IMF Workflows with easyDCP Software Suite
With more than 1,500 licensees worldwide, Fraunhofer IIS’ easyDCP Software Suite is the leading solution for creation, playback and quality control of Digital Cinema Packages (DCP) and Interoperable Master Format Packages (IMP), both based on ISO and SMPTE standards.
At IBC 2016, Fraunhofer IIS will show the following new features:
· Timeline-based user interface: Users can now arrange and edit input materials in a timeline-based user interface to compose an IMP or DCP. Unlike other industry solutions, no separate editing tool is necessary to conform the material before importing it into easyDCP. This enables a streamlined workflow that saves time and money.
· Support for markers: easyDCP will support markers that indicate certain events along the editing timeline. For example, inside an IMF workflow for broadcast and streaming, the editor can mark commercial blacks or credits for automated processing down the line. In a DCP workflow, markers in a DCP can indicate intermissions or automatically trigger a change in lighting within the theater management system at the first frame of the end credits.
· High Dynamic Range (HDR) support for IMF: easyDCP now brings support for HDR and Wide Color Gamut (WCG) workflows. HDR/WCG is the future of UHDTV, with a growing number of adopters including consumer electronics manufacturers and OTT services. easyDCP is ready to process high-end content for the future of television.
· Automatic quality assurance: A new set of quality control features, integrated in easyDCP, will be shown, in order to ensure accuracy of input materials and encoded IMPs and DCPs. An automatically generated report contains information about image quality, as well as results of a variety of other quality control checks, such as subtitles and audio, that can be applied during media processing. A red or green light gives the user a quick indication on whether or not issues were detected.
Fraunhofer’s easyDCP optimizes IMF workflows, providing the tools and functionalities professionals need to take advantage of this universal exchange format. The IMF provides flexibility in handling multiple versions of content. Little to no redundancy is created when adding dubbed or subtitled versions. This significantly reduces storage space and encoding time. Well-defined metadata in IMPs, along with transcoding rules from Output Profile Lists (OPL), allow for automatic creation of distribution formats like H.264 or Quicktime, to fit the specific device or screen. This is key for cost and time-efficient distribution workflows.