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v8.2 Pomfort Silverstack

Pomfort Silverstack
 

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Clever Media Management for Film Productions

Silverstack is your tool for media acquisition and professional data management. Silverstack imports and handles any kind of camera and media format. In fact, Silverstack offers a flexible way of data handling by supporting any kind of file format. This includes sound files, photos, any camera media, and all other production documents.

Benefit from Silverstack

Superfast and simultaneous – automatically backup, structure, and manage your movie data with the highest efficiency.

Silverstack is the most comprehensive software for securely backing up footage and ingesting data in a fast, organized, and transparent way. Either on set, near set, or in post-production environments Silverstack lets you instantly secure data, preview source material, and create all kinds of reports based on one central metadata library.

The professional handling of digital media assets with the right set of powerful and innovative features gives you and your team maximum confidence to cover production-critical tasks with the greatest control and care.

Unrivaled Data Processing

Silverstack delivers top performance in terms of copy and verification speed and simultaneously extracts all file metadata for building a valuable clip library.

Major Camera Formats

RAW, 8K, or compressed – Silverstack offers support for all major camera formats and even can link the specific audio and look information to the corresponding clips.

Improve Collaboration

The ability to customize and share project metadata enables teams to complete all aspects of every production more quickly while reducing manual rework.

Maximum Control over Shooting Data

Source material is a highly valuable asset on set. In order to securely manage and control this material, Silverstack introduces a clearly structured process for handling source material throughout production.

silverstack backup Copy and Backup Your Data Securely.

Silverstack copies material using common and up to date checksum methods, making sure that footage is offloaded from cameras and backed up to multiple destinations in a highly secure way. For example, with Silverstack’s cascading copy function, backup your footage to the fastest medium first, before a second copy process is automatically started to the remaining drives. To be clear, this happens all while the same level of safety is retained.

 

silverstack manage dataManage Data Transparently in One Place.

Silverstack automatically stores and structures all offloaded and ingested data in its central clip library. This library, the solid foundation for a clearly arranged and transparent data management workflow, keeps all digital assets organized in one place. In other words, assets are easy to find, trace, and mobilize all required clip, audio, and look information.

 

Silverstack + ShotHub

Benefit From Cloud-Powered Library Sync Across Units

Working with multiple units? Sync each unit’s local Silverstack clip library via Pomfort’s cloud service ShotHub to drastically accelerate your data handling.

Multiple Silverstack units offload and perform jobs in parallel, while all connected libraries get updated automatically, bi-directionally, and in real-time. The result: Seamless collaboration and complete data transparency across locations.

Extensive Reporting Capabilities

Summarize All Media Related Information and Share It with Your Team.

Documenting and sharing the results of all data management activities represents an important part of your everyday professional responsibility. With Silverstack, you can generate various report types such as shooting day reports, clip reports, thumbnail reports, or volume reports. With just a few clicks, easily tailor and customize the report to your production’s specific requirements.

silverstack collaborationImproved Collaboration on Set and Beyond

Easily Transfer Digital Assets and Share Information with Your Team.

Silverstack offers all the flexibility you need for your specific production workflows. The powerful integration with all common third-party tools like DaVinci Resolve, AVID Media Composer, and Adobe Premiere enables a seamless transfer of data and color for further review and processing. In addition, the opportunity to generate customizable clip reports with just a few clicks gives the entire production team a quick and detailed overview of all relevant production data.

silverstack quality checkOn-set Quality Check of Source Material

Playback and Inspect Clips Natively to Detect Image Errors Instantly.

Silverstack enables you to detect image errors directly on set. To explain, this prevents costly surprises in post-production. Playback your clips natively in different resolutions. Optionally, monitor the image via HD-SDI to ensure that all material meets your quality expectations. Furthermore, check clipping, focus, and exposure with Silverstack’s visual controls. In addition, use Silverstack’s look management functionality for applying and adjusting colors.


Silverstack and Silverstack XT

Silverstack covers all functionality for comprehensive on-set data management. In addition, Silverstack XT extends these features by additional formats, distributed workflows, and specific post features.

FeaturesSilverstackSilverstack XT
Secure copy with common checksum methods
In-depth metadata acquisition and editing
Clip transfer to various 3rd party tools
CDL and LUT grading engine
Advanced grading features including ACES color processing
Basic audio file handling and playback
Advanced audio file handling, playback and manual audio sync
Basic transcoding functionalities
HD-SDI output
Backup to LTO/LTFS

 

Compatibility

Operating Systems

Our software Silverstack requires an Apple Mac machine with macOS 10.15 or higher operating system. Since we are using the latest of macOS technologies, we are not planning to support earlier versions of macOS, neither will we port Silverstack to another operating system in the near future.

If your MacBook Pro is equipped with an ExpressCard/34-, CompactFlash- or SD card-slot, you can directly offload clips from any SxS, CompactFlash or SD card as they are used by following cameras: ARRI Alexa (SxS),  RED and AJA Ki Pro  (CompactFlash), Sony Sony F5 / F55, Canon EOS C300, Canon EOS DSLRs , Nikon DSLRs and GoPro (SD Card). Otherwise you need a suitable card reader.

You can find a list of supported formats in the article Assets in Silverstack. All formats with no specific detection will be handled as generic files. Please see the article Generic File Formats for more information.

For a realtime playback of your offloaded video files the usage of a fast hard drive as a SSD card is recommended.

Advanced Camera Support

ARRIRAW

  • ARRI Alexa (.ari) **
  • ARRI Alexa LF (.ari) **
  • ARRI Alexa Mini (.mxf) **
  • ARRI Alexa Mini LF (.mxf) **
  • ARRI Amira (.mxf) **
  • ARRI Alexa 65 (.ari) **

CODEX HDE ARRIRAW (.arx)

  • ARRI Alexa **
  • ARRI Alexa LF **
  • ARRI Alexa Mini LF **
  • ARRI Alexa 65 **

Blackmagic RAW

  • Blackmagic Design URSA Mini Pro 4.6K
  • Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera 4K

AVC-Intra

  • Panasonic Varicam **

Canon XF Movies

  • Canon C300 Mk. I & II **
  • Canon C500 Mk. I & II **
  • Canon C700 and C700 FF **
  • Canon C200 **
  • Canon C70 **

Canon XF-HEVC

  • Canon XF705 **

Canon MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 (.mts)

  • Canon C100 **

Canon Cinema Raw Light (.crm)

  • Canon C200 and C200B

Canon Uncompressed RAW (.rmf)

  • XT Canon C700 and C700 FF
  • XT Canon C300 Mk II

CinemaDNG

  • BMCC
  • Bolex D16 **
  • Ikonoskop
  • IndieCam

Generic Image Sequences

  • JPEG
  • TIFF
  • DPX

H.264 Quicktime Movies

  • Canon DSLR **
  • GoPro Hero **
  • Nikon DSLR **

Kinefinity KineRAW (.krw)

  • TERRA 4K/5K/6K
  • KineMINI 4K
  • KineMAX 6K

Panasonic DNG RAW

  • Panasonic Varicam LT (with Convergent Design Odyssey7Q+)

Phantom Cine

  • XT Vision Research Phantom Flex/Flex4K/Miro/v2640 Onyx

ProRes Quicktime Movies

  • AJA KiPro
  • ARRI Alexa / Alexa LF **
  • ARRI Alexa Mini **
  • ARRI Amira **
  • RED cameras **
  • Panasonic Varicam **
  • Atomos Ninja and Samurai
  • Codex Action Cam
  • Convergent Design Odyssey

ProRes (.mxf)

  • ARRI Alexa Mini LF **

REDCODE

  • RED V-Raptor 8K
  • RED Weapon Dragon 6K, Weapon Helium 8K S35, Weapon Monstro 8K VV **
  • RED Raven 4.5K **
  • RED Komodo
  • RED Scarlet-X, Scarlet Dragon, Scarlet-W 5K **
  • RED Epic-X, Epic Dragon, Epic-W 8K **
  • RED One, RED One MX **

Sony RAW

  • XT Sony F5/F55/F65, Venice

V-RAW

  • XT Panasonic Varicam

X-OCN LT, ST and XT

  • XT Sony F5/F55
  • XT Sony Venice (with AXS-R7 recorder)
  • XT Sony Venice 2

XAVC

  • Sony F5/F55, Venice **

XAVC S

  • Sony a7S **

 

 

 

What’s new in version 8.2?

Cloud Backup and Sync:

  • Direct S3 Upload: Backup your files in an AWS S3 bucket or other service that implements the S3 API (XT only)
  • ShotHub Library Sync: Improved robustness in unreliable network conditions, better error handling and user interface when syncing the clip library with Pomfort ShotHub

Color Grading:

  • Look Compatibility: Support for latest Livegrade looks
  • Knee Curve Node: Create simple “knee” and “toe” curve adjustments to quickly modify contrast range and limits of highlights and shadows
  • LUT Interpolation: Choose between different interpolation methods like trilinear and tetrahedral interpolation

ACES Workflow:

  • ACES v1.3: Support for ACES version 1.3.0 including Reference Gamut Compress
  • Load CLF in LMT: Load Common LUT Format (CLF) files in LMT node for round-tripping in ACES workflows
  • ACES Look Metadata: The metadata fields “ACES Input Transform”, “ACES Input TransformID”, “ACES Output Transform”, “ACES Output TransformID”, “LMT Nodes” and “Reference Gamut Compress” reflects ACES look metadata in the general info and the clips table to make it available in reports

Performance:

  • Canon RAW: GPU acceleration for CRM decoding now also available on M1 Macs

Export:

  • FCPXML: Export one or multiple bins or folders with synced audio files as events and projects for Final Cut Pro X
  • ALE: New options to include ACES look information, to export camera letters lowercased and to leave the “clip names”-column blank

Offload:

  • MP4/MOV file renaming: Option to sort clips by timecode, creation date or file name before adding unique number

A detailed list of all changes can be found in the Silverstack 8 changelog.

What’s new in version 8.1?

Fully Native:

  • Updated components and remaining SDKs: Decoding and encoding of all formats run natively on Apple’s M1 and Intel machines

Performance Boosts:

  • ARRIRAW decoding: Improved performance on most systems
  • CRM decoding: Improved performance on most systems
  • RED decoding: Improved and made GPU decoding new default on M1 systems
  • Metal API: Improved and active per default on all systems. Results in better performance for many formats, especially on newer hardware
  • M1 Pro/Max: Improved support of hardware acceleration (esp. ProRes) by default
  • Grading: Improved responsiveness

Livegrade Support:

  • FilmLight BLG looks: Import and match looks with FilmLight BLG grading mode via PFL/PFLA

Offload:

  • Input-dependent offload settings: Automatically apply input specific offload settings like destination paths or renaming patterns by associating offload setting templates with input devices (e.g., Alexa, GoPro, Audio)

Metadata Exchange:

  • ZoeLog Camera Report: Select, preview, and import camera metadata to the clip library
  • Adobe XML Export: Added option to set reel name metadata from “Video Clip Name”

Localization:

  • Chinese Localization: Silverstack user interface now available in Chinese

A detailed list of all changes can be found in the Silverstack 8 changelog.

What’s new in version 8?

Pomfort Shothub:

  • Library Sync: Keep a shared project clip library in sync across multiple Silverstack applications
  • ShotID: Retrieve clip metadata and file information in the web browser or share the ShotID link for direct access

Audio:

  • Multiple audio slate markers: Sync multiple video clips with the same or different claps on one audio clip

Metadata Import:

  • Preview changes: Validate imported metadata from Livegrade or 3rd party tools against the values in your library before adding or overwriting them
  • Import options: Choose what information to import more granularly

Library:

  • Condense table layout: Option to show all columns containing metadata or hide empty columns, depending on what information is actually available in your clips
  • Report all LUTs: “LUT Nodes” now lists the names of all types of grading LUTs (1D, 3D, LMT), shown in the clips table and the general info

Project Settings:

  • Labels and Custom Fields: Set custom label names or titles for fields “Custom1-6” for each project individually

Improved Slating:

  • Slating System: Choose a “Slating System” (Standard/American/All) including new menu items and actions for editing the slate info
  • Scene Letter: Enable the “Scene Letter” option to append a letter on “Increase Scene” actions automatically
  • Skipped Characters: Choose characters to be skipped when incrementing the scene, shot, and take fields

Performance Improvements:

  • Metal support: Improves the performance of ProRes processing on certain systems
  • RED GPU Decoding: Can improve processing speed for R3D files on systems with low CPU performance (opt-in)

Offloading:

  • MP4/MOV file renaming: Apply a renaming pattern during offload to get individual file names for your clips, even if the camera didn’t provide them out of the box

A detailed list of all changes can be found in the Silverstack 8 changelog.

 

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