Quantel Rio Shows its Class

​SAM introduced its new Quantel Rio range of colour and finishing systems at IBC. There is now a choice of three turnkey systems – 2K, 4K and 8K, and two software only options – 4K and the new Rio Assist workflow partner. Quintal Rio is the only product to retain the brand of the company formerly known as Quantel (and latterly as Quantel Snell).

In addition, SAM introduced Rio Connect, a collaborative workflow engine that enables cost-effective media sharing between up to eight Quantel Rio systems. All Quantel Rio models benefit from the new V3 software on show at IBC, which supports HDR and native colour space media (providing wider colour gamuts) with 32-bit floating-point or 16-bit half-float processing.

The Quantel Rio 2K turnkey system is for TV program and commercials finishing houses; multiple systems teamed together with Rio Connect delivers the kind of flexibility post houses need to tackle short-deadline projects across multiple Rio suites, or instantly move a project from one suite to another.

The new Quantel Rio 4K turnkey system is for high end TV and movie finishing. Not only does it boast twice the storage capacity and RAM of the previous 4K model, it also taps the processing power of the NVIDIA Tesla K80 GPU (double the performance of two Tesla K20 GPUs), and includes 4K HFR output support as standard. It is described as the only colour and finishing system on the market that delivers realtime working at 8K 60p.

Quantel Rio was on show at IBC demonstrating advanced HDR colour and finishing workflows, displayed on a Canon DP-V3010 HDR monitor. The new V3 software includes support for native colour spaces, including ITU-R BT 2020, DCI-P3 and ACES, and HDR with multiple transfer curves covering a range of EOTF (Electro-Optical Transfer Function) requirements including SMPTE ST 2084.

“The new Quantel Rio range has a perfect-fit solution for every colour and finishing application,” said Damon Hawkins, SAM Product Manager. “Quantel Rio is the most powerful and capable system on the market, making it the natural choice for client-attended sessions, and its continuing rapid development – now delivering interactive HDR and wide colour gamut operation - ensures that our TV finishing and post house customers can continue to offer leading edge colour and finishing services.”

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