Quasar XF – File Based Format Conversion Software

Quasar XF – File Based Format Conversion Software

Format conversion software solution with full workflow integration

Intelligent adaptive format conversion

Quasar XF is SAM’s world class intelligent adaptive format conversion for post house and broadcast facilities in an affordable software package. Quasar XF is a truly universal file-based solution, enabling seamless format conversion between SD, HD, 1080p and 4K.

Flexible workflows

Quasar XF can be deployed seamlessly in any simple workflow via nominated watch folders for 24/7 conversion. Utilising XFile integration, Quaser XF can be implemented in complex automated workflows. In this configuration Quasar XF is highly scalable and can be deployed from a single instance through to a cluster of nodes within a data center.

Quasar XF enables Video On Demand package delivery, HD down-conversion and 1080i up-conversion to 4K, and is optimized to deliver stunning pictures for all interlaced and progressive content.

Part of the scalable xFile Framework.

Quasar XF is a component of the xFile Framework alongside Alchemist XF.  This framework is used in both single instances and multi node environments and brings the integration and workflow capabilities expected of modern software installations. Visit xFile Framework for more information and to see it's technology.

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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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Quasar XF combines SAM’s world class intelligent adaptive de-interlacing technology and carefully optimized scaling apertures to ensure each and every frame of video delivers the maximum possible resolution.

  • Delivering breath taking picture quality
  • Deploy it on commodity IT infrastructure from a single node to the cloud
  • Simple integration via watch folders or standardized FIMS SOAP interface

Technical Summary

  • Flexible and reliable video and audio backbone
  • SD, HD and 4K format conversion
  • Support for all common file formats including Apple ProRes 422
  • Gamut Legalizer and luma clipping - guarantees that all output is within legal limits
  • SD to HD color space and aspect ratio conversion
  • Timecode - follow source timecode or specify start timecode for output
  • $4,500 for a single license

Technical Specification

File Wrappers
- MXF OP1a
- MOV (ProRes / DNxHD/ JPEG 2000/ DNxHR/ AVC-I (decode only))
- MTS (AVCHD only)
- MJ2 (JPEG 2000 only)
- MP4 (H.264 Long GOP only)
- MPG (MPEG2 only)
Video Formats
- SD, HD and 3Gbps broadcast standards
- 2K, 4K, and custom resolutions up to 8K
- Custom frame rate (12-300Hz)
Video Codes
- DVCPro 25/50/100/ DV
- 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)
- H.264 (Long GOP)

- PCM audio pass-through
- AAC (H.264 Long GOP only)
- Audio stream routing
- Audio channel / stream shuffle
- Audio gain and delay
Conversion Modes 
- Intelligent adaptive de-interlacing and image scaling
- Up, down, cross conversion
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) to SDR (BT709) using SAM’s Advanced Tone Mapping
- HDR (PQ / S-Log3 / HLG) to HDR (PQ / S-Log3 / HLG)
- xFile Client
- Watch Folder
- FIMS Media SOA Framework V1.0.7
Operating System
- Windows (64-bit) Server 2012/2008R2
- Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 (Apple ProRes not supported)
- Linux (RedHat, CentOS)
- Mac 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
- AMD DRIVER (See AMD website)
- AMD DRIVER FirePro (See AMD website)
Closed Caption 608 / 708 SMPTE 436M
Closed Caption Line 21 IMX only
GPU Support (min 2Gb for SD /HD, min 4Gb for 4K)
GeForce GTX
AMD FirePro™
AMD HD 6000 Series**
AMD HD 7000 Series **
AMD R7 Series**
AMD R9 Series
AMD RX Series

Conversion times will vary depending on hardware specification.
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** These cards have not been verified by SAM Engineering.


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