Brevity to offer 4K and motion compensated frame rate conversion

Editor | 13-12-2013

Content transport and simultaneous transcoding solution provider Brevity is to support the push by broadcasters into the world of 4KTV.

Brevity, which claims to have brought to market the first simultaneous transport and transcoding solution and super-accelerated file delivery, will now offer its newly integrated 4K and motion compensated frame rate conversion capabilities, enabling 4K workflows and frame rate conversion on-the-fly.

Explaining why it is making its move, Brevity said that moving 4K files across a wide area network has been considered impractical and expensive due to large file sizes. It calculates that a single, full-aperture 4KTV frame in a DPX sequence is 48MB, and just five minutes of content at 24 frames per second results in a 172GB file. Brevity says that with its simultaneous super-accelerated transport and transcoding, moving these large files between remote locations — for example between a post-house and a VFX house — no longer presents a challenge. Indeed the company claims that its algorithms can reduce a 4K DPX sequence by up to 95% of its original size.

It adds that its pipelined protocol can transcode those files into editorial formats such as ProRes or DNxHD on-the-fly while the file is being transported, for “unparalleled” workflow efficiency. The patented pipelined transport and transcode protocol also allows its customers to simultaneously transcode the footage to other formats so that a 4K DPX sequence could arrive at its destination not only in its original format, but also as a ProRes or DNxHD file for editorial, and as an H.264 daily.

“The size of 4K files presented major challenges for our customers,” said Kevin Norris, president and CEO of Brevity. “Our solution is unique and delivers the best results for sharing these large files. Episodic TV and feature film productions are embracing 4K, and now with our help, more of our customers can easily transport and transcode these high quality files.”