Alchemist File Architecture

Alchemist File Architecture

In the SAM File framework

Epic scalability

Our framework benefits from a Service Orientated Architecture (SOA) which has been engineered to support a range of deployments from a single node through to a cluster of nodes within a data center.

This SOA design philosophy aids your ability to evolve your installation and allow it to grow as your needs change. Whether you want a centralized job queue managing many processing nodes or singular job queues managing individual nodes, our framework can accommodate your requirements.

The more nodes available the increased ability you have to enable parallel processing of a number of media assets.

All services within the framework can be deployed on Windows and Linux operating systems, or a mixture of the two.

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Flexible Licensing

The SAM File software framework supports the concept of a “floating” license model. Licenses can be activated against a nominated network license server rather than the hardware responsible for image processing. The primary benefit of this model is many nodes can access a central pool of licenses for “on demand” usage.

Because licenses are not tied to specific nodes, you have the flexibility to use a variety of hardware systems and are free to update this hardware without the need to revoke licenses.

Our licenses are securely locked to the nominated license server hardware removing the need for hardware dongles which are prone to being lost and damaged during everyday use.

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Simple integration

The simplest form of automated integration with your workflow management system is achieved using watch folders. Simply nominate a watch folder, drop folder and profile and jobs will automatically be populated into the job queue.

If you seek the next level of control xFile framework offers simple integration via the standardized FIMS (Framework of Interoperable Media Services) Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP) interface.

FIMS is a framework of service definitions for implementing media related operations using a Service Orientated Architecture (SOA) approach. SAM has chosen to support FIMS as we believe doing so will promote interoperability and reusability of services, which will ultimately benefit everyone.

Intuitive interface

Our GUI/client offers simple system configuration and management with intuitive and clear control of the job queue. At a glance you can track which jobs are in progress, see estimated completion times and interrogate both source and destination paths. Job creation is simplified through the use of an integrated browser which offers seamless access to assets on both local and remote shares.

Choose from a selection of preconfigured default profiles or create your own user profile to be applied to a job. Our profile creation widget offers intelligence to help the user generate their desired profile quickly and easily.

Included is a notification system which keeps you up to date with the state of the various framework services and a watch folder configuration widget to quickly and effectively automate the population of your job queue.

Alchemist GUI

Technical Specification


File Wrapper
  • MXF OP1a
  • MOV (Apple ProRes / DNxHD / XDCAM HD/ JPEG 2000 / XDCam / DV)
  • 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)
  • 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
  • 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 handover
  • Closed Caption 608 / 708 SMPTE 436M support in MXF (not including XAVC)
  • Closed Caption Line 21 IMX only
  • SAM File 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)
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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