Net-X-Convert & Proxy

mr_clientsvr_logoNet-X-Convert is a scalable file conversion system for automated creation of proxy, thumbnail, broadcast and post production file formats. Designed to work anywhere from a command line plugin to a multi server distributed conversion system for enterprise, Net-X-Convert can grow to support any size organization.  Based on a merger of Drastic's MediaReactor and Net-X-Code products, Net-X-Convert supplies the file transform glue used by ESPN, the NBA and other major content producers.  There is also a proxy/thumbnail only version, Net-X-Proxy for cost sensitive, media asset management use.


Net-X-Convert provides a highly robust solution for large scale transcoding requirements. Transcode automatically to the widest range of industry standard formats, from the instant files are received, to multiple targets from collaboration and editing formats, through to full resolution delivery formats. Command line functionality provides a set it and forget it approach to the dizzying array of required formats used in file based content creation and delivery.

Net-X-Proxy provides a cost effective and expandable solution for the creation of proxy files, using the same command line structure.

Wide Industry Standard Support

All signal and file formats are supported with the same version. There are no restrictions in size, so all standard sizes are supported.

Net-X-Convert lets you provide media files for all of your applications and devices, without proprietary restrictions. Use the devices you prefer, the formats best suited to the application, and the workflow that best meets your requirements.


Wide Conversion Support

Net-X-Convert and Net-X-Proxy include the culmination of 20 years of Drastic file format support.  Almost all broadcast and post production formats are supported, including the latest camera raw formats.  Files are automatically stitched together to provide single clips that include multiple video, audio and metadata files.  Time code, metadata and closed captioning are preserved, from the height resolution camera inputs to MP4/DASH and HLS outputs.  Sources and target for conversion can be local drives, network shares, HTTP/FTP, Google Cloud, and Amazon S3 storage.  The conversions can even be run in a cloud instance VM.

Wrapping, Clipping, Combining and Partial File Restore

When converting files with Net-X-Convert, the output file can be a direct re-wrap, without conversion, of any section of the original file.  Sections may be defined by absolute time into the file or by the time code present in the files.  Files may also be clipped to new file formats and compression types during the clipping process.  EDL and EVS CSV lists can be used to create single output files from a variety of edits in a single pass.  Partial file restore is also supported, either direct from source, or via a real time index file generated by Net-X-Code.

Extract and Combine/Embed

Various tracks may be exported from files, including video, audio, metadata and closed caption tracks.  Metadata is generally transported in an Adobe XMP compatible wrapper.  Audio can be extracted to AIFF or WAV for further processing.  Closed captions work natively as MOV Text, MXF 436, MCC and SCC files, but many caption formats are supported including AAF, SubRip, SubStation Alpha, VTT, ITT, XML, CSV, Text and many more.  Tracks may also be added to, or replace, output tracks when converting or clipping.  Multiple outputs can be generated with different audio, metadata and closed caption tracks.  Simple captions like SRT/VTT/SCC can be upconverted to MCC/SMPTE436 with full conversion, not just compatibility bytes.

Tumbnails and Preview

Net-X-Proxy/Net-X-Convert also support JPEG file extraction for thumbnails and preview.  JPEG files can be extracted as a single file from any absolute or time code based point in the file.  Also, a series of JPEG files can be extracted at a certain distance from each other to make a pop up thumbnail preview for a web player.

Direct Command Line and Enterprise REST APIs

Net-X-Convert can help you process existing file libraries or incoming files directly from your MAM software as a direct command line.  For larger installation, Net-X-Convert combines with Net-X-Code to provide one or more distributed conversion servers that can be run via HTTP and the REST API.

Sharing Content and Collaboration

Net-X-Proxy can create low resolution (or proxy) streaming files to share with your team via local share, HTTP or dedicated MAM.  Net-X-Proxy supports output to MP4, fragmented MP4, TS, M3U8/HLS and DASH formats, including multi bitrate outputs.  As much metadata, time code and caption information as possible is maintained in each of the proxy formats.  Metadata and closed caption tracks can also be extracted to add more information into your MAM. Net-X-Convert includes all of the Net-X-Proxy capabilities.

Application Compatibility and Conversion

Net-X-Convert provides transcoding to and from the industry's most popular software editing applications. Transcode files for Autodesk Smoke/Flame, Combustion, Assimilate Scratch, The Foundry Nuke, Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects, Photoshop, Eyeon Fusion, Apple Shake, Motion, Final Cut Pro, and many more.


File Formats

Content Source Support

The complete list of supported formats, codecs and metadata is too long to publish, but what follows is a rough guide to the kind of content sources supported by Net-X-Convert and Net-X-Proxy, from major software and hardware providers past and present.

Extension File Format Codec Read Proxy Write Convert Write
3GP 3GP 26x h 264, 263, 261 X    
4224 4224 YCbCr 4:2:2:4 X   X
AIFF Apple audio 16/20/24/32 bit stereo pairs X   X
ARC IFX Piranha Audio/Video (YCbCr/RGB 8 only) X    
ARI Arri Raw 12 bit bayer X    
Audio: BWF, 
Audio files 44.1/48/96 kHz 16, 20, 24 and 32 bit X    
AVC, AVCHD, MTS AVC-HD MPEG-2 camera media X    
AVI Windows DVSD, DV25, DV50, DVHD, CineForm*, CineForm3D*, YCbCr 8 & 10 SD/HD, standard codecs X   X
AVS AVS Video redirection (Windows only) X    
CDX Codex Codec raw bayer stills X    
CINE Phantom Phantom 10, 12 and 14 bit bayer X    
CRW Canon Canon camera raw stream X    
DASH h.264 DASH Fragmented MP4 and Smooth Streaming X X X
DNG CinemaDNG 10, 12 and 16 bit bayer X   X
DPX Cineon RGB 8, RGB 10, YCbCr 4:2:2 X   X
DPX CineForm CineForm*, CineForm3D* X   X
DT3D DT3D XML 3D redirector X    
DV/DIF DV/DIF Raw DV files X    
DVS DVS Uncompressed YCbCr and RGB files X    
EXR OpenEXE High dynamic range float stills X    
fhgDI, fhgDP, fhgAP fhgDI, fhgDP, fhgAP Weisscam digimag format X    
FLM FLM Adobe FilmStrip X    
FLV/SWV FLV/SWV Flash/Shockwave video h.263/264 X    
GEN GEN 4:2:2 YCbCr (Avid DSHD) X   X
GV XML/N0/T/I/A Grass Valley disk record native (K2) X    
GXF GXF SMPTE 360 MPEG-2, DV25, DV50, DVHD X    
H264 h.264 4:2:0 SD/HD up to 80 mbits/sec X X  
HDR YUV DV25, DV50, DVHD, AVCi100, RGB, Uncompressed YCbCr 8 & 10 SD/HD X   X
HDV HDV MPEG-2 camera files X    
HLS h.264 HLS TS MultiRate X X X
IHSS Iridas RGB X    
ISMV ISMA Smooth Streaming h.264, AAC, WMV X    
JP2 JPEG-2000 Series of JPEG-2000 stills X   X
JS Jaleo/Mistika Sgo native 4:2:2 YCbCr X   X
KRW Kinefinity KineRAW Compressed Raw Stills and Stream X    
LUMA RMY BMY LUMA RMY BMY Uncompressed YCbCr X    
LXF Leitch/Harris DVSD, DV25, DV50, DVHD, AVCi50, AVCi100, MPEG-2, h.264 X    
M3U8 HLS h264, h265, TS or MP4 X X X
MKV MKV Matroska audio video, VPx, h.26x X    
MLV Magic Lantern Raw 14 bit bayer with PCM audio X    
MOV QuickTime DVSD, DV25, DV50, DVHD, AVCi100, DNxHD*, CineForm*, CineForm3D*, RGBA, RGB-10 (DPX), YCbCr 8 & 10 SD/HD, standard codecs X   X
MOV QuickTime ProRes, h264, AVCi, MPEG-2, XDCam X   X
MOV Reference File MOV reference file pointing at h264, ProRes, DV, AVCI X    
MP1/MP2/MP3 MP1/MP2/MP3 MPEG audio X    
MP4 AVC1,h.264 Apple h.264, h.264 AVC X X X
MP4 HEVC, h.264 HEVC/265 X   X
MP4 XAVC-S Sony XAVC-S HD/4K Cameras X    
MP4 MPEG-2 Sony/Canon camera X    
MPEG MPEG-1 4:2:0 up to 15 mbits/sec X   X
MPEG MPEG-2 4:2:0/4:2:2 SD/HD up to 80 mbits/sec X   X
MPEG MPEG-4 4:2:0 up to 50 mbits/sec X   X
MTS, M2TS M2TS AVC-HD camera files X   X
MXF AS-02 AVCi, DNxHD*, DVHD, JPEG-2000 X    
MXF AS-11 DPP UK AVCi100, IMX 50 X    
MXF Avid DV25, DV50, DVHD, DNxHD*, Uncompressed X   X
MXF Canon MPEG-2 X    
MXF Digital Cinema DCI JPEG-2000 Unencrypted, Uncompress Audio X   X
MXF EditCam DV25, DV50, DVHD, DNxHD* X    
MXF Grass Valley Grass Valley iCR X   X
MXF Harmonic MPEG-2 X    
MXF h.264/AVC MPEG-2 X    
MXF IMF IMF JPEG-2000 YCbCr, Uncompressed Audio X   X
MXF JPEG-2000*** Grass Valley Infinity X   X
MXF OP1a AmberFin, EVS, MainConcept, MOG, OpenCube, Rovi X    
MXF OP1a/Omneon DV25, DV50, DVHD, AVCi100, Uncompressed X   X
MXF OP1b Panasonic AVCi 4K X    
MXF Panasonic-P2 DV25, DV50, DVHD, AVCi100 X   X
MXF Pinnacle MPEG-2 SD/HD X    
MXF Snell & Wilcox MPEG-2, IMX X    
MXF Sony XDCamHD, XDCamEX 4:2:0/4:2:2 X    
MXF Sony HDCam SR 4:2:2 and 4:4:4 X   X
MXF Sony F65 raw bayer X    
MXF Sony F5, F700 raw bayer X    
OGG OGG OGG audio video X    
OMF OMF DV25, JPEG, Meridien, AVBV, CamCutter X   X
OMV OMV Uncompressed capture format X    
QNT Quantel Raw uncompressed YCbCr images X   X
R3D RED Red camera files X    
RAW ML/IOI Magic Lantern RAW, IOIndustries RAW bayer X    
RBG RED BLU GRN Uncompressed RGB X    
RMF RMF Canon C500 raw 10 bit bayer files X    
RTIN RTINDEX Real time replay of CBR and VBR records while still recording X    
RTV RTV Uncompressed Video Toaster files (Windows only) X    
SEQ Bayer Raw camera seq bayer files X    
SIV Bayer Raw camera siv bayer files X    
Stills Series of stills BMP, SGI, PSD, RAW, YUV10, YUV16, VSR, RAS, RAW, JP2, JPG - Series of stills (many others) X    
TGA Targa RGB, RGBA (RLE Play Only) X X X
TR-01 TS J2K JPEG-2000, AES3 X   X
TS Transport stream MPEG-2, h.264, h.265/HEVC, JPEG-2000, AAC, AC-3, AES3 X   X
V210 V210 4:2:2 10 bit YCbCr image sequence X X X
VC1 VC-1 WMV of raw wrapper X    
VOB VOB Unencrypted X    
VPB/QTL Quantel Quantel uncompressed YCbCr images X    
VRW Varicam Raw Panasonic Varicam Raw X    
WAV Wave audio 16/20/24/32 bit mono/stereo pairs/extensible X   X
WEBM WEBM Youtube format X    
WMV/ASF WMV/ASF Unencrypted/DRM Free only X    
XAVC X-AVC HD/4K X-AVC 264 in MXF X    
Y4M Y4M YCbCr raw stream X    
YUV YUV 4:2:2 and 4:2:0 YCbCr image sequence X   X
Y U V YUV Multi file component YCbCr files X    

* CineForm and DNxHD file formats require an optional license.

Note:  If the MediaReactor Workstation trial is installed on OS-X, you will have to re-install the CSP to get those formats back after the trial.  In Windows the CSP and trial can co-exist.

API and Control


Net-X-Code API

Command Line

NetXCopy -s <sourcefile> -t <targetfile> [-a <ackfile>] -p <profile> [-in <00:01:00:00> -out <00:02:00:00> -fg]

-s <sourcefile> -- The source file name and path
-t <targetfile> -- The target file name and path
-a <ackfile> -- The ACK file name and path. This is the XML acknowledgement file made after a copy
-p <profile> -- Profile to use. Current profiles include:

• copy – copy the whole file
• wrap – re wrap file or part of a file
• index – create an RTIndex for a file
• mp3-128kbps - Audio MP3 file
• mov-YCbCr8Bit – QuickTime MOV 8 bit uncompressed YCbCr file
• mov-dvcprohd - QuickTime MOV DVHD 100
• mp4-h264 - MP4 with h264, original size
• mxf-xdcam-720p - MXF Sony XDCam 720p
• mxf-dvcprohd-720p - MXF DVHD 720p
• mxf-xdcam-1080i - MXF Sony XDCam 1080i
• mxf-dvcprohd-1080i - MXF DVHD 1080i
• mxf-OP1a-MPEG - MXF OP1a MPEG (XDCam like, 16 audio channels)
• mxf-op1a-h264 - MXF h.264
• mxf-as-11-sd-dpp - MXF DPP SD IMX
• mxf-as-11-hd-dpp - MXF DPP HD AVCi
• mov-proreshq - QuickTime MOV ProRes HQ
• mov-prores422 - QuickTime MOV ProRes 422
• mxf-as-11-sd-pal-dpp - MXF AS-11 SD PAL DPP
• mxf-as-11-sd-ntsc-dpp - MXF AS-11 SD NTSC DPP
• scaledown2000k - MP4 264 960x540, 2mbs
• scaledown500k - MP4 264 480x272, 0.5mbs
• hd1080-5000kbs - MP4 - HD 1080 with a target bitrate of 5 mbs
• hd720-2500kbs - MP4 - HD 720p with a target bitrate of 2.5 mbs
• hd360-1250kbs - MP4 - HD 360p with a target bitrate of 1.25 mbs
• h264-7500kbs - MP4 - Any resolution with a target bitrate of 7.5 mbs
• Proxy-h264-5000kbs - MP4 high quality proxy for web
• LBR-h264-10000kbs - Low bit rate, high quality local MP4
• mxf-OP1a-JPEG2K - Samma style JPEG2000 YCbCr
• mxf-AS-02-h264-10 - 10 bit 50 Mbs h.264 in AS-02 MXF
• DASH-MP4-Mutibitrate - Multi bitrate MP4s with DASH files
• HLS-TS-Mutibitrate - Multi bitrate TS streams with M3U8 files
• TS-TR-01-JPEG-2000 - TR-01 JPEG-2000 transport stream
• mxf-OP1a_HBR_50 - MXF OP1a h264 4:2:2 10 bit
• mp4-XAVC-S_4_2_0 - MP4 Sony XAVC-S 4:2:0
• mp4-XAVC-S_4_2_2 - MP4 Sony XAVC-S 4:2:2
-type mxf-op1a -- the exact file type to write, otherwise auto
• mxf-op1a – standard OP1a
• mxf-sonyhd – Sony XDCam compatible
• mxf-as02 – AS-02 spec MXF
• mp4-fmp4 – Fragmented MP4 (normal MP4 if not set)

-in <00:01:00:00> -- the starting point for the output file in time code or absolute position
-out <00:02:00:00> -- the ending point for the output file in time code or absolute position
-tcoffset <00:01:00:00> -- offset the timecode during translation
-tc <01:00:00:00> -- replace timecode during translation
-absin <200> -- the absolute (zero based) start time for the output file (overrides -in)
-absout <400> -- the absolute (zero based) end time, exclusive, for the output file (overrides -out)
-width <width> -- output width of the video (only for arbitrary codecs like H.264, HEVC and ProRes)
-height <height> -- output width of the video (only for arbitrary codecs like H.264, HEVC and ProRes)
-copy -- make a copy of the file section we need, instead of reading directly
-dest <folder> -- folder or folder and file name for the temp file when using copy
-cc <mcc/scc file> -- replacement closed caption file>
-afile <path-audio-file> -- replacement source audio track<s>
-v <path-video-file> -- replacement source video track
-uuid <uuid string> - override the UUID of the file with this one
-kilobitrate <kbit rate> - override the kilo bit rate
-h26xprofile <baseline/main/high/high10/high422/high444> override the profile type
-h26xlevel <51> override the level
-encodemode <0/1> 0 normal, 1 fastest
-gopsize <15> size of encoded GOP
-tempfolder – Temporary folder to store partial file
-alignment - Alignment value for any temporary partial files, for GetCopyInOutProfile
-fg -- force the GUI on
-fc -- force command line
NOTE: the parameters in [square brackets] are optional.

For JPEG picons
-pisrc <file-to-picon> -- source for the picon
-pidst <where-to-make-picon> -- target folder and name
-pisize <size> -- size of picon, 100%-10%
-piframe <frame-offset-into-file> -- frame to use to make the picon
-piskip <number-of-frames-to-skip> -- if set, make a picon of each frame at this interval for the whole file
-width <width> -- output width of the picon image
-height <height> -- output width of the picon image





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