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Colorfront unleashes new opportunities for content owners at NAB 2024

Apr 16, 2024

Colorfront (www.colorfront.com), the multi-award-winning developer of high-performance dailies/transcoding/streaming systems for motion pictures, OTT, broadcast and commercials – will continue to demonstrate its leadership in mastering, quality control, dailies, remote collaboration and innovative immersive experiences, with advances across its product lines being showcased during NAB 2024 from Presidential Suites at The Conrad Hotel, Las Vegas.

Enhancements that will positively impact Colorfront users’ mastery over the art and science of colour in their evolving workflows include new Dolby Vision features enabling content owners to leverage their asset catalogs, AI (Artificial Intelligence) tools that accelerate QC processes, plus automation and connectivity applications powered via a newly-enhanced Colorfront Engine.

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Additionally, Colorfront will showcase the peerless quality of 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 will also reveal details of its support for Apple Vision Pro immersive technology. 

Transkoder unleashes Dolby Vision mastering to content owners:

Colorfront has pioneered HDR for over a decade, underpinned by continual advances in Colorfront Engine’s state-of-the-art parametric color processing and an ongoing collaboration with Dolby.

Addressing the global surge in HDR-ready displays and devices, together with demand from content owners to leverage their catalogs of film and TV programming, Transkoder now offers a straightforward, time-efficient, and cost-effective 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 significantly expanded its media processing capabilities with the addition of Colorfront Transkoder direct input into the platform, to be seen at Sony’s booth (SL3065) during NAB.

Colorfront Engine gets updated:

Colorfront Engine has been updated to further 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 popular, compact, high-performance FS-HDR and Colorbox convertors for colour-managed workflows in broadcast, live events, and on-set applications, seen at AJA’s booth (SL3065) on the NAB show floor.

AI (Artificial Intelligence) tools accelerate QC operations:

Being forever mindful about enhancing productivity, 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.

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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 improved and more efficient QC logging.

Colorfront On-Set Dailies & Express Dailies get AI toolkits too:

Colorfront’s hugely popular 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 On-Set Dailies on Mac Studio supports Apple Vision Pro launch:

Apple recently launched Apple Vision Pro, featuring ground-breaking immersive content that sets a new benchmark in storytelling. Central to this innovation was Colorfront’s On-Set Dailies system running on Mac Studio, which was instrumental in bringing to life the originals envisioned by Apple. 

Produced with the cutting-edge Apple Immersive Video, this content includes vivid films, plus narratives from celebrated creators such as Jon Favreau and Alicia Keys, offering viewers an experience that is not just watched but felt, thanks to 180º 3D 8K recordings with Spatial Audio.

“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 realise their creative visions.”

Rick Skrip, finishing editor at Fox Entertainment, echoed those sentiments, “Colorfront’s Streaming Server is an excellent tool that expands the colour bay experience to any place in the world. The interface is simple to use, and the colour science is pinpoint accurate. We love the flexibility it provides our finishing experience. Artists and clients can be literally anywhere, but also together virtually, with all the confidence of being in the same room.”

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