Kronos File

Kronos File

Delivering faultless media retiming - in software

Kronos File delivering faultless media retiming

Enables run time adjustments of file-based assets with no perceivable quality difference.

  • Offering the best in motion compensated image performance
  • Run time changes of up to +/-20% with audio pitch correction
  • Increase revenue by creating more advert slots
  • Supports constant re-time or re-time with protected segments

Media retiming is flexible and intuitive with Kronos File.

Kronos File benefits from more than two decades of research and experience into the exacting demands of motion compensated interpolation. It couples this “know how” with the latest innovative image processing technique to provide a solution which offers the industry’s best image quality and pitch perfect audio. Dealing with the challenges of today’s complex media, Kronos File seamlessly and transparently retimes media, creating time and money for Service Providers, Broadcasters and Content Owners.

Stunning images every time

Kronos File benefits from SAM's world class Alchemist technology offering the very best in motion estimation, cadence processing and audio pitch correction.

Dealing with the challenges of today's complex media, Kronos File seamlessly and transparently retimes media, creating time and money for Service Providers, Broadcasters and Content Owners.

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Maximise revenue for your business

Promote other valuable content by generating additional air spots. Create media which fits a specific runtime without any perceived quality loss on the video or the audio.

Retime media to squeeze in additional adverts, promote other content and fit a specific playout schedule for international markets.

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Flexible deployment with software and turnkey solutions

The versatile nature of the framework and it's products, such as Kronos File, means it can run on relatively low end, cost effective infrastructure through to state of the art high end enterprise solutions.

Kronos File is available as Professional and Enterprise level turnkey solutions, as well as software only. We can help you make an informed purchasing decision so you don't have to.

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Purchase options available at the online SAM store

Media retiming is flexible and intuitive with Kronos File. Retiming can be specified by percentage, target duration or a defined amount of time.

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.

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This is what you need

Kronos File 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 cluster of Xeon based host machines each running multiple GPUs.

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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
  • 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 SAM file 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)
  • SAM File 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)

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 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
  • 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

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