Supported Raw Camera Formats

dt logo 1.5inchDrastic software and hardware products support a wide variety of camera raw devices, from standard files like DNG/cDNG, through esoteric files like fhgDI, to new and emerging formats like MLV.  This article lists the supported raw files type, and which Drastic software they work best in.

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Downloads

These are direct links to the download areas for Drastic's software.  Near each link is a link to the information page for that product.

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ProRes Color Shifts In Post Production

prores chipProRes itself is very well defined, and should be completely shift free in the YCbCr domain at 10 bits per component.  The transform to YCbCr from RGB can be specified within the compressed frame, and this same specification can be used to properly convert YCbCr to RGB.  With both 4:2:2 and 4:4:4 variants and the metadata/compatibility of the MOV container, ProRes should be an ideal format for post production.  This article explores why it often isn't.

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IndieCam MOV File Reader Configuration

dt logo 1.5inchThe IndieCam cameras are small, light, HD and 2K recording RAW bayer pattern cameras.  They provide the raw data via HD-SDI by embedding it into a SMPTE standard signal that can be recorded by most uncompressed recorders.  Because the type marked by the recorder is SMPTE YCbCr 10 (v210 in general), the RAW data cannot be automatically detected.  To use these files in Assimilate Scratch and MediaReactor, the system must be set up to re-label these files.

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Test Media

This area has test files that can be used as 'known good' source files to test Drastic MediaReactor, MediaNXS, Titan DDRs, DrasticPreview and other Drastic products.

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Supported Audio/Video Hardware

vidhw chipDrastic supports a wide variety of audio and video hardware for products such as MediaNXS, videoQC and DrasticDDR. The current product families Drastic supports are AJA, BlueFish444 and Blackmagic adapters for audio/video I/O, and AMD or NVidia for video processing. For a more detailed list of hardware and versions, please continue reading.

 

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Combining Multiple Audio/Video Channels

Drastic Digital Disk Recorders that include more than one channel of HD or SD I/O (VVW 5002/3/4, VVW 7002, Typhon 2) may be used to combine some or all of the inputs and outputs into a single control channel. In this state only one channel appears to the RS-422, GUI or network control system, but when media is recorded or played, two or more channels of I/O are run locked together.  Please note:  This article has been superseded and it is here for reference only.

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NewTek NDI ® Setup

NewTekNDILogoNewTek's NDI ® interface is a powerful network video transport that allows simple, high quality video and audio signals to be transported across standard tcp/ip networks.  Drastic supports NDI ® in most of its products, including videoQC, 4kScope, sdiScope and the Network Video Analyzer.  This article contains information on setting up NDI ® sources in Drastic software.

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How to License Drastic Products

lic chipDrastic's software products install and will run in demo mode, with a number of restrictions (10 second media duration, watermarks, length of run limitations, may not see the hardware, nag screens, auto-shutoff etc.). For testing, we recommend getting a temporary license, which uses the same process as getting your permanent license in case you should decide to purchase the software. 

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Net-X-Copy - Camera Card Info

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Net-X-Copy is part of the Net-X-Convert/Net-X-Proxy workstation and Net-X-Code server software. It supports, among other things, extracting clips from a native card format from cameras like P2, C300/700, Red, XDCam, AVCHD, AS-02, AS-11, GV Infinity and others. It extracts a list of clips, and then a list of elements within those clips and any camera/workflow specific metadata. This article contains the Linux/OS-X/Windows command line API for this tool.  A RESTful API is also available.

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Closed Caption Format Support

verifycc iconDrastic products generally support closed captions.  Video I/O products can capture and play back closed caption information.  MediaReactor can convert closed caption formats along with the video and audio files.  videoQC products can decode and display both 608 and 708 captions for preview and confidence monitoring.  For some captions, default language/fonts can be set up, which are described here.

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Net-X-Copy - Metadata Extraction

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Net-X-Copy is part of the Net-X-Convert/Net-X-Proxy workstation and Net-X-Code server software. It supports, among other things, extracting an XMP XML of the metadata in a media file or series of media files. It extracts both the basic information for each channel and any camera/workflow specific metadata. This article contains the Linux/OS-X/Windows command line API for this tool.  A RESTful API is also available.

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Advanced Time Code Setup

tc chipDrastic products like DrasticDDR and MediaNXS support a wide variety of time code sources. The default selectable configurations will usually be the correct ones for most standard workflows.  For other workflows, the time code sources can be more finely controlled. 

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MRAnalyze - Command Line Interface

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MRAnalyzer is a command line tool that compares an original media file with a compressed version of that file to determine the quality of the compression and note any major compression errors.  It supports the traditional PSNR as well as the more accurate SSIM and MS-SSIM.  It is part of the videoQC and Net-X-Code toolsets.  This article contains the Linux/OS-X/Windows command line API for this tool.

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GPI Configuration

gpi chipMost Drastic DDR and video I/O products (like MediaNXS, DTReplay, SyncControl Pro) support a variety of GPI interfaces. Because of the variety of hardware and usage types, the GPI configuration is an advanced configuration. This document describes the setup and use of GPI devices with Drastic DDR, MediaNXS and other Drastic software.

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Net-X-Copy - Partial File Restore

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Net-X-Copy is part of the Net-X-Convert/Net-X-Proxy workstation and Net-X-Code server software. It is designed to convert audio/video files from one type to another and to perform partial file restores from indexed and non indexed files on disk, tape or cloud. This article contains the Linux/OS-X/Windows command line API for this tool.  A RESTful API is also available.

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Net-X-Copy - Create, Convert & Proxy

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Net-X-Copy is part of the Net-X-Code server and Net-X-Convert/Proxy workstation software. It is designed to convert audio/video/media files to proxy or broadcast/post files, mix audio, extract metadata, and create one or more jpeg preview images.  It can also embed captions into output files like MXF and MOV, and replace the audio or video tracks of a source file during conversion. This article contains the Linux/OS-X/Windows command line API for this tool.

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ccExtract - Extract or Convert CC

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ccExtract is part of the ccConvert and Net-X-Code workstation and server software. ccExtract is designed to extract caption tracks from MXF, MOV, h.264, MPEG-2, TS, etc. to SCC/MCC, and to convert between standard caption formats like VTT, XML, EBU, SMPTE DCP, YouTube, Apple, Avid and others. This article contains the Linux/OS-X/Windows command line API for for this tool. A RESTful API is also available.

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Drastic DT3D Stereo File

dt logo 1.5inchThe Drastic DT3D stereo file is an XML based re-director file that can merge two separate 'eye' files into a stereo pair, as well as adding audio and optional closed captioning. The stereo file reader will open two video files of the same file type, and internal compression type, and an optional set of audio files, and combine them for 3D use in videoQC, DrasticDDR, MediaNXS, MediaReactor and other Drastic products.

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videoQC/4kScope macOS Validation

MacOSX UniversalApple's High Sierra operating system has changed the validation system, especially for applications downloaded from the internet. This has caused some systems to go into a 'validation loop' that stops our videoQC and 4kScope software from running, as the Apple validation never completes.  We are working on fixing this, but in the meantime, there is a way to stop the validation so our software can run.

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ccEmbed - Embed Captions MXF/MOV

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ccEmbed is part of the ccConvert and Net-X-Code workstation and server software. It is designed to take MCC or SCC closed caption files and embed them into output MXF, MOV, etc.  It supports re-wrapping the source audio/video, as well as converting while embedding.  This article contains the Linux/OS-X/Windows command line API for this tool.  A RESTful API is also available.

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RS-422 Splitter Cable

rs422 chipWhen working with RS-422 protocols (Sony 422, Odetics, Pioneer, VDCP, etc) it is often useful to directly monitor the incoming, return or both serial streams.  This is a cable that can be built to use two RS-422 ports to monitor one or both streams. 

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Using IP Video Streaming Sources

dt logo 1.5inchDrastic software supports a number of IP video standards in videoQC, Net-X-Code and other products.  To access these streams, a URL style string is used to describe them.  For some sources, like RTSP, this string is fairly standard.  For others, like NDI, a URL style has been developed to allow those streams to be specified.  Currently, udp://, rtp://, rtsp://, ndi://, s2022:// and s2110:// are supported.  This document describes the URLs' format in more detail.

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4kScope AJA Shared Mode

dt logo 1.5inch4kScope can be set up to share an AJA board with products like Adobe Premiere, Avid Media Composer, Assimilate Scratch, Autodesk Flame, Digital Vision Nucoda, Grass Valley Edius, and others.  This mode is available on Windows, MacOS/OS-X and Linux. This article explains how it works and how it can be set up.

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OpenMXF support

dt logo 1.5inchDrastic software supports the OpenMXF specification extension to the SMPTE MXF specification (SMPTE 377M). The advantage of OpenMXF is that while the file is still recording (open) you can read it in many popular servers and editing applications.

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Tutorials

howto chipThis article contains video tutorials on various Drastic Products including videoQC, 4kScope/NetworkVideoAnalyzer, Net-X-Code, MediaNXS and DrasticPreview.  To see all our tutorials, please visit our YouTube page.

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Controlling videoQC

videoqc logo 3smallvideoQC can be called by external applications with command line parameters, keyboard/mouse, cut/paste and via a full REST/HTML command set. If there is already an instance of the application running, the parameters will be transferred to the running instance, and the called one will exit.  This is especially useful where the workflow requires the system to display particular aspects of a clip in an automated fashion.

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Setting up Amazon S3 AWS Access

dt logo 1.5inchAll of Drastic's version 6 or greater software supports authenticating directly with Amazon via AWSAccessKeyId/SecretKey through an https transport. This is most useful for Net-X-Code's partial file restore system, but can also be used from videoQC, MediaNXS or MediaReactor.  Accessing these resources requires a second level of setup, beyond the basic software setup, and this article provides an overview on that process.

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Drastic Metadata Elements

meta chipDrastic software supports a wide range of metadata elements.  These elements are stored within the actual media files when available, and also stored in a sidebar XMP file, using both the standard, and a custom DTD, with the Adobe specification.  Please see each file format's specification for its metadata.  The XMP file metadata format is outlined here.

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4KScope - Training Mode

4k 1004KScope version 6 and greater includes a training mode for use at educational institutions that purchase 4KScope. It is also available free for personal use. In this mode, the various scopes can be accessed using internal multi pattern video to practice or learn how to use waveform monitors/vectorscopes.  All of the video scopes are enabled in this mode, and it does not require any hardware.

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Drastic Log Format

dt logo 1.5inchThe Drastic LOG format uses the same basic layout as a LOG/~ALG/~ALE. The main differences are the 'Type:' header and the file name in the comment. The comment is broken up into two sections: The initial comment after the ';' and a file name after a second ';'. This page describes the exact file format used for the Drastic log format.

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Drastic EDL Format

dt logo 1.5inchThe Drastic EDL format uses the same basic layout as a CMX, GVG or Sony 91xx series EDL. The main differences are the 'Type:' header and the file name in the comment. The comment is broken up into two sections: The initial comment after the ';' and a file name after a second ';'. This page describes the exact format used.

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VTR Control Setup

dt logo 1.5inchIn QuickClip, QuickClipXO, MediaNXS, DTouch, VVW Series DDRs and Titan Series DDRs, VTRs appear as EXT (external) channels. External channels can be set up in either LocalConfig, DDRConfig or the Drastic Setup Wizard utilities.  This page describes the settings in detail to allow customization or advanced setup.

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Linux Requirements for Drastic software

linuxlogosmallMost Drastic software is available on Linux x86_64 as well as Windows (32/64) and OS-X (32/64).  Linux testing is done on RedHat, Centos and Ubuntu (Debian base), but due to the variety of flavors of these base distributions, it is important to check that all the required support libraries are included in your distribution.  This article outlines the absolute minimum packages required to run any Drastic software.

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WMVCore.DLL not found error

dt logo 1.5inchOne of the file format plugins (dtx_aWMFDirect.d1x) for Windows 32 and 64 relies on Microsoft Windows' media components.  With some versions of Windows, like Vista Business or 7/8/8.1/10 KN, Microsoft does not include these components by default.  To fix this error, you can either delete the dtx_aWMFDirect.d1x and dt_WinMedia.d1x from the installation folder, which will disable WMV/ASF read/write, or install the missing components from Microsoft.  

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Controlling 4KScope

4k 1004KScope supports both command line parameters and keyboard control.  This command line parameters can be used to allow 4KScope to open automatically on startup in the mode and size required. The keyboard commands can be used to capture compressed and uncompressed frames directly from the incoming signal.

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Controlling DrasticPreview

dp logoDrasticPreview and DrasticPreview Pro can be called by external applications with command line parameters.  If there is already an instance of the application running, the parameters will be transferred to the running instance, and the called one will exit.  This is especially useful where the workflow requires the system to display particular aspects of a clip in an automated fashion.

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Net-X-Code Quick Start

netxcode logosmallIf you have followed the quick start setup in the manual, your server is now ready to demonstrate all the major features of the Net-X-Code tool set. The easiest way to to do this is to install the demo media zip, and follow the steps below.

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Drastic YCbCr Codec for Windows

dt logo 1.5inchDeprecated:  The Drastic Technologies YCbCr codec for QuickTime, Video For Windows (VFW/ICM) and Direct Show allows third party applications to use files (AVI and MOV primarily) generated by VVW, Titan Series, QuickClip and MediaReactor.  Please note, this codec has been deprecated.  The new codecs are available as part of the MediaReactor Workstation.  The original codec with updated installers is still available here.

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DTMediaRead Pipe Utility

dt logo 1.5inchThe DTMediaRead SDK now includes a utility called dtmrpipe. This utility allows the user to 'pipe' out uncompressed YUV2 or BGRA video data to another application. It can also be used to pipe an uncompressed stereo audio stream in 16 or 32 bit little endian. This is useful for feeding other applications, such as ffmpeg, with the output of file formats, types or codecs it doesn't support.

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FileBrowse Parameters

dt logo 1.5inchDrastic server software includes an HTTP server for local or remote control / access from a standard web browser. One of the files, FileBrowse.html, allows for file selection from selected drives using the web browser. Depending on the command line, FileBrowse can be used to save, load, add, or open files without direct access to the file system.

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Simple Quality Measurement (MRAnalyze)

mr wks logoMediaReactor includes tools it uses to automatically check QA translations using industry standard metrics.  This tool, called MRAnalyze, can be used in conjunction with DrasticPreview Pro to provide both objective and subjective analysis of converted or recaptured video material.  This article provides an overview on how these tools work and can be applied to various video workflows.

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