xFile Framework

xFile Framework

File based media processing architecture

World’s best media processing algorithms in software

The xFile-Framework is a software deployable architecture for processing media files in COTS based computing environments.  We use it to support our software based media transformation solutions including Alchemist XF Quasar XF, Kronos XF and MBG XF

  • Immensely scalable
  • Cost effective and flexible license management
  • Simple deployment
  • Easy operations

Immensely scalable

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.

Cost effective and flexible license management

The xFile Framework supports the concept of a “floating” license model. Licenses can be activated against a nominated network license server hardware rather than the hardware responsible for media processing. The primary benefit of this model is many nodes can access a central pool of licenses for use when required.

Because licenses are not tied to specific media processing hardware, you have the flexibility to use a variety of 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 in image processing nodes which are prone to being lost and damaged during everyday use.

xFile Framework architecture

The framework consists of a number of services to support both standalone and distributed installations. The SAM xFile client provides dynamic configuration and monitoring of the various SAM XFile services, and offers intuitive control of the job queue. The SAM xFile Server is responsible for the orchestration of the job queue, licenses, products, profiles and manages the SAM xFile Node, Browser and Watcher services.

The SAM xFile Node is the transformation service which performs all video/audio/metadata processing.

It requires an OpenCL environment as offered by both AMD and NVIDIA GPUs. The SAM xFile Browser provides the client directory listings for local and remote shares to aid the job creation process and the SAM xFile Watcher is used to monitor watch folders and automatically populate jobs into the queue.

xFile framework

Simple deployment

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, the 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.
We have already implemented just such an interface with our Momentum Media Asset Management and Workflow Control software Momentum and can deploy solutions for file based workflows today.

Easy operations

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.

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What our Customers have to say

Virtual Post

“Choosing Jon Lee at Virtual Post and SAM’s Alchemist XF was the best decision that we made for the One Direction “Where we are” concert film. I was astonished to see the way Alchemist XF handled the material. Such a dynamic concert shot with over 40 cameras, with this amount of movement from both the cameras and the performance, was a demanding piece of content.

Jon and I went through the whole film frame by frame and barely spotted any imperfections – the results were virtually perfect. For such a challenging low frame rate conversion, it was the cleanest output I have ever had the pleasure to attend, quite remarkable.”

Jim Parsons, One Direction Producer

Deluxe 142

“SAM has repeatedly delivered outstanding quality to us, hence Alchemist XF was on the top of the list when we decided to review file-based conversion solutions. We have looked at every single application out there and Alchemist has undoubtedly outperformed all by far.

We tested Alchemist XF on a highly challenging american content with a lot of fast motion in it, the output was stunning - none of the jerky motions or ghosting effects that you would normally associate with this type of demanding content. Our clients are global leader in media and broadcasting and we simply cannot afford to offer anything less than the best.”

Chris Watson, Technical Director, Deluxe Media


BTV Post

“Alchemist XF is the answer we have sought for standard conversions that provide unrivalled quality and breathtaking results.

This sets a new benchmark for the conversion of performance content for digital cinema, and films for television and DVD, without ever needing to slow down or speed up again.”

Jon Lee, CTO, BTV Post


Institut für Rundfunktechnik GmbH

“We have purchased Alchemist XF to take our conversion processes up to UHD in our lab as we already made very good experience with the SAM Alchemist Ph.C-HD for live-conversion processes. SAM has high knowledge in conversion algorithms which can be found again in the Alchemist XF. Since we have purchased the software, there have been a few new software releases which we downloaded and installed as instructed. It is great to work with this level of professionals.”

Dagmar Driesnack, Project Manager, IRT



“We have adopted Alchemist XF for handling our file-based format and frame rate conversion in house. We manage a lot of high-profile film content so the quality of the final output is a top priority. Using Alchemist XF gives us an undeniable competitive advantage in our industry. We are delighted with the product.”

Paul Wright, Director of Technology, dragon


WCP Media Services

“This world class product provides us with a robust, scalable software platform that enables seamless file-based frame rate conversion and allows us to bring enhanced quality to our customers. We expect SAM’s renowned knowledge and expertise in high-end image processing technology to enable us to stay at the forefront of the industry, maintaining our excellent reputation and growing our customer base.”

Dr. Ing. Giovanni Contri, VP Operations, WCP Media Services


platin media productions

“We purchased Alchemist XF for our Blu-ray & DVD authoring as well as our online video services to improve the quality of our operation and to optimize our workflow. We were familiar with the premium quality of Alchemist Ph.C-HD but we have become more sensitive to conversion artefacts since and with Alchemist XF SAM has once again raised the benchmark. By improving on the conversion quality and removing complex conversion parameters, Alchemist XF enables us to turn work around fast and save costs.”

Harald Gericke, MD, platin media productions


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xFile Framework

  • Deployable architecture on COTS based IT infrastructure
  • Simple integration using FIMS Media SOA framework V1.0.7l
  • Scalable – single to clusters of nodes
  • Service Oriented Architecture
  • Flexible Licensing model
  • Integrated with Momentum for enterprise level workflow control
  • Windows or Linux
  • Comprehensive Support for Watch folders

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