Drastic Technologies MediaReactor

Drastic Technologies MediaReactor
Drastic Technologies MediaReactor

MediaReactor Workstation for Assimilate, NuCoda, Autodesk, Adobe, Apple and Avid

MediaReactor Workstation is a direct plugin version of Drastic’s MediaReactor file translation system. Rather than having to use a separate translation step, the artist can work with incoming footage directly in their preferred creative software. MediaReactor Workstation is available on Windows (XP, Vista, 7 – 32/64) and Macintosh OS-X Intel (10.5+) and Linux x64. It provides plugins for Assimilate Scratch/Lab, Digital Vision NuCoda, Autodesk Flame/Flare/Lustre, Final Cut Pro 7, Avid Media Composer, Adobe CS5.x/6.x/CC, EasyDCP, QuickTime and DirectShow. Many other applications that utilize the QuickTime and DirectShow interfaces are also supported


Contemporary production workflows are able to access an ever-increasing choice of acquisition, production, mezzanine and output devices and formats.  Unfortunately, the proprietary nature of these media tools often leads to time consuming and potentially lossy translations of content, simply to allow other creative tools to access them. MediaReactor Workstation was designed to alleviate this problem.  MediaReactor Workstation provides access to the widest range of file formats of any single plugin package. It specializes in high quality conversion on the fly, on everything from ancient OMF JPEG to the latest camera acquisition formats from Weisscam, Phantom, Sony and Arri.  Coupled with its incredible range of file and codec support, MediaReactor Workstation provides a group of plugins that make the content directly compatible with most major editing and creative software on Mac and Windows systems.

Scratch Windows/Mac
Scratch Lab Windows/Mac
Premiere (CS5, 5.5, CS6.x, and CC 2014 or greater) Windows/Mac
After Effects (CS5, 5.5, CS6.x and CC 2014 or greater) Windows/Mac
Media Encoder (CS5, 5.5, CS6.x and CC 2014 or greater) Windows/Mac
Prelude CC 2014 or greater Windows/Mac
Media Compser 5.5 (32 bit) Windows/Mac
Media Composer 6, 7 & 8 (64 bit), NewsCutter, Symphony 6+ Windows/Mac
Flame, Flare, Lustre Linux x64/OS-X
QuickTime Player Windows/Mac
QuickTime Apps Windows/Mac
Digital Vision
Nucoda Windows
Final Cut Pro 7/Suite 3 Mac
Motion Mac
Compressor Mac
Media Player Windows
DirectShow Windows
DrasticPreview Windows/Mac

MediaReactor Workstation provides support for the three major operating systems that have well defined plugin systems (for Linux, please contact Drastic for available options).  The primary plugin interfaces on Mac OS-X, Windows 32 bit, Windows 64 and Linux x64 are:

  • Assimilate Scratch and Scratch Lab SPA plug-in
  • Digital Vision NuCoda
  • Autodesk Flame, Flare and Lustre 2016
  • Avid Media Composer/Symphony/NewsCutter 6, 7 & 8 64 bit AMA access plug-in
  • Avid Media Composer/Symphony/NewsCutter 5.5 32 bit AMA access plug-in
  • Adobe file import and export plug-ins CS5.5/6.x and Creative Cloud 2014 64 bit
  • Adobe file import and export plug-ins CS4/5 32 bit
  • Final Cut Pro 7 real time access and rendered file export

The Final Cut Pro 7 plug-in is OS-X specific, but Avid and Adobe are available on both platforms allowing seamless access to content with platform independence.  Support of older editing products in MediaReactor Workstation allows access to the latest file formats without having to upgrade your editing software.  Drastic is dedicated to supporting as many file formats as possible on all three major operating  systems and supporting all major production tools that provide a plugin interface.

Special Feature

Live Event Editing in FCP7, Premiere and Media Composer

MediaReactor Workstation also provides advanced edit-while-recording of live events directly in your favorite editing software, when coupled with a live event compatible recorder.  To take advantage of this huge time saver, set up your compatible recording device (Drastic DDR, MediaNXS or a 3rd party system like XOS Hurricane Replay), begin recording and load the various camera files directly into Media Composer, Premiere or Final Cut Pro 7.  All material recorded at that point is immediately available for editing, and as new material is recorded it automatically becomes available on the editor.  Simply edit as normal, building packages, melds, internet content or new packages during the game, rather than having to wait and work long after everyone else has gone home.

Mac OS-X

MediaReactor's primary plugins under OS-X are Autodesk's Flame, Flint and Lustre direct API, Apple's QuickTime layer and Adobe's import and export plugins.  For more information on the Autodesk specific plugins, please see the Autodesk page.  MediaReactor Workstation connects to QuickTime at multiple levels.  It provides codecs for encoding and decoding video frames, image importers and exporters, movie importers and exporters and low level data handlers.  The result is that all QuickTime enabled applications can access media as easily as a native QuickTime movie including still formats like DPX, Cineon, ARI and DNG sequences.  This includes metadata, multi-track audio, multi-track video, time code, closed captioning and other tracks.  All supported formats, including IPB MPEG transport streams and series of stills (that would normally require conversion) are directly available for editing in Apple, Adobe and many other third party products.

Windows 32

MediaReactor Workstation supports all four primary Windows audio/video layers, which are: VFW (Video For Windows), DirectX/DirectShow, Apple QuickTime for Windows and Adobe import/export plugins for older Adobe products (CS5+ uses the Windows 64 version).  QuickTime is the most standardized platform for media access on 32 bit Windows, and the MediaReactor Workstation connects to QuickTime on multiple levels.  It provides codecs for encoding and decoding video frames, image importers, image exporters, movie importers, movie exporters and low level data handlers.  The result is that all QuickTime enabled applications can access media as easily as native QuickTime movies including still formats like DPX, Cineon, ARI and DNG sequences.  This includes metadata, multi-track audio, multi-track video, time code, closed captioning and other tracks.  All supported formats, including IPB MPEG transport streams and series of stills (that would normally require conversion) are directly supported available for editing in Apple, Adobe, Avid and many other third party products.

For some applications, DirectShow or VFW provide the easiest or only interface for MediaReactor to file import.  DirectShow allows player applications like Windows Media Player to access all the available file formats seamlessly.  MediaReactor Workstation 32 also supports Adobe Creative Suite applications that run under 32 bits, including CS4 and earlier and Avid MediaComposer/Symphony/NewsCutter 5.5.

Windows 64

The latest production tools tend to prefer operating as 64 bit applications.  MediaReactor Workstation for Windows 64 provides interfaces to these applications.  Assimilate Scratch and Scratch Lab are great examples of powerful programs running on Windows 64.  Drastic provides the technology to Assimilate for their CSP plug in, and MediaReactor Workstation takes that interface to a whole new level.  Providing a much wider set of file formats and codecs, MediaReactor Workstation allows Assimilate's software to access almost every production file type your workflow could need.

The latest Adobe Creative Suite products, CS5 and CS5.5, are also native 64 bit applications.  MediaReactor Workstation provides both import and export plug-ins for all of Adobe's Creative Suite tools.  The plugins provide all the advanced media support and even improve on Adobe formats like MOV and MXF.

The Windows 64 bit version of MediaReactor Workstation license also allows you to install and use the Windows 32 bit version, which is fully compatible and very useful, in Windows 64 (XP, Vista or 7).

Linux 64

The primary plugin for Linux is the direct Autodesk plugins for Flame, Flare and Lustre.  This plugin set provides access to all of MediaReactor's file format support directly in Flame, Flare, Lustre and to any other connected Autodesk app via the Wiretap gateway.  Raw camera files, broadcast files and even web compressed files are available for real time use directly on the creative workstations, and/or available for proxy or network based rendering via the gateway.  The MediaReactor UI is directly incorporated in the Autodesk products for fine control of debayer with raw file formats, and the fastest, highest quality reading directly into your workflow.  For more information and to download a trial plugin, see the MediaReactor Autodesk page.

File Formats

Support is Windows + Mac unless otherwise indicated

Extension File Format Codec Read Write
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 player 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  
CINE Phantom Phantom 10, 12 and 14 bit bayer x  
DNG CinemaDNG 10, 12 and 16 bit bayer (Aja, BlackMagic, etc) x x
DNG-VLog Panasonic Panasonic Varicam LT raw DNG x  
DPS DPS Compressed DPS files (Windows only) 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  
fhgDI, fhgDP, fhgAP fhgDI, fhgDP, fhgAP Weisscam digimag format x  
FLM FLM Adobe FilmStrip x  
FLV/SWV FLV/SWV Flash/Shockwave video x  
GEN GEN 4:2:2 YCbCr (Avid DSHD) x x
GV XML/N0/I/T/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  
HDR YUV DV25, DV50, DVHD, AVCi100, RGB, Uncompressed YCbCr 8 & 10 SD/HD x x
HDR YUV YCbCr10, YCbCr16, DPX RGB, DNxHD (licensable) x x
HDV HDV MPEG-2 camera files x  
IHSS Iridas RGB x  
JS Jaleo/Mistika Sgo native 4:2:2 YCbCr x x
KRW Kinefinity/td> KineRAW Compressed Raw x  
LUMA RMY BMY LUMA RMY BMY Uncompressed YCbCr x  
LXF Leitch/Harris DVSD, DV25, DV50, DVHD, AVCi50, AVCi100, MPEG-2, h.264 x  
MKV MKV Matroska audio video x  
MLV Magic Lantern Raw 14 bit bayer with PCM audio x  
MOV QuickTime DVSD, DV25, DV50, DVHD, AVCi100, DNxHD (licensable), CineForm*, CineForm3D*, RGBA, RGB-10 (DPX), YCbCr 8 & 10 SD/HD, standard codecs x x
MOV QuixkTime ProRes, h264, AVCi, MPEG-2, XDCam x x
MP1/MP2/MP3 MP1/MP2/MP3 MPEG audio x  
MP4 AVC1,h.264,HEVC,h.265 Apple h.264, h.264 AVC, HEVC/265 x x
MP4 XAVC-S Sony XAVC-S HD/4K Cameras x  
MP4 MPEG-2 Sony/Canon camera x  
MP4 MPEG-1 4:2:0 up to 15 mbits/sec x x
MP4 MPEG-2 4:2:0/4:2:2 SD/HD up to 80 mbits/sec x x
MP4 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 (licensable), DVHD, JPEG-2000 x  
MXF AS-11 DPP UK AVCi100, IMX 50 x  
MXF Avid DV25, DV50, DVHD, DNxHD (licensable), Uncompressed x x
MXF Canon MPEG-2 x  
MXF JPEG-2000 (requires EasyDCP license) DCP Encrypted x x
MXF JPEG-2000 Digital Cinema DCI Unencrypted x x
MXF EditCam DV25, DV50, DVHD, DNxHD (licensable) x  
MXF Grass Valley Grass Valley iCR x x
MXF Harmonic MPEG-2 x  
MXF h.264/AVC MPEG-2 x  
MXF IMF Interoperable Master Format 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
QNT Quantel Raw uncompressed YCbCr images x x
R3D RED Red camera files x  
RAW ML/IOI Magic Lantern RAW, IOIndustries RAW bayer x  
RGB 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  
TGA Targa RGB, RGBA (RLE Play Only) x x
Stills Series of Stills BMP, SGI, PSD, RAW, YUV10, YUV16, VSR, RAS, RAW, JP2, JPG - Series of stills (many others) x x
V210 V210 4:2:2 10 bit YCbCr image sequence x x
VC1 VC-1 WMV of raw wrapper x  
VOB VOB Unencrypted x  
VPB/QTL Quantel Quntel 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  
XVAC 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
YUV YUV Multi file component YCbCr files x  

Note:  The CineForm write file format requires 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.