Quantel and Snell Press Release: Alchemist OD turnkey solutions released


New development offers Snell’s unique format and framerate conversion in a tailor-made, convenient and very powerful platform

Last Updated: June 12, 2015 10:22 pm GMT
(Newbury, UK--June 12, 2015) Snell announced today that its Alchemist OD format and framerate converter is now available as a choice of fully configured, Snell-supported turnkey solutions, as well as continuing to be available as software-only.

The new turnkey systems combine Snell’s industry-leading media processing software with carefully selected, state-of-the-art hardware to deliver outstanding performance and reliability out of the box.

There are two choices of hardware configurations for Alchemist OD – Professional and Enterprise. The Professional package utilizes high-performance commodity components to create a highly cost-effective conversion solution for standard use; the Enterprise package incorporates enterprise grade components for heavy 24/7 usage, including data center applications. With additional features such as ECC memory, redundant power supplies and increased CPU processing power as well as the option to install a high speed host bus adapter, the Enterprise solution enables fast connectivity to remote NAS/SAN storage. Both systems are delivered in a versatile 4U chassis and come with Windows Server 2012, enabling support for the Apple ProRes family of codecs.

“Everyone who sees the quality and flexibility of Alchemist OD software is instantly convinced,” said Jeremy Courtney, Business Leader – Snell On Demand. “However it has become clear that some customers prefer to avoid the time and hassle of choosing the hardware and configuring the system themselves – as well as keeping the expertise on hand to put things right in the event of hardware problems. Our new Alchemist OD turnkey solutions answer this perfectly; they are fully configured and certified by Snell experts, ready to go right out of the box and both the hardware and software are supported by Snell. It means the customer can get on with their business secure in the knowledge that they have the highest quality, most reliable and best supported file-based converters in the business.”

Alchemist OD turnkey solutions can be purchased via the worldwide Snell sales and reseller network or direct from the Snell online store website http://snellondemand.com/products/turnkey-solutions/.

About Alchemist OD

Designed for in-house use by post production houses, content owners, broadcasters and media facilities, the Alchemist OD format and framerate converter delivers even more quality, frame rate wizardry and power than the gold-standard Alchemist Ph.C in a cost-effective software package. Snell’s acclaimed algorithms ensure stunning pictures however complex the source, shortening turnaround times and enhancing client satisfaction. Adaptive Cadence Technology extends this power further, solving the problem of mixed cadence media. Alchemist OD supports all common file formats, including Apple ProRes 422, XAVC and MP4.

About Quantel and Snell

Quantel and Snell are world leaders in enabling broadcasters, media organizations and post production facilities to create, process, manage and deliver their valuable media content. The Snell and Quantel product range encompasses the whole production chain across Live TV, News, Sports, Post and TV Everywhere. Our systems enable the productive and flexible workflows needed to stay ahead in today’s competitive global media market, empowering customers to achieve greater efficiencies and increase revenue while delivering high quality content to multiple platforms.

More about the Quantel product range at http://www.quantel.com; more about the Snell product range at http://www.snellgroup.com


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