SMPTE2NET/SDI2NET is part of the Net-X-Code server software. These tools convert from SDI, SMPTE2110 or NDI to NDI, UDP, RTP, or SRT. The include command line parameters that can do basic configuration for automated or remote operation.
ProRes itself is very well defined, and should be completely gamma/color 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.
4KScope and HDRScope have the ability to use multiple inputs as individual inputs for some video capture boards (like AJA, Bluefish444 and some Blackmagic boards). When setting it up this way, you will lose the ability to do multi cable input for dual link, QHD/4K and other modes. Each input will be limited to one BNC. This setup can be easily reverted when not needed.
Some Drastic software now supports the Blackmagic series of DeckLink and Intensity cards. Blackmagic has a wide range of current and legacy cards. This article lists the in house and third party tested Blackmagic cards and provides some useful operational tips.
Many of the tools in ccConvert, videoQC and Net-X-Code can be run as command line tools, as well as via REST API. With command line tools, there are ways to set up automated processes, from interpreted languages (such as PHP and PERL), from full programming environments, and from batch files and watch folder utilities. This article describes setting up one such watch folder utility as a template for setting up your own workflows.
The 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.
Drastic supports a wide variety of audio and video hardware for products such as 2110Scope/HDRScope/4KScope/sdiScope, videoQC and Net-X-Code Server. 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.
Many modern productions require sending out multiple versions of shows to multiple groups. A single in-process show will require versions to be sent for captioning, audio composition/mixing, ratings, producer proof, edit check and QA. To facilitate this, without using creative workstations, Net-X-Code allows you to set up to 10 targets and produce 10 watermarked/time coded/named versions of a show at one time.
There are a huge variety of MXF types and directory styles. This article goes through some of the most common types, and describes how they are used in Net-X-Code (Multi Software Server System), MediaNXS (HD-SDI I/O software), videoQC (HD-SDI/VGA media player, with analysis, reports, scopes and more), and MediaReactor Workstation (Adobe/Apple/Avid/SCRATCH plugins) software.
When using Drastic software on Windows, for some operations the network settings must be altered to allow for the performance necessary for the workflow. This includes Net-X-Code for UDP/RTP/RTSP streams, SMPTE 2022-6, and SMPTE 2110 streams, and any other workflow that requires high throughput from the Windows network stack.
Drastic'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.). To remove these restrictions and access the full functionality of the software you will need to get at least a temporary license.
4KScope, HDRScope, and 2110Scope support 8, 10, and 12 bit color in both YCbCr 4:2:2 and RGB 4:4:4 modes. Correct measurement of signals require the correct setup of the bit depth, color format, primaries and transfer mode of the signal you are measuring. This article covers the most common configurations.
Various Drastic products support closed caption decode and display. Video I/O products such as Net-X-Code Server can capture and output closed caption information. MediaReactor can convert closed caption formats along with the video and audio files. videoQC (Pro level and above) 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.
Version 7 or greater Drastic software supports writing a proxy file at the same time as it writes the main file when transcoding files, capturing from IP compressed sources (NDI, RTP, UDP, RTSP, TR-01, TR-03), capturing from uncompressed IP streams (SMPTE 2022, 2110), and from SDI (12G/6G/3G/1.5G), or HDMI. The proxy creation is available on a per channel basis, and is automatic once set up. The proxy can also use the Net-X-Player HTML5 player to play back the file while it is still recording, allowing for time code accurate clipping of the proxy or main file.
Drastic products like DrasticDDR and Net-X-Code Server 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.
Net-X-Code can be run on local servers, local VMs or cloud based VMs. The VMs can be using RedHat/Centos, Windows, Windows Server, or even Docker. File access methods include local file systems, network shares (smb, nfs, etc.), or cloud storage (aws s3, google cloud, https, ftp), Any mix is allowed for both conversion, capture and scanning/proxy generation.
Most 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.
Avid Interplay/MediaCentral provide a convenient method to share media and projects among a group of Media Composer stations or other Avid products. Drastic's Net-X-Code Server supports direct communication with Avid Interplay/MediaCentral servers, include checkin, direct write and edit while capture (EWC) when using the Net-X-Convert module (file to file) or Net-X-SDI (SDI/IP to file).
HDRScope supports 8, 10, and 12 bit SDI inputs. This article maintains a list of compatible hardware for 10 and 12 bit 4:4:4 RGB signals. Please note, if the board is not on this list, it is likely limited to 8 or 10 bit YCbCr inputs. 10 and 12 bit 4:4:4 require direct SDK access to the board, and are therefore only available on AJA, Bluefish444, Blackmagic and Matrox boards.
MediaReactor Workstation and MediaReactor Lite add support for a wide variety of file formats to Avid Media Composer, including HEVC, AS-02, IMF, DNG, VRAW, CDX, YUV, and many more. These files can include a mix of audio rates (normally 44.1, 48 or 96 kHz), and Media Composer requires some setup to allow them to be used in a standard project.
Drastic software outputs a lot of information when running. Working with our APIs and command line tools, having the debug logging can help sort out interface and programming issues. Storing these logs locally, off via a syslog server, can also help sort out issues by comparing the unexpected behavior to the corresponding time in the logs.
The 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, Net-X-Code Server, MediaReactor and other Drastic products.
Autodesk's creative software, Flame/Flare/Smoke/Lustre, support MediaReactor's file import so that the wide array of Drastic supported files can be read and used directly in your projects. Autodesk supports two modes of import: 16 bit half float and 16 bit integer. Each has its advantages and disadvantages, which will be discussed here.
Drastic Technologies' VTR and DDR products include the necessary conversion hardware for RS-232 (your computer's serial port) to RS-422 (broadcast VTRs and controllers). If you are evaluating Drastic DDR software such as MediaNXS, you will need to set up this conversion to test the serial control capabilities of the system.
Net-X-Code is normally run on a server, where the parts of Net-X-Code run automatically as services. For some applications, only part of Net-X-Code needs to be run, or it only needs to be run some of the time. This article explains how to set up Net-X-Code server on Windows so that its parts can be run manually.
Net-X-Code Server supports loop recording of multiple bitrate HLS streams from IP or SDI sources. Setting this up requires configuration of the capture component and HLS adaptive bitrate settings. This article covers the SDI and IP capture. For the ABR setup, see https://www.drastic.tv/support-59/supporttipstechnical/303-multirate-hls-dash-setup
Drastic software can read many file formats which it does not natively understand. Formats that have a fixed video frame size and are logically organized can be described using the industry standard HDR text file format (NOTE: Not the still image HDR). This page describes the file format.
Drastic conversion and capture software support single rate and multirate file recording and conversion. Up to 10 different bitrate/fps/size variants are supported per multirate output. The actual files may be TS, MP4 or DASH/Fragmented MP4 with associated MDP and HLS files for live replay of recording files, and automatic adaptation to varying connection conditions.
All Drastic server digital disk recorder (DDR) products have a built in web server for local use. If you have a VVW Series, Titan Series, ClipRecorder, or IngestGate server, or the Network Control option for QuickClip version 3.x, then you can also use this web server from any network attached machine.
NewTek®'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 Net-X-Code Server, videoQC, sdiScope/ndiScope, 4KScope, HDRScope, and 2110Scope. This article contains information on setting up NDI sources in Drastic software.
eMAM provides a number of integrations with Drastic products including Net-X-Code, Net-X-Convert, and Net-X-Proxy. For most cases, the main configuration is done within eMAM itself. In the case of live capture, configuring the Drastic server to send messages to eMAM allows eMAM to detect new records, and allows the user to access them while they are still recording. This article has the details for that setup.
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.
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/macOS/Windows command line API for this tool. A RESTful API is also available.
Drastic 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.
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/macOS/Windows command line API for this tool. A RESTful API is also available.
MRAnalyze 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 Server toolsets. This article contains the Linux/macOS/Windows command line API for this tool.
Net-X-Copy is part of the Net-X-Convert, Net-X-Proxy, 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/macOS/Windows command line API for this tool. A RESTful API is also available.
The 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.