Kronos XF Architecture

Kronos XF Architecture

In the xFile 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.

Evolve your installation as your needs change

xFile License

Flexible licensing

The SAM xFile 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 when you need to use them.

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.

Soccer player

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.

Interface image

Technical Specification

File Wrapper
  • MXF OP1a
  • MOV (ProRes / DNxHD/ JPEG 2000 / DNxHR/ AVC-1 / xDCam / DV (decode only)
  • MTS (AVCHD only)
  • MJ2 (JPEG 2000 only)
  • MP4 (H.264 Long GOP only)
  • MPG/TS (MPEG2)
Video Formats
  • SD, HD and 3Gbps broadcast video
  • 2K/4K and custom resolutions up to 8K
  • Custom frame rate (12-300Hz)
Video Codecs
  • DNxHD
  • DNxHR
  • DV - DV25/DVCPro25/DVCPro50/DVCPro100
  • XDCAM HD
  • 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)
  • MPEG2
  • H.264 (Long GOP)
  • Audio
  • PCM audio pass-through
  • AAC (H.264 Long GOP only)
  • Audio Stream Routing
  • Audio Channel Shuffling
Retiming Modes
  • Constant retime
  • Retime with protected segments (configured via marker file or Xfile client)
Duration Adjustment
  • Percentage Squeeze / Stretch
  • Time Squeeze / Stretch
  • Target Duration
  • Job Specific (Retime with protected segments)
Retiming Processing
  • Constant retime
  • Audio pitch correction / re-sampling
  • Cadence maintained (2:2 / 2:3 / Mixed / Custom)
  • Discontinuous cadence repaired
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 / HDR10) to SDR (BT709) using SAM’s Advanced Tone Mapping
  • HDR (PQ / S-Log3 / HLG / HDR10) to HDR (PQ / S-Log3 / HLG / HDR10)
Control
  • 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)
Metadata
  • Closed Caption 608 / 708 SMPTE 436M support in MXF (not including XAVC)
  • Closed Caption Line 21 IMX only
GPU Support (min 2Gb for SD /HD, min 4Gb for 4K)
  • Nvidia:
GeForce GTX
Quadro
Tesla
  • AMD:
AMD FirePro™
AMD HD 6000 Series**
AMD HD 7000 Series**
AMD R7 Series**
AMD R9 Series
AMD RX Series
AMD Pro WX-series GPU

Conversion times will vary depending on hardware specification.

* Trial feature

** These cards have not been verified by SAM Engineering

Download technical specification