Sequence of Images Options (DPX, TGA, etc)

Drastic software supports a wide range of still image formats including TIFF, TGA, DPX, CINEON, PSD, SGI, VPB, ARI, RAW and others.  They are processed as a series of images to create a video stream.  How they are processed can be controlled by a number of configuration settings.

Writing Images

When writing series of stills, there are a number of options available. They are configurable through the registry in version 3.x (HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Drastic Technologies) and the DDRConfig/config.xml in version 4 and greater. The setup is in this key:



<DefaultScale> / <DefaultRate>

If there is no indication of frame rate in the stills' headers or the sidebar XML file, these elements set the default rate or frames per second.  Common scale / rate combinations are:
1 / 24 = 24 fps
1001 / 20000 = 23.98 fps
1 / 25 = 25 fps
1001 / 30000 = 29.97 fps
1 / 30 = 30 fps




When set to one, the DPX produced will include a discreet specific extension for Flame, Flint, Inferno, Smoke, Combustion and other Discreet products.




Normally we write version 2.0 or greater DPX files. For compatibility with older software packages you can force us to write version 1.0 DPX files.




Normally time codes are written directly from the input into the file. This will write any time code received in any order. If this is set to 1, then the time code will be overridden from the first frame's time code. From the first frame the time code will continue without interruption.



This allows you to embed the time code into the name of the graphic image. This can be set up in a number of ways:
  • 0 = Do not embed time code in file name
  • 1 = Use the frame value of the time code as the numeric part
  • 2 = Embed the starting time code (initial) as a string in each file name
  • 3 = Embed the starting time code and user bit (initial)
  • 99 = Embed the starting time code with a tc=


Change the character used to separate the base name and the numeric portion of the file name. Normally it is a '_' or '.'. It should be one character long. The format is:

so, '_' would be
or '.' would be


Reading Images

Often when reading a series of still images there is no way to determine the frame rate they should be played at.  DPX files do contain a frame rate in their headers, but it is most often set to invalid, or is sometimes wrong.  To set a default frame rate for your system, there are a number of places you can change it.  In each case, it is a Rate/Scale setting that you will be changing.  The most common Rate/Scale combinations are:


Rate  Scale  Frame Rate 
60  60p 
60000  1001  59.94p 
50  50p 
30 1 30p
30000 1001 29.97p/59.94i
25 1 25p/50i
24 1 24p
24000 1001 23.98p


When loading a series of stills where the frame rate is unknown, the reader will look for a default rate and scale in the following places, in the following order.  Once one is found, it stops looking:

  • A local metadata xml file in the same directory as the stills, with the same base name.  A sample file is available at the end of this article
  • In the config.xml, the <MediaReactor> <MetaData> <Default> OriginalScale and OriginalRate keys
  • In the config.xml, the <MediaReactor> <PlugIns> <DTLiveStills>  DefaultScale and DefaultRate keys
  • The default rate of any hardware Drastic software is using directly (e.g. DrasticPreview Pro, MediaNXS, DrasticDDR, etc)


The config.xml is a standard text xml, and it is available in these locations:





/Library/Application Support/Drastic/config.xml






Sample XML Metadata File:


<?xml version="1.0"?>
<?xml-stylesheet type="text/xsl" href="/"
<dtm:dtm xmlns:dtm=""
   <dtm:Description dtm:about="default*.dpx">