Alchemist XF – Highest Quality File Based Format and Framerate Conversion Software

Alchemist XF – Highest Quality File Based Format and Framerate Conversion Software

Designed specifically for the file-based domain

Ultimate quality standards-conversion

A format and framerate converter, designed specifically for the file-based domain, Alchemist XF delivers even more quality, framerate wizardry and power than the Alchemist Ph.C-HD in a cost-effective software package.

Plugs into the xFile Framework

Alchemist XF is a component of the xFile Framework as is Quasar XF our software based up/down/cross converter.  This framework is used in both single instances and multi node environments and brings the integration and workflow capabilities expected of modern software installations. Visit xFile Framework for more information and to see it's technology.

Standards conversion with scalability

With Alchemist XF, work stays in-house, saving time and money. Alchemist XF is highly scalable; it can be deployed from a single instance through to a cluster of nodes within a data center. Alchemist XF supports format and framerate conversion from SD up to 4K for a wide variety of file formats, including Apple ProRes 422. Alchemist XF is available as a single server or enterprise server turnkey solution, as well as a software only download.  Both turnkeys offer real time conversion performance with the enterprise solution bringing multi node expandability suited to data center deployment.

Reducing turnaround

Snell Advanced Media’s acclaimed algorithms ensure stunning pictures however complex the source, shortening turnaround times and enhancing client satisfaction.

Alchemist XF overcomes the conversion of mixed cadence media using Adaptive Cadence Technology resulting in smooth motion with maximum resolution, even with discontinuous 2:3 cadences. We have improved on the original Alchemist PhC hardware converter, so long the world’s leading product in standards conversion, with improved algorithms and processing techniques.

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Turnkey solution

Tailor-made, convenient and very powerful turnkey solution

Alchemist XF is
available as a Professional or Enterprise level turnkey solution, as well as software only. The Professional package uses high performance components to create a cost-effective solution for standard conversion applications. The Enterprise package is built with enterprise grade components for heavy use scenarios including data center applications.

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Securing overall performance is essential to maintaining end-user satisfaction, which in turn results in sustaining and growing revenue. It is important to take steps to limit the risk of incidents taking place through fault prevention and planning and, if incidents do occur, to ensure that downtime is as short as possible.

To ensure you get the most from your investment, SAM offers comprehensive support packages to suit your needs. Built on a foundation of over 30 years’ experience in supporting broadcast and post-production systems, SAM Care provides a highly skilled 24x7 technical help desk, committed response times, software maintenance support and operates a worldwide spare parts service from over 20 warehouse locations across the globe.

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Alchemist XF is SAM’s Emmy® award winning image processing expertise in a software package that runs on commodity IT equipment to deliver picture perfect quality first time, every time.

  • New technology optimized to offer stunning image quality however complex the source
  • Deploy it on commodity IT infrastructure from a single node to the cloud
  • Simple integration via watch folders or standardized FIMS SOAP interface

Technical Summary

  • Highest quality format and framerate conversion
  • Readily deployed on commodity IT infrastructure
  • Scalable architecture and floating license model
  • Support for all common file formats including Apple ProRes 422
  • Simple integration using FIMS Media SOA framework V1.0.7I
  • Comprehensive support for watch folders
  • Video off-speed video with audio pitch correction
  • Closed captions 608/708 SMPTE 436M, line 21 IMX
  • RGB legalization
  • Windows and Linux
  • PCM channel / stream shuffle
  • $15,000 for a single license

Technical Specification

File Wrappers
- MXF OP1a
- MOV (ProRes / DNxHD/ JPEG 2000/ DNxHR/ AVC-1 (decode only))
- MTS (AVCHD only)
- MJ2 (JPEG 2000 only)
- MP4 (H.264 Long GOP only)
- MPG (MPEG2 only)
Video Formats
- SD, HD and 3Gbps broadcast standards
- 2K, 4K and custom resolutions up to 8K
- Custom frame rate (12-300Hz)
Video Codes
- DVCPro 25/50/100/ DV
- D10 (IMX 30/40/50)
- AVC-Intra 50/100
- AVC-Intra RP2027 50/100/200
- Apple ProRes
- JPEG 2000 (Lossy/ Lossless/ DCI)
- AVC-HD (MTS only)
- XAVC (I-Frame/Long GOP)
- H.264 (Long GOP)

- PCM audio pass-through
- AAC (H.264 Long GOP only)
- Audio Stream Routing
- Audio Channel Shuffling
Conversion Modes 
- Motion Compensated Interpolating
- 2:2/2:3/custom film cadence insertion and removal
- 2:2/2:3/custom film cadence repair
- Mixed video/film 2:2/2:3/custom cadence
- Video off-speed with audio pitch correction/re-sampling
Video Utilities
- Color space conversion (REC601 / BT709 / SMPTE 2020)
- RGB Legalization (700/721/735)
- Luma Clipper
- Luma / Chroma / Black Level
HDR Processing
- HDR (PQ / S-Log3 / HLG) to SDR (BT709) using SAM’s Advanced Tone Mapping
- HDR (PQ / S-Log3 / HLG) to HDR (PQ / S-Log3 / HLG)
- xFile Client
- Watch Folder
- FIMS Media SOA Framework V1.0.7
Operating System
- Windows (64-bit) server 2012/2008 R2
- Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 (Apple ProRes not supported)
- Linux (RedHat, CentOS)
- OSX 10.9 and 10.10 (Client only)
Minimum Configuration
- 1 x 4 core 2.5GHz processors
- 1 or more GPUs
(Multiple cards should be matched)
- Memory:
SD/HD: 1 or 2 GPUs, min. 16GB, 3 or 4 GPUs, min. 32GB
4K: 1 or 2 GPUs, min. 32Gb, 3 or 4 GPUs, min. 64Gb, NVIDIA DRIVER (See NVIDIA website),
AMD DRIVER (See AMD website), AMD DRIVER FirePro (See AMD website)
Closed Caption 608 / 708 SMPTE 436M
Closed Caption Line 21 IMX only
GPU Support (min 2Gb for SD /HD, min 4Gb for 4K)
GeForce GTX
AMD FirePro™
AMD HD 6000 Series**
AMD HD 7000 Series **
AMD R7 Series**
AMD R9 Series
AMD RX Series

Conversion times will vary depending on hardware specification.
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** These cards have not been verified by SAM Engineering.

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