Alchemist Live - Motion compensated standards converter

Alchemist Live - Motion compensated standards converter

Framerate conversion for Live IP and SDI media streams

Perfection in Motion

Alchemist Live offers the very best motion compensated framerate conversion for Live IP and SDI media streams.

Supporting SD, HD, 1080p, 4K and HDR Alchemist Live provides transparent, artifact free conversion enabling seamless global distribution of live media.


  • The best motion compensation in the world
  • 1 channel of UHD conversion or up to 3 channels of 1080p
  • Supports live IP and SDI media streams
  • HDR/SDR to SDR/HDR conversions
  • SD, HD, 1080p & 4K
  • 4U Turnkey solution
  • Native support for SAM’s Control and Monitoring and IP Routing Controller
  • Stunning image quality delivered no matter how complex the source.
Being able to convert 3 live HD sources at any one time really does enhance my business output and productivity


Phone in a crowd

Alchemist Live consists of software architecture combined with state of the art COTS hardware to offer SAM’s industry leading framerate conversion quality in a convenient and guaranteed 4U turnkey solution.

Engineered for Live broadcast environments, Alchemist Live is built on world renowned Alchemist Ph.C. technology, to offer the next generation of world class motion compensated framerate conversion at 4K.

Alchemist Live offers native support for a single channel of 4K or up to three channels of 1080p making it the most cost effective Alchemist to date. In addition a suite of HDR processing tools are included enabling real-time conversion from SDR to HDR, HDR to SDR and HDR to other HDR formats.

Our technology has been optimized to prevent motion related artifacts in media maintaining clear, sharp and smooth image output without degrading the image quality even at 4K. It allows multiple standards and formats to be streamed across media streams globally all at real-time.

Knowing when I am ready to transition to 4K and Alchemist Live is already compatible, truly helps my business going forward

Alchemist Live Product Range

Alchemist Live SDI offers support for SDI, SD to UHD. UHD is supported via quad link (square division).

Alchemist Live IP offers native support for SMPTE 2110 via 25G host bus adapter. This version is coming in the first half of 2018.

Why choose Alchemist?

Alchemist is recognized in the broadcast community as the gold standard in motion compensated framerate conversion. We live and breathe moving images and have done so for 30 years. Our pioneering research and investment into motion estimation enables Alchemist Live to seamlessly and transparently convert from one framerate to another under all conditions for any live environment.

Alchemist Live provides motion compensated conversion to ensure smooth, fluid and high-quality images – this is particularly the case with live sports, where the content is fast and dynamic. Majority of sports contain multiple objects moving in different directions at a variety of speeds. Inferior solutions can only track one global motion and consequently other moving objects suffer. SAM delivers clear, sharp and fluid images without the need for complex optimization settings and specifically solves the problem of artifacts during live conversion.

Having the ability to convert live media over IP or SDI gives me the option to transition my workflow accordingly


  • World class motion compensation
  • Supports live IP and SDI media streams
  • Native support for SAM's Control and Monitoring and IP Routing Controller
  • Certified Turnkey solution
  • SD, HD, 1080p, UHD & 4K native support
  • New technology optimized to deliver stunning image quality however complex the source.

Alchemist Live offers the very best motion compensated framerate conversion, providing transparent, artifact free conversion for seamless global distribution of live media.

Supported Video Formats

  • SD, HD, 1080p. UHD and 4K (23-60Hz)

Processing channels

  • 1 Channel of UHD/4K conversion
  • 3 Channels of 1080p conversion*

*All 3 inputs must be the same framerate and all 3 outputs must be the same framerate

Conversion Modes

  • Motion Compensated Interpolation

Stream inputs and outputs (for IP version)

  • Dual 25GbE interface
  • TR-03 (with -7 style redundancy)
  • SMPTE 2022-6/-7
  • SMPTE 2110 (when released)
  • TR-04 (with -7 style redundancy)
  • AES67

SDI inputs and outputs (for SDI version)

  • 8 x 75 Ohm SD/HD serial digital interface with 16 channels of embedded audio
  • 3Gbit/s HD-SDI SMPTE 424/425
  • Quad link / Square division for 12G
  • 1.5Gbit/s HD-SDI SMPTE 292M/SMPTE 299M
  • 270Mbit/s SD-SDI SMPTE 259M

Supported Audio Format

  • 16 PCM pass through channels of audio (for IP version)
  • 16 PCM pass through channels of embedded audio (for SDI version)

Control & Monitoring

  • Standard RollCall Interface
  • Standard RollCall logging and reporting


Form Factor

  • 4RU
  • 2000W Dual redundant PSU
  • Linux (Raid 1 OS)


  • 2 x RJ45 GbE LAN ports
  • 1 x RJ45 Dedicated IPMI LAN port
  • 1 x VGA (console)

Video Utilities

  • Color space conversion (REC601 / BT709)
  • RGB Legalization (700/ 721/ 735)
  • Alias Suppression - Horizontal and vertical
  • Aperture - Sharp / Normal / Anti-alias

HDR Processing

  • HDR (PQ/S-Log3/HLG/HDR10) to SDR (BT709, REC601)
  • HDR (PQ/S-Log3/HLG/HDR10) to HDR (PQ/S-Log3/HLG/HDR10)
  • SDR (BT709, REC601) to HDR (PQ/S-Log3/HLG/HDR10)

Reference input

  • SD Bisync, HDTV Triync


  • High framerate conversion, 210ms – 320ms (actual value depends on standards & genlock mode)
  • Low framerate conversion, 420ms - 630ms (actual value depends on standards & genlock mode


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