slow motion. Optical Flow uses advanced motion estimation techniques to produce smoother, higher quality slow or fast motion.
The new software also features many additional improvements that increase flexibility and performance. These include audio in MLT, AVCHD softmount, tracker homography, better text handling, faster shape creation, wireframe updates and better subtitling tools.
Quantel has also licensed Apple ProRes encoding for its full range of software and turnkey Pablo Rio. ProRes encoding will be part of the forthcoming V2.0 rev8 software update for Pablo Rio and Pablo PA, due to be released at the end of April. The new license covers encoding to ProRes 4444, ProRes 422 (HQ), ProRes 422, ProRes 422 (LT) and ProRes 422 (Proxy).
NAB 2014 was the world debut of Genetic Engineering 2 (GE2), Quantel’s new shared storage solution for post that delivers levels of flexibility, performance and productivity for Quantel Pablo Rio color and finishing system users. GE2 uses COTS hardware and is already transforming the efficiency of post houses in today’s multi-resolution post world.
GE2 optimizes post workflow. It brings total scheduling flexibility to the post process, allowing high-resolution jobs to be instantly switched or shared between suites so post houses can meet tight deadlines or take on short-notice work. Up to four Pablo Rio systems can share the same GenePool storage, with guaranteed realtime performance on every connected system no matter what each is doing — even when working at 4K. GE2 also goes beyond 4K — offering 6K 16-bit operation on multiple clients to cater for the new generation of ultra-high resolution cameras.
New for NAB, the Pablo PA workflow assist station can now be directly connected to the GenePool. This enables conform, prep and workflow tasks to be undertaken on lower cost equipment so that the Pablo Rios can deliver maximum value for client-attended creative sessions.
There is a huge range of potential GE2 configurations, so GE2 systems can be tailored to meet every individual facility’s workflow requirements. For example, GenePool shared storage can range from 18TB to support a two-suite HD production environment to almost 400TB — more than enough for even multiple simultaneous 4K or 6K Red Dragon jobs. Quantel has published a configurator on its website so that customers can dial in different requirements.
Also at the show, Quantel also announced support for the AJA Io XT on its Marco field editor, and Kona 3G video card on its Pablo Rio color and finishing systems.
AJA Io XT will be supported for input and output on Marco in addition to AJA’s T-Tap Thunderbolt adapter, enabling journalists and editors to easily exchange media with a professional SDI infrastructure — for example satellite or outside broadcast/remote trucks, or for direct recording from HD cameras.
Pablo Rio already supports the AJA Corvid Ultra, which delivers realtime 4K 60p. The addition of support for the AJA Kona 3G gives customers a wider choice of I/O infrastructure and will be particularly attractive to customers who currently require realtime 2K capability. The Kona 3G card is supported on software-only Pablo Rio 2K and 4K systems and 2KO turnkey systems.
Photo: The Pablo Rio