Snell has released its Alchemist OD format and framerate converter as configured solutions.
The new systems, which will continue to be available as software-only, combine Snell's media processing software with hardware to deliver outstanding performance and reliability.
Alchemist OD brings two choices of hardware configurations - Professional and Enterprise. The Professional package uses high-performance commodity components to create a conversion solution for standard use; the Enterprise package incorporates enterprise grade components for heavy 24/7 usage, including data centre applications.
With additional features such as ECC memory, redundant power supplies, increased CPU processing power and 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 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.”