Rohde & Schwarz Upgrades Clipster

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Thu, 04/07/2016 - 17:33 -- Nick Dager

Rohde & Schwarz has upgraded the Clipster Gen 6 mastering station, with new functionalities to boost DCI and Interoperable Master Format mastering. Moreover, with its added improvements in flexibility, quality and performance, the Clipster will help service providers expand their portfolio. Since its introduction in 2003, the award-winning Clipster has established itself as the complete mastering and deliverable solution for premium content.

Content creators now benefit from increased performance: The innovative high-precision color processing engine expands the range of color formats and offers on-the-fly color transformations between standardized color spaces and even customized color formats. In combination with extended IMF J2K profiles for high dynamic range HDR, the Clipster provides higher resolutions, frame rates and bit depth compared with the previous generation.

Rohde & Schwarz DVS has collaborated with Dolby on an HDR mastering solution combining Dolby Vision and IMF. Dolby Vision combines two powerful capabilities – high dynamic range and wide color gamut – resulting in astonishing images that, compared to standard pictures, deliver brighter highlights, more light-to-dark contrast, and colors never before seen on TV.

The Clipster Gen 6 as currently slated will enable Dolby Vision mastering, allowing the Dolby Vision metadata to be directly synchronized to the timeline clip and wrapped into MXF. It would also make it possible to output Dolby Vision metadata via serial digital interface to the Dolby Vision content mapping unit, which can map the content to a target display like HDR-10 or Rec709.

Stephen Birdsong, product manager for post production solutions at Rohde & Schwarz DVS said, "We have really worked hard on making Clipster what it is today: the gold standard for DCI and IMF mastering. We are delighted that our mastering station is a platform used by post-production facilities all over the world. If content is made by Clipster, this content can be exchanged with great confidence."