Rohde & Schwarz brings DCI and IMF CLIPSTER to NAB 2018

Rohde & Schwarz’s CLIPSTER has the power to process real time images up to 4K at 120 fps in HDR and output to either file or tape.

Rohde & Schwarz came to the Las Vegas show with a new version of CLIPSTER, its powerhouse DCI (Digital Cinema Initiative) package and IMF (Interoperable Mastering Format) package mastering workstation,.

“The latest vers. 6.6 release of R&S CLIPSTER focuses on integration of HDR 10 and HDR 10+ packages using metadata,” Robert Ernst Lechner, file based media support engineer at Rohde & Schwarz told me in front of the sprawling Rohde & Schwarz exhibit on the lower floor of the NAB Show 2018’s South Hall.

“We can also do the calculations for the HLG (Hybrid Log-Gamma) standard of HDR within the hardware in real time by converting from PQ (Dolby’s Perceptual Quantization curve) using the actual data from the footage. This can then easily be integrated into IMF, AS11 and AS02 packages.”

CLIPSTER can playout to tape via SDI, DisplayPort and HDMI with 16 embedded SDI audio channels or 16 AES/EBU channels.

As you would imagine from a cinema-oriented system like CLIPSTER, it can definitely integrate Dolby Vision metadata into a package, and present it at up to 10,000 nits since it is just a question of values. Of course, if a home theater display could actually output 10,000 nits, you’d probably need sunscreen for extended viewing.

They have also added a feature that permits subtitle re-positioning when going from SDI (Serial Digital Interface) to DCI resolution.

And finally, since the system includes baseband SDI and integrated tools, R&S CLIPSTER can also be used in various post production workflows. With the help of an output wizard, clients know they can output numerous preset professional formats, which can result in valuable time savings.

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