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.
Premiere (CS5, 5.5, CS6.x, and CC 2014 or greater)
After Effects (CS5, 5.5, CS6.x and CC 2014 or greater)
Media Encoder (CS5, 5.5, CS6.x and CC 2014 or greater)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
Support is Windows + Mac unless otherwise indicated
Real time replay of CBR and VBR records while still recording
Uncompressed Video Toaster files (Windows only)
RGB, RGBA (RLE Play Only)
Series of Stills
BMP, SGI, PSD, RAW, YUV10, YUV16, VSR, RAS, RAW, JP2, JPG - Series of stills (many others)
4:2:2 10 bit YCbCr image sequence
WMV of raw wrapper
Quntel uncompressed YCbCr images
Panasonic Varicam Raw
16/20/24/32 bit mono/stereo pairs/extensible
Unencrypted/DRM Free only
X-AVC 264 in MXF
YCbCr raw stream
4:2:2 and 4:2:0 YCbCr image sequence
Multi file component YCbCr files
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.
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