Quasar XF - Technology

Quasar XF - Technology

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Picture perfect

Low quality format conversion can introduce unwanted artefacts such as jaggies and tearing, and suffer from loss of vertical resolution on both static and moving regions. 

Quasar XF eliminates such artefacts by using its intelligent adaptive motion processing and carefully optimized filters to provide the ultimate image quality for all types of content. 

Quasar XF provides consistent high quality pictures for up, down and cross conversions giving broadcasters the competitive edge, and content owners the piece of mind that their valued content is being enjoyed the way they intended. 

Working with stills, fast action, graphics and captions, Quasar XF ensures the fine detail in each and every pixel is preserved to offer clear, sharp images.

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Eliminates any artefacts by using intellingent adaptive motion processing

Our finest de-interlacer is now available.

Quasar XF offers our latest intelligent adaptive de-interlacing to provide the sharpest pictures ever. Using a robust motion detector, our technology can intelligently soft switch the optimum de-interlacing mode on a pixel by pixel basis to ensure each pixel maintains the maximum possible resolution.

Each de-interlacing mode has been carefully engineered to focus on a particular property of real images. These include static, vertical temporal and diagonal apertures of varying gradients. The use of soft switching avoids switching artefacts which can otherwise look more objectionable than the original interlace artefacts.

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Motion estimation has just got better!

A motion estimator usually works on a local basis in the picture and measures not only the existence of motion but also its speed and direction. For frame rate conversion the output of the motion estimator provide the required motion vectors for picture building.

The motion estimator used in Quasar XF has three major advances over our existing technology.

Multi-scale candidate vector generation.

We have improved the phase correlation process to use multiple block sizes in parallel; this creates a greater range of candidate vectors, and means we don’t have to trade off performance between small, detailed objects whilst still handling a wide motion range.

Gradient-based refinement.

Alchemist XF allows the candidate motion vectors to vary slowly from pixel to pixel, using gradient based techniques to refine the vectors from initial constant values, this gives Alchemist XF improved performance over its predecessors in areas such as zooms, rotations and perspective in a receding landscape.

Vector assignment.

The final step in motion estimation is to assign a motion vector to every pixel from the candidates, it’s imperative to get this process right. If it’s done incorrectly the vector field is noisy, small objects can be missed or behavior at motion boundaries is poor. We have developed a nonlinear filter that provides improved motion performance whilst maintaining the stability of our previous approach.

All new smooth picture building.

The picture builder is the final stage where the Alchemist XF creates new frames. It is at this stage that any problems resulting from inaccurate motion vectors, transparency, very complex motion and other transformations in the picture, may appear as annoying artefacts such as fractures. The new smooth picture building techniques eliminates the presence of such fractures.

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New Adaptive Cadence Technology.

Introducing Adaptive Cadence Technology: the ultimate tool for handling film originated and mixed cadence media.

Our intelligent cadence detection dynamically adapts the conversion aperture to deliver beautifully sharp and fluid moving pictures.

Safeguard your business and deliver content in the exact format your clients specify it without the fear of costly rejections from customers or video-on-demand providers.

 

Technical Specification

File Wrapper
  • MXF OP1a
  • MOV (ProRes / DNxHD / JPEG 2000 / XDCam / DV)
  • MTS (AVCHD)
  • MJ2 (JPEG 2000 only)
  • MP4 (H.264 Long GOP)
  • MPG/TS (MPEG2)
Video Codecs
  • DNxHD
  • DV - DV25/DVCPro25/DVCPro50/DVCPro100
  • XDCAM HD 9Open GOP / Closed GOP)
  • D10 (IMX 30/40/50)
  • AVC-Intra 50/100
  • AVC-Intra RP2027 50/100/200
  • DPX* 10but
  • Apple ProRes
  • JPEG 2000 (Lossy / Lossless / DCI)
  • MTS (AVCHD)
  • XAVC (I-Frame / Long GOP)
Video Formats
  • SD, HD and 3Gbps broadcast video including 1080 23/24/25/29p and psf
  • 2K/4K
Conversion Modes
  • Intelligent adaptive de-interlacing and image scaling
  • Up, down, cross conversion
Audio
  • PCM audio pass-through
  • Audio shuffle
  • Audio gain and delay
  • AAC (48KHz only)
Video Utilities
  • Auto color space conversion
  • Aspect ratio conversion
  • RGB legalization 700/721/735
  • Luma Clipper
  • Luma / Chroma / Black Level
Timecode
  • Timecode handover
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)
  • SDR (BT709) to HDR (PQ / S-Log3 / HLG / HDR10)
Operating Systems
  • Windows (64-bit) server 2012/2008 R2
  • Linux (64-bit) (RedHat / CentOS 6.5/6.6)
Control
  • xFile framework Client (Win 64bit / Linux 64bit Redhat CentOS)
  • Watch Folder
  • FIMS Media SOA Framework V1.0.7.
Minimum Configuration
  • 1 x 4 core 2.5GHz processors
  • 1 or more GPUs (Multiple cards should be matched)
Memory
SD/HD up to 3 GPUs, 16GB
up to 6 GPUs, 32GB
4K up to 3 GPUs, 64GB
up to 6 GPUs, 128GB
  • NVIDIA DRIVER (See NVIDIA website)
  • AMD DRIVER (See AMD website)
  • AMD Driver FirePro™ (See AMD website)
NVIDIA GPU support (min. 2GB memory)
NVIDIA Geforce GTX
NVIDIA Quadro
NVIDIA Tesla
AMD GPU support (min. 2GB memory)
AMD FirePro
AMD HD6000
AMD HD7000
AMD R7 Series
AMD R9 Series
AMD Pro WX-series GPU


* Trial feature
** Conversion times will vary depending on hardware specification.
*** Not all variants of each range have been verified by SAM Engineering.

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