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PixelStrings

One Platform To Rule Them All

PixelStrings® is a pay-as-you-go, Op-Ex SaaS (Software as a Service) that operates media conversion workflows in the cloud and on-premises. It is powered by the same industry-leading tools international studios, production companies, and broadcasters trust on their most valuable theatrical, broadcast, and OTT content.

In the cloud we have bolted this powerful toolset of best-of-breed technology to a fully scalable backend to crush any quantity of professional conversions; we have built the ultimate conversion swiss army knife. Whether you are an enterprise studio or an independent needing the job done in a coffee shop, PixelStrings is the one platform that can create all of the high-quality outputs you need.

Full-stack powerhouse:

Built for the new paradigm

  • On-prem or cloud next-gen workflows for next-gen business models
  • Simple pricing for OpEx-subscription and utility
  • Single-pass processing
  • Unlimited scaling power with back end logic
  • Bring your own storage
  • AWS / Azure-capable
  • Manage your users

The Apps

Tachyon

The world’s most trusted Standards Conversion and Frame Rate Conversion and Correction system.

Dark Energy

The Industry’s most powerful Image Optimization and Noise Reduction toolset.

Wormhole

Simply the finest quality Program Retiming and Super Slo-Mo Conversion solution.

Wormhole

Built on Technicolor’s brilliant tone mapping technology, Xenon is our unparalleled SDR-to-HDR conversion solution.

Wormhole

Decades of post sound wizardry from the legendary Skywalker Ranch come together in this industry-first revelation for audio mastering, versioning and manipulation.

Solutions

“Progressify” telecine content

Ensure that your original film-look is properly extracted from broadcast versions that have repeated field/frame patterns.

Make your runtime fit perfectly

Global retiming of audio, video, and captions to meet any run-time requirement. Oh, and super-slow motion from regular assets too.

Normalize your project

Interlaced containers can have a myriad of video essences. Normalizing to one, great looking progressive essence is essential for OTT distribution.

Master texture management

Film or digital, your project has a specific look and feel that is only preserved through proper texture (grain) management.

Features

PixelStrings’ industry-leading feature set is built on the foundation of decades of industry experience.

Supported Codecs

ProRes, DNxHR, H.264, you name it! If it’s a standard codec, we support it or it’s in our roadmap.

Cloud Transcoding

Transform your assets into the latest formats, codecs and resolutions with the massively scalable infrastructure of the public cloud and our revolutionary algorithms.

Standards Conversions

Powered by Cinnafilm’s Tachyon solution, PixelStrings offers on-prem quality conversions in the cloud.

Dynamic Retiming

Unleash the power of super-slow motion (up to 300%), audio retiming and run-length adjustment up to +-20%.

Noise Removal

The legendary Dark Energy denoising and texture management are included at no additional charge.

IMF Packaging

Prepare your content for delivery to ANY channel with the new standard: SMPTE Interoperable Master Format.

SDR to HDR

Repurpose SDR archives to be seen like never before on today’s advanced home theaters.

Developer API

Our premium API solution helps you integrate the PixelStrings cloud solution into any pipeline.

Subscribe

Trial Subscription

Trial 30 day trial subscription No discount on jobs

Includes:

  • Easy upload procedure
    - Drag and drop
    - Browse and upload
  • One download included at no charge
  • Input asset are not retained
  • Output assets retained for 7 days
  • Subscription decision at end of trial

Support:

  • Social and training events
Professional

$490 / yr Billed Annually Up to 30% off all jobs

Includes:

  • 500 GB managed storage
    - Drag and drop
    - Browse and upload
  • Option to connect existing S3 Bucket
  • One download included at no charge
  • Input/Output assets retained as desired

Support:

  • Social and training events
  • 1 Private training class/yr
  • 1 Workflow analysis session per user/yr
Enterprise

$9990 / yr Up to 50% off all jobs

Includes:

  • 4000 GB managed storage
    - Drag and drop
    - Browse and upload
  • Option to connect existing S3 Bucket
  • One download included at no charge
  • Input/Output assets retained as desired
  • 10 Users per plan

Support:

  • Social and training events
  • 1 Private training class/yr
  • 1 Workflow analysis session per user/yr
  • API access
  • 1 Training day (plus travel costs if onsite)

*Discount applies to general transcoding, Dark Energy, Tachyon, video legalizing, and video-only retiming (Wormhole). Optional items listed below in Additional Charges are not eligible for discounts.


Ask about our team discounts and enterprise API access packages

Rate Card

Per Runtime Minute*

$1.99 / min

$2.49 / min

$2.99 / min

* Minimum Runtime per job is 1 minute. Prices based on frame rates up to 60i/60p.

PixelStrings Rate Card

Additional Charges

Features that require an additional per minute charge and excluded from the subscription discount: Wormhole audio retiming: $0.50, Xenon: $0.50, IMF or DCP packaging: $1.00.

Notes on Runtime Cost Notes

Runtime prices apply to all industry frame rates up to 60P/60i.

For example, this means that the output of a 10-minute video at 25 fps would cost the same as a video at 60 fps. For jobs with output frame rates higher than 60 fps, a “Proxy Runtime” will be used for billing purposes. The Proxy Runtime will be calculated by dividing the Supplied Frame Rate by 60 to determine a “Multiplier”. This Multiplier will be applied to the output Runtime. For example, a 10-minute clip at 600 fps will be billed as a 100-minute job, as follows:

(600fps/60fps) x 10-mins-Runtime = 100-mins Job

The minimum Runtime for any Job is 1 minute. For billing purposes, runtimes are rounded up to the next nearest Minute. You can economize on shorter clips by assembling them into a longer video, as long as all elements of the assembled video share exactly the same specifications.

For billing purposes, runtimes are rounded up to the next nearest Minute. For example:

  • – 0:30 duration will be billed as 1-minute Runtime
  • – 4:59 duration will be billed as 5-minute Runtime
  • – 5:01 duration will be billed as 6-minute Runtime

Frequently Asked Questions

For more information about the PixelStrings universe, visit our FAQ page.