Quantel Rio – Complete Color Editing & Finishing Tool

Quantel Rio – Complete Color Editing & Finishing Tool

High performance online editing, color and finishing for HD, UHD, 4K and 8K

Quantel Rio – Complete color, editing and finishing tool

High performance online editing, color and finishing

The QuantelTM name has been synonymous with innovation and excellence in post-production since the birth of digital systems. Quantel Rio is the latest name in that proud line – delivering stunning images at any and every resolution, color space and framerate – whatever today’s rapidly-changing industry throws at it. Quantel Rio has the power to handle the whole job interactively through its comprehensive online editing, color correction and finishing toolset.

Whatever the job, Quantel Rio blends quality and creativity in a package that delivers the productivity needed to succeed in movie and TV finishing, getting the whole job done efficiently and without creative limits.


Quantel Rio delivers the ultimate productive post workflow. Thanks to its realtime performance, its complete, integrated toolset that keeps the whole job in the suite, and full integration into today’s file-based workflows, Quantel Rio can handle everything you require from a finishing system – interactively and in realtime, making it the natural choice for client-attended sessions.

To achieve this performance, Quantel Rio runs on enterprise PC hardware that exploits the latest NVIDIA Maximus multi-GPU technology to deliver interactive, realtime working even at 8K 60p.


With native colorspaces stored on disk, Quantel Rio handles Wide Color Gamut (WCG) and HDR grading utilizing a range of transfer curves. Its 32-bit full-float processing provides the best quality results with the highest precision color reproduction output in a range of colorspaces, including REC 2020, ACES, DCI-P3 and REC 709.


Quantel Rio is available in a choice of three turnkey configurations – 2K, 4K and 8K and two software-only options – 4K and the Rio Assist workflow partner for prep, conform and pre-vis.

Collaborative workflows

The Rio Connect™ collaborative workflow engine instantly solves facility scheduling challenges by enabling media sharing between up to eight Quantel Rio systems.

Rio Assist™ is a cost-effective, software-only preparation, conform and pre-vis system for file-based editorial, online finishing and color correction. Rio Assist’s powerful toolset handles all your backroom jobs quickly and efficiently, enabling your customer-attended Quantel Rio sessions to be even more productive.


Quantel Rio supports a wide range of data formats alongside wide color gamut and HDR. These include: OpenEXR, RED HDRx, Apple ProRes 422, Sony F55/65, Arri RAW, Canon, Phantom, Silicon Image, Blackmagic Cinema DNG, Sony XAVC and GoPro.

Neo Nano panelColor Grading Panels

There is a choice of two control panels - Neo and its compact counterpart, Neo Nano. Both provide natural heads-up control of color and seamless interaction with Quantel Rio's comprehensive grading software.


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Neo Panel

Neo Panel

The Neo Panel provides the ultimate correction in color control. It's simple and uncluttered layout gives fast access to Quantel Rio's comprehensive grading toolset.

The all-in-one design looks great on grading suite, with the OLED displays and EL-illuminated buttons allows you to find all your functions and presets, setting and controls at a glance. 

The Neo Panel can even be configured for left or right-handed use, but swapping over the secondary and transport control panels.

Care Support

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Securing overall performance is essential to maintaining end-user satisfaction, which in turn results in sustaining and growing revenue. It is important to take steps to limit the risk of incidents taking place through fault prevention and planning and, if incidents do occur, to ensure that downtime is as short as possible.

To ensure you get the most from your investment, SAM offers comprehensive support packages to suit your needs. Built on a foundation of over 30 years’ experience in supporting broadcast and post-production systems, SAM Care provides a highly skilled 24x7 technical help desk, committed response times, software maintenance support and operates a worldwide spare parts service from over 20 warehouse locations across the globe.

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Quantel Rio 4K offers a wide range of configuration choices

  • Available as software only or as a turnkey solution with various options
  • Storage architecture – local workspace, SAN, NAS or a combination
  • Support for up to 1 or 2 Tesla Kepler K80 GPUs
  • Grading control surface - Neo, Neo Nano or no panel at all
  • File and Video workflow

Key Features

  • Supports HDR and native color space media (providing wider color gamuts) with 32-bit floating-point or 16-bit half-float processing.
  • Runs on COTS hardware
  • Uses Nvidia Maximus multi-GPU technology for maximum interactive performance
  • Includes Edit, MLTFX, Effects (including Paint), Utilities and Scribe modules
  • Real-time interactive operation on images up to 6K 16 bit and beyond
  • Full stereo toolset includes geoFix for auto geometry fixing, autobalance for color matching of eyes, X/Y vergence and floating window controls


Quantel Rio Options

  Software Turnkey

Rio Assist

Quantel Rio 4K

Quantel Rio 2K

Quantel Rio 4K

Quantel Rio 8K

AJA Kona 4 option option yes yes -
AJA Corvid 88 - option - option yes (x4)
Neo - option option option option
Neo Nano option option option option option
2K Output yes yes yes yes yes
4K Output - yes yes yes yes
4K 50/60p Output* - yes - yes yes
VTR Serial Control I/F - yes yes yes yes
Dual Monitor Support - yes yes yes yes
Multiple GPU Support - yes - yes yes
MLTFX yes yes yes yes yes
Scribe yes yes yes yes yes
Utilities yes yes yes yes yes
Effects (Paint) - yes yes yes yes
Mocha Tracker yes yes yes yes yes
Minimum Workspace - - 6.3TB Internal Raid 5 Storage 8.5hrs HDRGB @25fps 1 x 36TB SAS array 12hrs 3840x2160 @25fps 3 x 36TB SAS array 5.5hrs 7680x4320 @60fps
Maximum Workspace - - 2 x 36TB SAS arrays 88hrs 2048x1080 @25fps 6 x 36TB SAS arrays 72hrs 3840x2160 @25fps 18 x 36TB SAS arrays 33hrs 7680x4320 @60fps

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