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Quantel's Pablo Rio 8K 60p workflow was unveiled at Inter BEE 2014 this week, a world's first for post-production. The system was working in real time at the Japan-based trade show, and it'll be available next year.

"Pablo Rio is the ultimate high quality color and finishing system," said Quantel CEO and Executive Chairman, Ray Cross. "In collaboration with NHK, we've been able to power-up our software to take advantage of the latest professional hardware from NVIDIA and AJA to deliver another world first – working in real-time at 8K 60p. Together we are enabling next generation post-production."





Pablo Rio 8K adds some significant power compared to systems currently shipping, including:

  • Real time 8K 60p input and output via 16 3G SDI interfaces using AJA Corvid 88 multichannel I/O boards to achieve the necessary number of connections in a practical unit.
  • NVIDIA Tesla K80 GPU accelerators for real time 8K 60p processing -- which were announced earlier this week but are already a part of the demonstration system at Inter BEE thanks to Quantel's relationship with NVIDIA.
  • And optimized software to sustain 5GB/s, the throughput required for real time recording, processing and playback of 8K 60p.

The system demonstrated at InterBEE included four AJA Corvid 88 cards, three Tesla K80 GPU accelerators and three RAID 60 arrays offering 166 minutes of storage at 8K 60p (7680 x 4320 422 59.94 fps). 8K images were monitored in real-time on a virtual 8K display comprising four 4K monitors.

AJA Corvid 88
AJA Corvid 88 card


"Quantel always pushes our I/O cards to take advantage of their most advanced capabilities," said Nick Rashby, President at AJA Video Systems. "The Corvid 88 packs a huge amount of I/O power onto a single card and in this application there are four of them! It's exciting to be part of their world first at InterBEE."

In an industry steeped in blog posts about figuring out real time 4K workflows -- where the hint of 6K editing causes major waves -- Quantel reminds one with this announcement that they operate on a separate plane of existence in the global content creation and delivery world.

"8K workflows are becoming a reality, but they require enormous processing power, and it's impressive to see how quickly Quantel has engineered Pablo Rio to take advantage of the new NVIDIA Tesla K80 – the flagship of our Tesla platform," said Greg Estes, Vice President of Marketing at NVIDIA. "This is going to be an exciting new capability for the industry."









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