FootageStudio 4K makes processing video simple

Written by Neil Roberts

AcrovidFootageStudio 4K

Acrovid are a small company based in Panama City. They have just released version 1.0 of FootageStudio 4K, a video transcoding package for the PC which brings simple batch processing of video files to multiple formats including ProRes and also has noise reducton and impressive Slo Motion capabilities.

 I had never heard of Acrovid before reading the press release for FootageStudio 4K but after downloading and playing with the trial version I am quite impressed. It offers a simple user interface but allows you to easily transcode videos to other formats with all the options I would expect and a few I was surprised to see.

The first surprise is that you have the option to encode to Apple ProRes on a PC, as well as Quicktime, H264, DNxHD, Mpeg2 and even WebM, at resolutions up to 4K.

The software comes with a selection of presets but you can go in and edit the parameters. You can convert resolution and frame rates including interlaced and non-interlaced formats.

The second surprise is the option to overcrank your footage to give impressively smooth slomo from standard footage, as well as the option to add motion blur and noise reduction. All of this can be accelerated if you have a CUDA capable graphics card.

Although I experienced a few user interface glitches I am aware this is version 1.0 and so I am sure these will be ironed out in a point release.

The only negative thing I came across was that although it can accept up to 16bit footage all the processing is done at 8bit. They are working on a Pro version which will allow 16bit processing

You can download the trial version from their website at http://www.acrovid.com/download.htm

There are also a selection of example videos and some tutorials to get you started.

Full press release after the break

 Acrovid announced the immediate availability of FootageStudio 4k x64 1.0, a revolutionary stand-alone batch processor tool for video professionals and advanced amateurs, featuring a high quality video processing workflow solution, from fast transcoding to complete video transformation.

FootageStudio is an essential all-in-one tool designed to solve your workflow problems, using high quality algorithms to produce clean and crisp videos. FootageStudio is designed for ease of use, simply import your footage and set the processing options in the single window interface. The processing options can be set in a few clicks or, for tasks like aspect ratio conversions or denoiser, using a visual interface with real-time preview.

FootageStudio supports a broad range of input formats including most video formats and containers, image sequences, and video camera formats from consumer to prosumer/pro models including HDSLR formats,GoPro formats, AVCHD, HDV, XDCam, AVC-Intra and DVCProHD. Produced videos can be transcoded/encoded to high quality pro formats like VC-3/DNxHD,MJPEG or ProRes, in 8-bit and 10-bit, and to distribution formats like h.264 or webm.


FootageStudio's key features include:

· Standards conversions, framerate conversions and corrections with automatic audio pitch correction, using motion compensated algorithms to produce the best quality conversions. Converts any standard to any standard in SD,HD or 4k, NTSC or PAL, or custom dimensions and frame rate, interlaced to progressive or progressive to interlaced. Other video operations include conversions to slow motion, motion adaptive deinterlacing, tff/bff conversions and 1080i60 pulldown removal to 24p/25p.

· Video resample supporting SD/HD/4k and custom formats, with aspect ratio conversions using a visual interface, and support for video and film aspect ratios like 2.35:1. Digital Zoom, for instance to remove lens vignetting.

· Frame rate down conversions to 24p/25p/60p/50p/30p from any format,interlaced or progressive, with several configurable modes including simulated film blur mode to reduce motion-judder. It allows for instance convert to 24p with 1/48 shutter speed film blur, or convert from 120p or 240p to standard frame rates reducing motion-judder.

· High quality chroma upsampling and downsampling. The chroma is processed to produce the best quality depending on the video format, for instance chroma 4:2:0 can be upsampled to 4:2:2 or 4:4:4, or 4k 4:2:0 can be converted to HD with real chroma 4:2:2 or 4:4:4, in 8 or 10 bits bit-depth.

· Bit-depth upscaling and downscaling, with dithering and DCR upscaling mode 8-bit to 10-bit increasing dynamic range.

· Frame accurate video cutting with timecode on most formats.

· Audio sample rate/bps/channels conversions and channels to tracks remapping. Multiple audio tracks supported.

· Overcrank feature multiplies video frames for perfect slow motion.

· Video filtering: color correction, simulated motion blur configurable by shutter angle or shutter speed, film grain, cinetone, color space conversions between Rec.601(SD), Rec709(HD) and rec.2020(4k), and more.

· New professional video denoiser to remove the unwanted noise while preserving the fine details.



· Powerful and flexible smart batch processing

The smart batch-processing feature allows to import several videos in different standards, NTSC or PAL, SD, HD or 4k, any dimensions or frame rates, and just select the output format in one click. Each video conversion is configured automatically for the best quality. For instance, the user can import videos any mixed formats like 1080i60,720p60,4kp30 or 1080i50 and convert all to high quality 1080p24,1080i60,720p50 or any format.

· Convert different sources to match your project format

FootageStudio easily provides to your favorite video editor all the videos matching your project format, speeding up the edition and avoiding low quality conversions.

· Transcode/encode to edit-ready pro formats like VC-3/DNxHD in 8-bit or 10-bit

FootageStudio enables users to produce top-quality videos in edit-ready formats like VC-3/DNxHD, MJPEG or ProRes. VC-3/DNxHD format is supported in 8-bit or upscaled to 10-bit with dithering or DCR mode. Any processing feature like format conversions or denoiser can be applied in the workflow.

· Blazing speeds with parallel processing and CUDA GPU

Optimized to 128-bit, with multi core CPU and CUDA GPU support, up to 4 videos can be processed simultaneously enabling ultra-fast transcoding/processing speed.


Pricing and Availability

FootageStudio for Windows is available now for a special introductory price of $129.00 USD from the Acrovid online shop.
For more information about FootageStudio visit http://www.acrovid.com/footagestudio.htm, email , or download a free trial version directly from this link:
http://www.acrovid.com/downloads/fs4k64t_setup.exe

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