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Alchemist File

Software-based Faultless Framerate Conversion

Alchemist File is an Emmy® award-winning image processing tool in a software package that runs on commodity IT equipment to deliver picture-perfect quality the first time, every time.

Alchemist File benefits from more than two decades of research and experience into the exacting demands of format and frame rate conversion. It couples this “know how” with the latest innovative image processing technique to provide a solution which offers the industry’s best motion compensated image quality. Dealing with the challenges of complex high frame rate sports media or low frame rate drama and feature films, Alchemist File seamlessly and transparently converts from one frame rate to another,...


  • New technology optimized to offer stunning image quality however complex the source
  • Deploy on commodity IT infrastructure from a single node to the cloud
  • Simple integration via watch folders or standardized FIMS SOAP interface


GPU Support
  • Min. 2 GB for SD/HD
  • Min. 4 GB for 4K

Must support Open CL 1.2 or above

  • GeForce GTX
  • Quadro
  • Tesla
  • AMD Vega
  • AMD FirePro
  • AMD HD 6000 Series**
  • AMD HD 7000 Series **
  • AMD R7 Series**
  • AMD R9 Series
  • AMD RX Series
  • AMD Pro WX-Series



Conversion times will vary depending on hardware specification.

* Trial feature
** These cards have not been verified by Grass Valley.

File Wrappers
  • MOV (ProRes/DNxHD/JPEG 2000/DNxHR/
  • AVC-I (decode only)/XDCAM/DV)
  • MTS (AVCHD only)
  • MJ2 (JPEG 2000 only)
  • MP4 (H.264 Long GOP only)
  • MBG/TS (MPEG-2)
Video Formats
  • SD, HD and 3 Gb/s broadcast standards
  • 2K, 4K and custom resolutions up to 8K
  • Custom frame rate (12-300 Hz)
Video Codecs
  • DNxHD
  • DNxHR
  • DV25/DVCPRO25/50/100
  • D10 (IMX 30/40/50)
  • AVC-Intra 50/100
  • AVC-Intra RP2027 50/100/200
  • Apple ProRes
  • JPEG 2000 (Lossy/Lossless/DCI)
  • AVC-HD (MTS only)
  • XAVC (I-Frame/Long GOP)
  • MPEG-2
  • H.264 (Long GOP)


Uncompressed Video
  • DPX*
  • Uncompressed MOV
  • PCM input – support for 44.1, 48, 96 kHz
  • PCM output – 48 kHz only
  • AAC input only – support for 32, 44.1, 48 kHz
  • Output will always be PCM 48 kHz
  • Audio Stream Routing
  • Audio Channel Shuffling
Conversion Modes
  • Motion Compensated Interpolating
  • 2:2/2:3/custom film cadence insertion and removal
  • 2:2/2:3/custom film cadence repair
  • Mixed video/film 2:2/2:3/custom cadence
  • Video off-speed with audio pitch correction/re-sampling


Video Utilities
  • Color space conversion (REC601 BT709/SMPTE ST 2020)
  • RGB Legalization (700/721/735/custom)
  • Luma Clipper
  • Luma/Chroma/Black Level
HDR Processing
  • HDR (PQ/S-Log3/HLG) to SDR (BT709) using Grass Valley’s Advanced Tone Mapping
  • HDR (PQ/S-Log3/HLG) to HDR (PQ/S-Log3/HLG)
  • SDR to HDR (PQ/S-Log3/HLG)
  • GV File Client
  • Watch Folder
  • FIMS Media SOA Framework v1.0.7
Operating System
  • Windows (64-bit) server 2012/2008 R2
  • Windows (64-bit) 7, 8, 8.1 & 10
  • Linux (RedHat, CentOS)
  • OSX 10.9 and 10.10 (Client only)
Minimum Configuration

1x 4 Core 2.5 GHz processors
1 or more GPUs (Multiple cards should be matched)


  • SD/HD 1 GPU: 8 GB
  • SD/HD 2 GPU: 16 GB
  • SD/HD 3 GPU: 24 GB
  • SD/HD 4 GPU: 32 GB
  • 4K 1 GPU: 16 GB
  • 4K 2 GPU: 32 GB
  • 4K 3 GPU: 48 GB
  • 4K 4 GPU: 64 GB
  • Closed Caption 608/708 SMPTE ST 436 support in MXF (not including XAVC)
  • Closed Caption Line 21 IMX only


Software License

Alchemist File Base Model single license: Software only video standards converter. Enables video frame rate conversion of media files.

Mandatory Maintenance

Mandatory 1-year annual maintenance — includes 24 x 7 technical phone support and in-version software updates.



Alchemist File

Alchemist File is a unique media transformation tool designed to process valuable content for the global audience. A file-based software product, it enables the next generation of unrivaled motion compensated image transformation.

Alchemist File from Grass Valley, a Belden Brand, is an Emmy® award-winning image processing tool in a software package that runs on commodity IT equipment to deliver picture-perfect quality the first time, every time.



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