London's Roundtable Films uses Alchemist XF for doc conversion

Roundtable Films - To End A War
Neal Romanek
Post Production
July 6th 2017 at 9:12AM : By Neal Romanek

The software supports SD up to 8K, and 12Hz to 300Hz

London post production house Roundtable Films has brought aboard Snell Advanced Media's Alchemist XF format and framerate converter to meet increasing requests for high frame rate projects, particularly as the need to convert between 50p and 59p becomes increasingly common.

Alchemist XF builds on the technology of SAM’s older Alchemist PH.C-HD framerate converter, which allowed video content to be distributed globally in multiple HD standards and formats. A software-based solution using "motion estimation", Alchemist XF is designed file-based workflows and supports formats and framerates from SD up to 8K, and 12Hz to 300Hz for a wide variety of file formats. 

"We initially purchased SAM’s Alchemist XF for two projects we had coming up - Nick Broomfield’s Whitney: Can I Be Me and Marc Silver's To End A War," said Jack Jones, digital colourist and technical director at Roundtable Films. "Alchemist XF made sense for our work here at Roundtable because of its unique adaptive tone-mapping feature for SDR-to-HDR conversion. This was a big draw for us because it’s really useful for creating client screeners of our HDR masters.

"Having Alchemist sat on our editing network and being able to utilise the watch folders makes our conversions happen quicker and allows junior members to easily standards convert files without needing to learn another tool," he added. "This is obviously a huge advantage for us because it means we can automate our workflow and turn work around much faster without the need for extra staff or having to spend money on outsourcing."

"Alchemist XF is the perfect tool for Roundtable Films, offering them unrivalled motion-compensated image transformation on COTS servers," noted Robert Szabó-Rowe, SAM's EVP and general manager, live production and infrastructure. "There are really no limits on the type of content they can process now."