Although Apple's Final Cut Pro Studio suite is no longer available for sale, it remains an incredibly efficient and powerful editing system. Drastic's MediaReactor Workstation integration allows you to extend and expand the functionality and lifespan of this industry standard product. Drastic DDR servers provide extensive content capture options, including real time editing while recording without interrupting or breaking up the record file. Most components, including Motion and Compressor are also supported.
MediaReactor Workstation for Final Cut Pro Studio
MediaReactor Workstation (MRWS) integrates directly into Final Cut Pro (FCP) using its low level QuickTime components. The reader and decompressor components allow FCP to directly access a huge variety of file formats without translation or a log and transfer step. CINE, DPX, FHG, GEN, GFX, HDR, MPEG-2, MTS, MXF, OMF, V210, VPB, YUV and many other industry standard formats can be added as if they were native MOV files. Even widely different variants of MXF are all supported: Avid, DCI, EditCAM, Harmonic, OP1a/Omneon, Panasonic-P2, Pinnacle, Quantel, Snell&Wilcox, and Sony MXF files can share the same bin and sequence seamlessly. Time code, multi-channel audio and metadata are all directly supported along with high quality video decoded in its native color format at up to 16 bits per component. Within each of the file formats, all industry standard codecs are supported including AVCi, DNxHD, DVHD/50/25, HDCam-SR, JPEG, JPEG-2000, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, h.264/AVC, XDCam, Bayer pattern, ProRes, YCbCr 8/10/16, and RGB 8/10/16. Native QuickTime codecs within the system are also supported.
MediaReactor Workstation also works on the output side of FCP. The codecs MRWS adds can be used to generate MOV files. In the case where the source file is the same codec as the output MOV (e.g. Omneon AVCi MXF sources and an AVCi MOV target) there is no re-rendering of the material. It is simply copied from source to target, where there are no effects or other video manipulation, without decompression or compression making the process lossless. MRWS also provides direct export to a group of file formats via the 'Export using QuickTime conversion' menu in FCP. MRWS can output AVI, Cineon, DPX, GEN, HDR, JP2, JS, M2T, MXF (OP1a, Omneon, Avid, DCP, P2, Sony XDCam), OMF, V210, VPB and YUV file formats in a variety of codecs.
Like the Final Cut Pro editor, Motion and compressor also support MRWS for input of supported files, and export of QuickTime files with the expanded codec set.
Drastic DDR for Final Cut Pro Studio
The Titan Series Drastic DDRs use MediaReactor Workstation to integrate with Final Cut Pro. The DDR allows one or more channels of HD-SDI to be recorded to disk in AVCi, DVHD, DNxHD, Uncompressed, or other supported compression type. These files can be used directly for editing in Final Cut Pro, ether by recording in its native MOV format, or by reading them with the MRWS plug-in like they were MOV files. The most interesting feature of this combination is live record editing. While the file is recording and still open in Drastic DDR, Final Cut Pro can use MRWS to open and start editing and reading the live recording file. All the material recorded up to about a second before the current time is available for editing, review and export. As the live event goes on, more material becomes available automatically with no intervention necessary by the operator. Multi-channel recordings, like the ones controlled by SyncControl Pro, means multi-cam editing can be started during the event. Once the recorded event finishes, the last few edits can be made, and the production ready without unnecessary delay
MediaReactor Server for Final Cut Pro Studio and Final Cut Pro X
MediaReactor Server can convert most standard production file formats to MOV, in the same or a different codec, allow access to the content from Final Cut Pro and Final Cut Pro X. Final Cut Pro X does not support the interfaces available in MediaReactor Workstation yet, so MediaReactor Server provides a bridge for mixed environments. Using the DTSentinel interface, files coming into facilities can be automatically converted to compatible MOV files and proxy files, and then the original material can be automatically moved to any accessible storage point. MediaReactor Server also includes an MOV reference file maker. This tool, which can also be automated with DTSentinel, can make a tiny reference movie for most MediaReactor supported file types. This process is extremely fast, and allows Final Cut Pro and other MRWS editors to access the original file, while Final Cut Pro X can access the same audio and video data via the reference file.
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