NAB: Quantel Plays 8K Card in Vegas

Quantel's Pablo Rio postproduction system will support 8K, or 16 times the resolution of HD.
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With Ultra HD TVs now offered by most leading set makers, 4K resolution — four times that of HD — is getting increasing attention in production and postproduction. But post and broadcast equipment maker Quantel came to this week’s National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show to unwrap a software upgrade to its Pablo Rio color grading and finishing system that will support Ultra HD work up to 8K resolution, or 16 times that of HD.

While most of the world is focused on 4K, Japan intends to begin 8K broadcasting in time for the 2020 Olympics, which will be held in Tokyo. At January’s CES, many major set makers, including LG, Panasonic, Samsung and Sharp, showed prototype 8K TVs.

According to Quantel, its software upgrade allows colorists to work and playback their material in real time and at resolutions up to 8K and frame rates up to 60 frame per second, allowing them to complete today’s requirements and, possibly, future requirements. The 8K support would be achieved by combining the Quantel software with i/o and processing hardware from AJA and Nvidia.

Quantel also announced that it's an AMPAS ACES partner with plans to offer fully compliant Academy Color Encoding System (ACES) support for its Pablo Rio.

During the company's NAB press conference, Tim Thorsteinson, who was named CEO in March, spoke about his plans to bring together Quantel and video processor developer Snell. The two companies merged in early 2014.

“These are two proud businesses that need to be combined so that one plus one equals three,” Thornsteinson said. “We’ll get to IBC (the annual International Broadcast Convention, which is held in September). as one company, one brand, one technology [strategy].”

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