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DANIEL2 is the world’s fastest acquisition and production video codec that enables UHD and 8K broadcast and digital cinema workflows. It does all this on hardware that would prior only be good enough to do HD, massively accelerating workflows while reducing hardware cost.

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Daniel2 Ultra-Speed Video Codec for UHD, 8K and Beyond

Cinegy

cinegy.com

CATEGORY
Production - Video Processing

DANIEL2 is the world’s fastest acquisition and production video codec that enables UHD and 8K broadcast and digital cinema workflows. It does all this on hardware that would prior only be good enough to do HD, massively accelerating workflows while reducing hardware cost.

The Daniel2 video codec is building on Cinegy’s two-decade long experience of codec development and using GPUs for video processing. In Daniel2 all this experience comes together.

Daniel2 exceeds similar codecs such as Apple ProRes and AVID DNxHR in quality (PSNR) thanks to its newer architecture and design. More importantly it is 8 – 20 times faster using the same hardware. Finally, when using GPUs for acceleration it is in a class of its own.

For encoding 8K 4:2:2 10 bit @ 60fps a six core Intel or AMD CPU is more than sufficient. For decoding 8K @ 60 fps less powerful CPUs will do. Using a NVIDIA GTX 1050 graphics card is sufficient to do full 8K playback. In this case the CPU can be a mere dual core processor as the decoding is offloaded to the NVIDIA GPU.

Daniel2 is disruptive as it dramatically lowers the barrier for 8K production but of course as well as 4K / UHD production.

Cinegy’s Daniel2 codec is part of its comprehensive Cinecoder video SDK for Windows, Mac and Linux, which makes it easy for software developers to integrate into their existing software solutions. Daniel2 uses the MXF Op1A video file format pioneered by Sony with XDCAM and used by most newer video formats such as XAVC and ProRes. Daniel2 supports editing-while-recording workflows based on SMPTE RDD-09 e.g. using Adobe Premiere or Cinegy’s own products.

Cinegy provides free Daniel2 plugins for Adobe CC (Premiere, AfterEffects and MediaEncoder) for both Windows and Mac. All Cinegy products support the Daniel2 video codec as do an increasing amount of 3rd party products, be it out of the box or using an additional plug-in.

The coming year will see Daniel2 landing on ARM based devices such as smart phones. Cinematic quality 8K production comes to your pocket.



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