Cinnafilm To Acquire Wohler’s RadiantGrid Technology Platform
Cinnafilm to Seamlessly Broaden Offerings to its RadiantGrid Customer-base
SAN FRANCISCO, APRIL 24, 2017 – Wohler Technologies, leading manufacturer of video, audio and data monitoring solutions, announces that its RadiantGrid Intelligent Media Transformation Platform is being acquired by Cinnafilm, a global leader in innovative video optimization solutions for television, film and multimedia delivery. As a result of the agreement, intellectual property, products, and support contracts related to the RadiantGrid product platform will be integrated with Cinnafilm’s own technology development to provide ongoing feature enhancements.
Currently using Wohler’s RadiantGrid software platform as the processing framework for its Tachyon Wormhole system, Cinnafilm can now seamlessly deploy its technology to the RadiantGrid customer base.
“Cinnafilm has been partnering closely with Wohler for many years as a worldwide distributor of the Tachyon Wormhole appliance,” said Lance Maurer, president and CEO, Cinnafilm. “Our collaboration with Wohler and the integral use of our Tachyon technology within its RadiantGrid platform made it an obvious and smart decision to acquire RadiantGrid and market it as our own.”
Backed by its dedicated, skilled support and development team, Cinnafilm is committed to enhancing customer experiences with the RadiantGrid system. Wohler will be assisting Cinnafilm during a transitional period to ensure a smooth transferal of support and services for its valued customers with a goal of ensuring minimal to no impact to ongoing services. Further questions or inquiries can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
“With constantly developing standards and the rapid growth in new media distribution platforms, the transfer of the RadiantGrid technology to Cinnafilm will allow Wohler to concentrate on building next generation hardware and software tools within the signal monitoring space, while Cinnafilm focuses on providing world-class customer support and product development of RadiantGrid,” says Mike Kelly, president and CEO, Wohler.
Cinnafilm, Inc. is a global leader in innovative video optimization solutions for television, film, and multimedia delivery. Harnessing the unmatched compute power of modern graphics cards, Cinnafilm’s patented, 100% file-based software solutions are true game changers in the field of high-quality image processing. Cinnafilm software is in use today at many of the world’s premier, forward-thinking studios and networks, solving a wide variety of very complex imaging problems including, but not limited to: restoration and bitrate optimization; noise removal and texture-matching for digital cinema and film; and automatic retiming and standards conversions within real-time transcode workflows.
About Wohler Technologies Inc.
Creating the first in-rack audio monitoring product over 30 years ago, Wohler Technologies continues to develop critical pieces of signal monitoring technology. Adapting to the evolving standards and needs of modern professionals, the company is a leader in providing high-quality, award-winning solutions for advanced audio, video and data monitoring including powerful Audio and Video over IP capabilities. Wohler’s cost-effective solutions ensure reliable signal monitoring for a developing range of signal types, such as Dante, Ravenn/AES67, MPEG2/4 TSoIP, MPEG2/4 TSoASI, UHD/4K and SMPTE 2022-6. Based in Hayward, California, Wohler counts many of the world’s finest broadcast, motion picture and production facilities among its customers. More information about Wohler is available at www.wohler.com.
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The world has finally caught up to Cinnafilm’s original goals; that is, to offer on-demand, professional-grade image processing via an OpEx model. Their solution is called PixelStrings®. Of course, the Cloud makes it possible, but Nvidia® GPUs in the Cloud makes it fly.
“The three founders of Cinnafilm came out of aerospace, superconductors and mainframe IT,” says company co-founder and CEO, Lance Maurer. “At the beginning, we leveraged the only affordable, fast and high-scale computing technology available – GPUs. Our code evolved to saturate the complete potential of the latest Nvidia cards. We have been programming on GPUs since 2004, so we have vast experience in extreme high-performance image processing.”
Over the years, Cinnafilm has leveraged their knowledge of image science, and the physics of noise reduction and signal optimization, to become a recognized leader. The Company’s patented software tools have supplanted legacy hardware solutions, as the sophistication of their code and the power of Nvidia’s GPUs has grown.
“About four years ago we began winning side-by-side shootouts against the industry’s hardware incumbents,” reflects Maurer. “Now, I don’t think we’ve lost an A/B test in about three years.”
Cinnafilm’s product line includes three distinct technologies; Dark Energy®, Tachyon® and Wormhole. Dark Energy has been a noise reduction, texture optimization and up-res game changer. Originally designed for theatrical and restoration use, Dark Energy was QC’d during its development with the best DCI projectors on the biggest screens. The practice of making transparently-improved images for theaters meant that Dark Energy was more than ready to make better looking streams – with fewer bits – today.
Like its namesake, a theoretical faster-than-light particle, Tachyon seems to defy the laws of physics, delivering broadcast-quality de-interlacing, inverse telecine, challenging frame rate conversions, and varispeeds, faster than real time.
Meanwhile, Wormhole makes crystal-clear runtime conversions of commercials, programs and movies.
“Our success to date has been really encouraging,” Maurer says. “But now, we’re starting down a path we’ve been heading towards all along. Initially, we were thinking about Grid Computing to centralize and democratize our products. All those years ago, we certainly didn’t foresee GPUs in the Cloud, but now they are. So, what we’re packaging today is all our expertise into a global 24/7/365 image processor in the sky called PixelStrings.”
PixelStrings is an on-demand, pay-as-you-go OpEx PaaS. It will produce optimizations and conversions for video at a fraction of the cost of typical high-end outsourced services. Initially, PixelStrings will be offered on AWS, accessing content stored in S3. Later this year, PixelStrings plans to add data-optimized IMFs through its partnership with CineCert. In early 2018, DCPs will be added.
“Our team has been solving difficult problems with revolutionary software for years,” says Maurer. “Sort of like one moonshot after another. PixelStrings has sort of been our Mars expedition. And the countdown is underway.”
Renowned image processing software company, Cinnafilm® Inc., has developed a game-changing OpEx Cloud PaaS called PixelStrings®. The company expects it to democratize the technical art of image optimization and video conversions, while making these necessary and complex processes more affordable.
Although PixelStrings is new, the technology behind it is not. Beginning in 2004, Cinnafilm began leveraging the only affordable, fast and high-scale computing technology available at the time, namely, GPUs from Nvidia®.
“Our code has always evolved to saturate the complete potential of the current generation Nvidia cards at any given time,” says Lance Maurer, Cinnafilm co-founder and CEO. “We’ve been programming on GPUs for almost fourteen years, so we have vast experience in extreme high-performance image processing.”
Cinnafilm’s product line has included three distinct technologies; Dark Energy® (noise reduction, texture optimization and up-converts); Tachyon® (faster than real time, broadcast-quality de-interlacing, inverse telecine, challenging frame rate conversions, and varispeeds); and Wormhole (high quality runtime conversions for commercials, programs and movies). These powerful tools are primarily marketed and sold through Cinnafilm’s OEM partners Telestream, Imagine, Dalet, Root6, SDVI, HS Art, and Ortana Media Group.
Now comes Cinnafilm’s next product, PixelStrings.
PixelStrings is a cloud-based image processing Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS). Currently in Beta, PixelStrings delivers the highest-quality, automated video conversion and frame optimization results for mezzanine-grade content. It allows the user to control the format, frame rate, and grain levels for image sequences. Among all the obvious use cases, Cinnafilm also expects PixelStrings capabilities to be useful for camera content normalization; pre-edit, and for remastered conversions, to ensure the best-possible device and OTT playback experience. PixelStrings’ features include: motion-compensated frame rate conversion, high-quality de-interlacing, texture-aware scaling, degrain/regrain to any film look, denoise/retexture to limit banding, reverse telecine/pulldown pattern correction, interlace artifact and dust removal, and runtime retiming, all in a single pass using a robust, mezzanine-grade transcoder. CineCert’s IMF wrapping solution will be added to the backend as a secondary service. Cinnafilm’s goal is to offer creative personnel the power to tune their captured content and to deliver the best-looking IMF packages possible. Other PixelStrings partners include Vidispine and MPMI.
“PixelStrings is the culmination of many years of hard work in the niche field of high-grade image processing,” says Maurer. “Cinnafilm’s goal is to bring all of the tools and knowledge we have gained by working in both theatrical and broadcast settings to provide a total, simple, cloud-based solution anyone can use to fix, convert or optimize their content. High end conversions ensure the best possible playback experience for viewers on any platform. We believe that quality is and always will remain a differentiator for our customers.”
General B2B availability of PixelStrings is planned for Q3, 2017.
James Mathers Cinematographer and Founder of the Digital Cinema Society
No longer a vague concept for the future; Post Production in the Cloud is here now and getting more practical by the day. While questions of content security and bandwidth have been keeping all but early adopters from taking advantage, many in the Industry are starting to see the benefits of this technology and preparing for widespread deployment.
After running into him at the HPA Tech Retreat, I was explaining my dilemma to my old friend Lance Maurer, CEO of Cinnafilm. His company, located in Albuquerque, New Mexico, has long been creating some of the highest level software for image processing in the Industry. Their tool sets can be found working in most top Post facilities to perform such functions as format and frame rate conversions, runtime retiming while also controlling grain levels, de-interlacing, scaling, de-noising, along with removal of dust and interlace artifacts. In short, they have specialized in helping post facilities fix problem video and transform outdated formats up to the optimum in quality, which is just the kind of help I was looking for.
Cloud computing and bandwidth have now advanced to the point where Cinnafilm has decided to offer their services directly via a Cloud platform they are calling PixelStrings. Now anyone, from any location with an internet connection, can take advantage of these high-end offerings. Whether they are major Studios or boutique operations, they can help to insure optimum image quality on any screen.
PixelStrings will initially be available in the public Cloud on AWS (using S3 storage), and eventually on other Cloud platforms as well. In addition, it will be available for private Cloud integrations through various partners and an API. PixelStrings will be on a pay-as-you-go basis, by-the-output-minute for just the services you require. Pricing will be very competitive and include all processing, software fees, and compute costs, but will not include data storage or egress charges.
PixelStrings is in active beta test now, which proved to be excellent timing for me. Lance offered to apply his best medicine to my tired, old demo video. I simply uploaded the material to PixelStrings and shortly after was able to download the much improved material, now in full HD with vivid color and very little of the previously noticeable grain and artifacts.
Once the service goes live to the public by Fall of this year, it will be followed by an IMF option available in early 2018, and full DCP outputs by the second quarter of 2018. The goal is to offer creatives the power to fix, convert, or optimize their content, and then to deliver the best-looking IMF and DCP packages possible.
It will still be a challenging undertaking, but would border on the impossible without such a Cloud workflow. So the question remains, are you ready to take advantage of post production in the Cloud? I know I am.
Vantage is Stronger Through Partnership with Cinnafilm
How Telestream is in collaboration with global partners to provide comprehensive workflow solutions
With the complexity of today’s broadcast equipment market, it has become unrealistic for customers to buy a soup-to-nuts solution from a single company without compromising features, capabilities or quality. Partnership is mandatory.
For this reason, Telestream has integrated the technology of its Enterprise Partners—including over 50 industry leading technology companies worldwide—into its Vantage media-processing platform. This makes the toolbox available within the Vantage automated workflow extremely comprehensive.
With the increasing demand for upconversion from HD to UHD and 4K, as well as the need to handle varying international standards, Telestream is in partnership with Cinnafilm to incorporate Tachyon for standards conversion and Dark Energy for up-conversion, into the Vantage media processing platform.
Cinnafilm tools are available for a variety of platforms, through our resellers, OEM partners or directly from Cinnafilm, depending on the product. We are happy to provide CAPEX and OPEX purchasing options.
Feel free to contact a Solution Specialist to learn more about acquiring the Cinnafilm product of your choice with no obligation.