upcoming events

SMPTE Annual Tech Conference |
Westin Bonaventure Hotel, 404 S Figueroa St. Los Angeles
October 21 - 24, 2019 | Los Angeles
Colorfront booth #107

InterBEE |
Makuhari Messe, Chiba City
November 13 - 15, 2019 | Japan
ASK booth #7204 in Hall 7 | RAID Inc booth #8109 in Hall 8

CineEmerge |
6250 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90028
November 14, 2019 | W Hollywood
panel discussion and private demo

HPA Tech Retreat 2020 |
The Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa
February 17-20, 2020 | Rancho Mirage, CA
Innovation Zone

IBC 2019 Amsterdam

Colorfront was demoing at IBC 2019 at the Imperial Suite on the 17-18th floor of the Hotel Okura in Amsterdam from September 13-17, 2019, showcasing the 2019 version of Transkoder, QC Player and On-Set Dailies 2019.
Colorfront's collaboration with AJA was also showcased - AJA's HDR Image Analyzer 12G and FS-HDR offering realtime HDR/WCG conversion with the Colorfront Engine™ video processing - at the AJA booth #7.C25.

Colorfront has become a significant ally to our company. It's Transkoder and OSD products form an integral part of our post-production pipeline, making Colorfront a partner we rely on for our day to day operations and future developments. We grew a very healthy relationship with their employees and management through our use of their dailies toolset, their cutting edge color science, and their mastering tools. Their support of our endeavors has been outstanding. In short, our work and the integrity of our output would not be what it is without Colorfront.
Zak Tucker, President, Harbor Picture Company

COLORFRONT GOES FASTER AND DEEPER WITH 8K HDR CAMERA-TO-SCREEN WORKFLOWS AT IBC 2019

IBC 2019, Amsterdam, September 13, 2019 – Colorfront – is debuting accelerated 8K capabilities and more expansive HDR toolsets across its product lines during IBC 2019, Amsterdam. The company has also further extended its technology collaborations with AJA and entered into fresh partnerships with other key technology vendors dedicated to delivering streamlined color and HDR workflows from camera-to-screen.
COLORFRONT GOES FASTER AND DEEPER WITH 8K HDR CAMERA-TO-SCREEN WORKFLOWS AT IBC 2019 | 81 KB

COLORFRONT ENGINE PRESERVES CREATIVE INTENT FROM CAMERA-TO-DELIVERY AT IBC 2019

IBC 2019, Amsterdam, September 13, 2019 – Colorfront – is focusing on the power of Colorfront Engine™, and its newly-released Colorfront Engine SDK, to enable faithful color management and preserve creative intent at all workflow stages from camera-to-delivery, during IBC 2019 in Amsterdam.
COLORFRONT ENGINE PRESERVES CREATIVE INTENT FROM CAMERA-TO-DELIVERY AT IBC 2019 | 76 KB

I have been using the AJA FS-HDR in production for over a year now. Using the built-in color science provided by Colorfront, it allows me to see beautiful and pleasing images out of the camera while monitoring on-set. Additionally, I enjoy the additional features that the FS-HDR provides such as resizing for achieving custom formats or frame lines, as well as the ability to feed multiple signals and monitoring both SDR and HDR simultaneously on the same reference monitor. Because of this, the AJA FS-HDR has become a very valuable tool for most of the projects that I work on.
Claudio Miranda, ASC, cinematographer using AJA FS-HDR with Colorfront Engine on-set on Top Gun: Maverick

Colorfront Engine

Advanced color volume remapping tools using the Human Perceptual Model for multiple display mastering maintaining the original creative intent

Maintaining a consistent, creative look across today’s rapidly growing field of new display technologies for television, cinema, and portable devices is an immsense challenge. This is especially true when considering the wide disparity in possible brightness, contrast, and viewing environments. The traditional show LUT based approach of a dedicated finish for each possible combination is not practical. Even if that approach were taken, maintaining creative consistency would be, at best, extremely difficult.

The Colorfront Engine is a state-of-the-art parametric color processing pipeline mapping various input formats, including camera original (scene-referred) and graded (display-referred) images, to a wide range of SDR and HDR output formats at user definable brightness levels and gamuts while maintaining the creative intent. It is based on the extensive knowledge of how our eyes see light, and uses an internal processing color space where the perceived color and tonal relationships are preserved.

Read more about Colorfront Engine

Colorfront Engine Whitepaper by Colorfront CTO Bill Feightner
Using the Human Perceptual Model for Multiple Display Mastering [2.6MB]

COLORFRONT FOCUSES ON SET-TO-SCREEN COLOR FIDELITY AND 8K WORKFLOWS AT CINE GEAR EXPO 2019

Cine Gear Expo 2019, Hollywood, May 31st, 2019 – Colorfront – is focusing on faithful color management from capture to delivery, plus fast/efficient 8K workflows, at this year’s Cine Gear Expo, which takes place at Paramount Studios from May 30th to June 2nd 2019.
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Colorfront Engine Winner of 2019 Cine Gear Technical Achievement Award

Each year the industry’s tech manufacturers aim to show crowds their hottest new production and post production gear at Cine Gear Expo in Hollywood. This year the Cine Gear Technical Achievement Awards drew 130 entries from the 306 attending vendors. The Expo’s team of sixteen expert judges representing a multiplicity of industry disciplines deliberated and voted on the worthy new technology candidates in 12 different product categories.

The judges presented the Post Technology: Image Processing Software top award to Colorfront for their Colorfront Engine, advanced color volume remapping tools for multiple display mastering.
Cine Gear Announces Winners of 2019 Technical Achievement Awards

Transkoder Customers

Top facilities from around the world are already using Colorfront Transkoder:

NAB 2019

Colorfont will be at NAB 2019 from April 8-11, 2019 in Las Vegas, showing Transkoder 2019 with 8K HDR playback of camera RAW files, as well as IMF workflows with Dolby Atmos / immersive audio, brand new subtitling engine, support for IMSC1.1, multiple subtitle tracks, audio solo/mute and a new HDR GUI.

See Colorfront at the Renaissance Hotel Suite #832 and at ALT Systems Suite #1530 plus the latest HDR Image Analyzer v1.1 and FS-HDR v3.0 demos on the AJA Booth #SL2416 and AJA FS-HDR with Pomfort LiveGrade Pro at Pomfort Booth #C7935 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

On-Set Dailies 2019 demos will feature support for the latest camera formats including ProRes RAW, Blackmagic RAW, the new ALEXA Mini LF, Sony Venice V3, RED 8K Decompression on NVIDIA GPUs.

ProRes RAW Blackmagic RAW ALEXA Mini LF Sony Venice RED Ranger 8K

COLORFRONT SHOWCASES 8K HDR AND PREVIEWS MAJOR PRODUCT UPDATES AT NAB 2019

NAB 2019, Las Vegas, April 8th 2018 – Colorfront – is showcasing brand new, market-leading 8K HDR capabilities and major product updates across its product lines. The company has also deepened its technology partnership with AJA and entered into a new collaboration with Pomfort to bring more efficient color and HDR management on-set.

Colorfront partnership with Pomfort delivers color-accurate HDR workflows
Colorfront and Pomfort have teamed-up to integrate their respective HDR-capable on-set systems. This collaboration, harnessing Colorfront Engine, will include live CDL reading in ACES pipelines between Colorfront On-Set/Express Dailies and Pomfort LiveGrade Pro, giving motion picture productions better control of HDR images while simplifying their on-set color workflow and dailies processes.

COLORFRONT SHOWCASES 8K HDR AND PREVIEWS MAJOR PRODUCT UPDATES AT NAB 2019 | 94 KB

2019 Software

Transkoder is based on Colorfront’s high performance GPU architecture and uses cost-effective, commodity hardware to deliver faster-than-real-time processing to transcode, decode, convert, wrap and process files to various high-end formats.

Transkoder 2019 Brochure | 1 MB

QC Player 2019 Brochure | 1 MB

Dolby Vision HDR

Colorfront Transkoder has received Dolby Vision 4.0 Certification and can master Dolby Atmos immersive audio for digital cinema.

Colorfront Transkoder is the premier system for HDR and immersive audio mastering, QC, and delivery, used by the leading post-houses and mastering facilities world-wide to bring extraordinary color, dynamic range to the screen.

Transkoder Highlights

COLORFRONT ENGINE Advanced color volume remapping tools using the Human Perceptual Model for multiple display mastering maintaining the original creative intent
HIGH DYNAMIC RANGE Dolby Vision, HDR10, HLG and Premium Large Format Cinema support Dynamic range remapping and industry leading HDR mastering and QC tools
DOLBY VISION Creation and authoring of metadata, eCMU, HDMI tunneling, 4.0 processing
8K VIDEO OUTPUT Real-time 4K and 8K video output using AJA Kona5 with 12G-SDI
IMF and DCP Industry-leading IMF and DCP mastering tools, including Photon validation, App4 (Cinema Mezzanine), App5 (ACES), ProRes RDD45
IMMERSIVE AUDIO Reading, packaging, authoring and QC Immersive Audio Bitstreams. Preview object audio playback on 2.0, 5.1, 7.1, 7.1.4 speaker setups
NEW SUBTITLE ENGINE– IMSC IMF and DCI subtitles, advanced international language and styling support, multiple subtitle and CC tracks
PC AND CLOUD PLATFORMS REST API, workflow automation, S3 cloud storage, AWS EC2 support
RAW SUPPORT All major camera RAW format support including Blackmagic RAW, ALEXA Mini LF, SONY Venice 3.0, RED GPU decompression

2019 HPA Tech Retreat

Colorfont will be at the 2019 HPA Tech Retreat from February 11-15, 2019 at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa in Palm Desert, California demoing Transkoder 2019 with NVidia RTX GPUs and the AJA Kona 5 doing realtime 8K UHD HDR video playback directly from 8K camera RAW originals in the Innovation Zone.

AJA HDR Image Analyzer

AJA HDR Image Analyzer delivers a comprehensive array of tools for the effective analysis of the latest HDR standards – including HLG, PQ and Rec.2020 – from 4K/UltraHD/2K/HD content in a convenient real time 1RU device.

Developed in partnership with Colorfront, AJA HDR Image Analyzer supports a wealth of inputs from camera LOG formats to SDR (REC 709), PQ (ST 2084) and HLG and offers color gamut support for BT.2020 alongside traditional BT.709. AJA hardware prowess ensures high reliability and performance, with 4x 3G-SDI input and output, and DisplayPort connections.

Specifically designed to be used wherever needed, the 1RU form factor fits into a range of environments, providing the confidence you need for consistent and predictable HDR production and mastering.

$15,995 US MSRP
https://www.aja.com/products/hdr-image-analyzer | PDF brochure 1.5 MB

Netflix Post Technology Alliance

Colorfront is committed to working closely with Netflix to innovate production workflows and support creatives globally.

Colorfront Transkoder was used on some of the most iconic Netflix shows to create and deliver the latest 4K HDR Dolby Vision IMF masters to Netflix.

Colorfront Transkoder is a Netflix Post Technology Alliance Product that meets Netflix technical and delivery specifications today and will continue to do so in the future.

For more info please see ptap.netflixstudios.com


Transkoder in the Cloud

Transkoder works with S3 cloud storage and runs on GPU enabled nodes on Amazon Web Services.

  • Available on-demand by the hour
  • Amazon EC2 and Google GCP GPU Instances
  • 32 vCPUs provide local workstation-like performance for encoding
  • Four high-performance NVIDIA GPUs
  • Works with cloud storage - encode media to and from Amazon S3 and Elastic File System (EFS)

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