Daniel2 Codec for Adobe Creative Cloud with Accelerated Production now available for Mac
NAB 2018, 9 – 12 April, Booth SL12116 – Cinegy today announced the release of the Mac OS version of its Daniel2 Adobe® Creative Cloud® codec plug-in for the latest release of Adobe Creative Cloud. The first public showing of the Mac version will be during NAB 2018 at Cinegy’s booth at SL12116.
The Windows version has been available for almost a year and has seen numerous features added to it during this short time. Now the Mac OS version of Cinegy Daniel2 Accelerator Plugin Pack brings these capabilities to the Mac community. The main feature is the Daniel2 codec, which, being designed for massive parallel computing, brings massive performance gains when running on GPUs. It is also the fastest production codec when running on CPUs. Compared to other codecs Daniel2 creates less load on the CPU and/or GPU or achieves significantly higher encoding and decoding speeds using the same hardware. This makes production work in 4K, 8K or higher resolutions achievable on hardware where this was previously impossible or too slow.
Unified, accelerated workflows for ultra-fast HD, UHD, 8K or even higher resolution production are now possible cross-platform on Mac and Windows. The Daniel2 codec is utilizing the open, professional MXF OP1A file format, which also supports edit-while-ingest, e.g. capturing multiple channels of live video using Cinegy’s Capture Pro software.
In addition to highest performance, the preservation of the best image quality is equally important. The real “icing on the cake” is Daniel2’s clever Alpha channel support. It addresses the need for an elegant and efficient cross-platform alpha channel format, which had been missing for years. Additional features of the Windows version such as GPU accelerated H.264 and HEVC export will be supported in the Mac version where the hardware will permit this.
“Our customers working with 4K and 8K video always appreciate additional performance enhancements,” says Sue Skidmore, head of partner relations for Adobe pro video. “We are happy to see that now both Windows and Mac users will enjoy the same benefits.”
“Every second email I receive on Daniel2 is asking when there will finally be a Mac version. The answer is: now! The Mac version benefits from all the hard work and improvements we made for the Windows version over the last year,” said Jan Weigner, CTO at Cinegy. “Now there is an open, cross platform ultra-high-speed codec for the broadcast and media production that addresses all current and future challenges including 8K, HDR and HFR. Yes, there is a Linux version of the Daniel2 codec available as of today as well, addressing those emails as well.”
Cinegy stands by its claim that Daniel2 is the world’s fastest acquisition and production codec.
It is available for as free plug-in for the Adobe Creative Cloud video applications including Adobe After Effects® CC, Adobe Premiere Pro® CC, and Adobe Media Encoder CC. It can be found on the Adobe Exchange or directly at www.daniel2.com. Developer information and SDK documentation can also be found at www.daniel2.com with code samples being available via Github and SDK binaries via Nuget.
Adobe at NAB 2018
Adobe will showcase powerful new updates to Adobe Creative Cloud, giving video pros the world’s best tools for video editing and motion graphics. The latest release brings amazing new features and faster workflows for color, graphics, audio, animation, collaboration and VR. Highlights include shot comparison, automatic color matching, and intelligent audio and easy rotate view controls for VR content in Adobe Premiere Pro CC; streamlined graphics workflows with master properties to rapidly edit layer properties across compositions in After Effects CC; added efficiency in Audition CC; integration with Adobe Stock for sourcing video footage and Motion Graphics templates; trigger improvements in Adobe Character Animator CC; and easily invite anyone with refined collaboration workflows in Team Projects. Adobe Creative Cloud offers an unparalleled creative ecosystem of interconnected apps and services. NAB attendees can see the latest product demos at the Adobe booth (#SL4610, South Hall in the Las Vegas Convention Center). For more information, visit www.adobe.com.
The Cinegy Daniel2 codec is architected for massive parallel computing, developed with the modern graphics processors like those from NVIDIA in mind. Not all machines come equipped with NVIDIA graphics or are virtual or in the cloud. The latest Daniel2 codec version can automatically switch between CPU and GPU encoding/decoding. The Intel / AMD CPU version of the Daniel2 codec is also highly scalable and has feature parity to the GPU version. The Daniel2 codec is almost resolution independent with a maximum resolution of 4,294,967,296 pixel (4 Gigapixel which is 64k * 64k), supports color spaces from 4:2:2 up to 4:4:4:4 with bit depths ranging from 8 to 16bit per component. Constant bitrate or adaptive encode modes provide the right choice for the job. Graphics cards like an NVIDIA GTX1060 or Quadro P4000 are powerful enough to perform real-time encoding of 8K in 10bit 4:2:2 @ 60fps and still have resources left to perform other tasks as well.
Cinegy develops software solutions for collaborative workflow encompassing IP, capture, editing and playout services tools, integrated into an active archive for full digital asset management. Either SaaS, virtualizable stacks, cloud or on-premises, Cinegy is COTS using standard IT hardware, and non-proprietary storage technology. Cinegy products are reliable, affordable, scalable, easily deployable and intuitive. Cinegy is truly Software Defined Television. NAB visitors can see the latest Cinegy products at booth SL12166, South Lower Hall in the Las Vegas Convention Center. Visit www.cinegy.com for more details.