Alchemist XF

Alchemist XF

Highest quality file based and framerate conversion Software

Alchemist XF Image is everything

The world’s best format and framerate converter, designed specifically for the file-based domain, Alchemist XF converts content seamlessly and protects your business by processing valuable content for your global audience.

Engineered with content owners and post production facilities in mind, Alchemist XF combines SAM Emmy award winning image processing technology with commodity IT equipment to deliver picture perfect quality first time, every time.

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

Scalable solution that fits your needs

A scalable, file-based software product, it enables the next generation of unrivalled motion-compensated image transformation. Its Service Orientated Architecture and floating licensing model provides the versatility to evolve and adapt with changing business requirements.

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Software only and turnkey solutions are available

Alchemist XF can run on relatively low end, cost effective infrastructure through to state of the art high end enterprise solutions.

Alternatively, if you want to save yourself all the hassle of choosing the appropriate hardware, we also have Alchemist XF Turnkey Solutions available.

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Alchemist XF used across the world

We have made a massive impact with post production professionals around the world. Alchemist XF is delivering incredible results on even the most difficult material – including low frame rate and demanding 4K as well as HDR formats - by tapping into the ever-increasing power of GPU technology and fitting seamlessly into today’s file-based workflows.

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Purchase options available at the online SAM Store

To help you make the right decision, we offer you the opportunity to experience the full power and capabilities of the product, with a free trial. This will provide you with the opportunity to trial each of the features as well as test the power of the IT platform you choose to deploy it on.

Or, if you have already made your purchasing decision, we have a few options to choose from.

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This is what you need

Alchemist XF is a flexible software solution designed to run on commodity IT infrastructure. It can harness the power of either NVIDIA or AMD GPUs to deliver stunning images.

A wide variety of hardware can be used depending on your budget and requirements, from an inexpensive host machine based on an Intel i7 processor with a single GPU through to a cluster of Xeon based host machines each running multiple GPUs.

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Technical Specification

 

File Wrapper
  • MXF OP1a
  • MOV (Apple ProRes / DNxHD / XDCAM HD/ JPEG 2000 / XDCam / DV)
  • MTS (AVCHD)
  • MJ2 (JPEG 2000 only)
  • MP4 (H.264 Long GOP only)
  • MPG/TS (MPEG2)
Video Codecs
  • DNxHD
  • DV - DV25/DVCPro25/DVCPro50/DVCPro100
  • XDCAM HD (Open GOP / Closed GOP)
  • D10 (IMX 30/40/50)
  • AVC-Intra 50/100
  • AVC-Intra RP2027 50/100/200
  • DPX* 10bit
  • Apple ProRes
  • JPEG 2000 (Lossy / Lossless / DCI)
  • MTS (AVCHD)
  • XAVC (I-Frame / Long GOP)
  • MPEG2
Video Formats
  • SD, HD and 3Gbps broadcast video including 1080 23/24/25/29p and psf
  • 2K/4K
HDR 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 output cadence
  • Video off-speed with audio pitch correction/re-sampling
Audio
  • PCM audio pass-through
  • Audio channel / stream shuffle
  • Audio gain and delay
  • AAC (48KHz only)
Video Utilities
  • Auto color space conversion
  • Aspect ratio conversion
  • RGB legalization 700/721/735
  • Luma Clipper
  • Luma / Chroma / Black Level
Operating Systems
  • Windows (64-bit) server 2012/2008 R2
  • Linux (64-bit) (RedHat / CentOS 6.5/6.6)
  • OSX 10.9 and 10.10 (Client only)
HDR Processing
  • HDR (PQ / S-Log3 / HLG / HDR10) to SDR (BT709) using SAM's Advanced Tone Mapping
  • HDR (PQ / S-Log3 / HLG / HDR10) to HDR (PQ / S-Log3 / HLG / HDR10)
  • SDR (BT709) to HDR (PQ / S-Log3 / HLG / HDR10)
Timecode
  • Timecode handover
Metadata
  • Closed Caption 608 / 708 SMPTE 436M support in MXF (not including XAVC)
  • Closed Caption Line 21 IMX only
Control
  • xFile framework Client (Win 64bit / Linux 64bit)
  • Watch Folder
  • FIMS Media SOA Framework V1.0.7.
Minimum Configuration*
  • 1 x 4 core 2.5GHz processors
  • 1 or more GPUs (Multiple cards should be matched)
System Memory
SD/HD up to 3 GPUs, 16GB
up to 6 GPUs, 32GB
4K up to 3 GPUs, 64GB
up to 6 GPUs, 128GB
  • NVIDIA DRIVER (See NVIDIA website)
  • AMD DRIVER (See AMD website)
  • AMD Driver FirePro™ (See AMD website)
NVIDIA GPU support (min. 2GB memory)
NVIDIA Geforce GTX
NVIDIA Quadro
NVIDIA Tesla
AMD GPU support (min. 2GB memory)
AMD FirePro
AMD HD6000
AMD HD7000
AMD R7 Series
AMD R9 Series
AMD Pro WX-series GPU


* Trial feature
** Conversion times will vary depending on hardware specification. 
*** Not all variants of each range have been verified by SAM Engineering.

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