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Affordable 4K baseband SDI recording by Village Island, DekTec and Comprimato

1 September 2016

Affordable 4K baseband SDI recording by Village Island, DekTec and Comprimato

Tokyo, Japan and Hilversum, The Netherlands, Sept 1st 2016

It is now possible to perform 4K baseband SDI recording using standard and affordable PC hardware. Village Island and DekTec jointly announce VF-REC v3, a new version of the VF-REC application widely used for recording of transport streams and SDI signals using DekTec’s range of video I/O adapters. With this release, VF-REC receives a major GUI overhaul and introduces the exciting “J2K” option for JPEG 2000 compression. 

Recording/playout of an uncompressed 4K video stream in a PC is extremely challenging because of its high bitrate (12Gbps) and requires a special and expensive hard-disk sub-system. Without considerable integration effort it is practically impossible to record or playout 4K signals with a standard PC setup. VF REC v3 overcomes this problem by incorporating JPEG 2000 compression technology from Comprimato. It applies real-time visually lossless compression of 4K video, reducing the data rate sufficiently to use a PC with a standard hard-disk setup. Comprimato’s JPEG 2000 compression technology leverages the GPU resources from graphics boards provided by companies such as NVIDIA and AMD.

VF-REC stores the JPEG 2000 compressed 4K signal as an MXF-file (OP1a), which means the recorded files can be used by any tool supporting the OP1a MXF-file format. Version 3 also includes functionality for playing back the recorded 4K files.

“While 4K is gaining more and more momentum, broadcast engineers need concrete and practicle solutions to archive 4K while preserving excellent video quality,” says Bernie Rietkerken, DekTec’s Director of Marketing and Sales. “We are glad that with this software application from our longtime partner Village Island, and high performance video compression technology from Comprimato, we can bring a affordable solution to this problem.”

The recording and playout of UHD requires the usage of a 4K capable DekTec adapter. DekTec’s current flagship 4K product is the DTA-2174 (Quad 3G-SDI/ASI Input/Output adapter), with multiple new 4K products on the roadmap. As they appear, support for these cards will be added to VF-REC.

According to Michael van Dorpe, President at Village Island, “we know that the DekTec board and associated Matrix API architecture offer the right functions to implement advanced real-time processing, and enable in fact much more. We saved a lot of development effort by just making good use of the smart hard- and software environment offered by DekTec.”

To summarize, VF-REC v3 brings a new GUI look and feel, support for 4K SDI recording and playout using JPEG 2000 compression technology, as well as maintaining all its existing features, such as: recording of transport-streams and SD/HD/3G-SDI signals, scheduled recording to single or multiple files, and remote control.


About Village Island
Village Island is a challenging, young and dynamic company well known in Japan and South-East Asia for distributing DekTec and a wide range of broadcast technologies. Village Island proposes state-of-the-art, affordable and flexible technology in response to customer needs. 

Aside its distributor role, Village Island develops software solutions, supply integrated systems, offers seminars and professional services for the broadcast industry. 

Village Island is head-quartered in Tokyo with a daughter company in Singapore, Village Island Asia, covering the whole of South-East Asia and assisted by two local offices in Indonesia and Malaysia. Since its creation in 2005, Village Island has been deploying thousands of equipment and systems to key players in the audiovisual industry.

For more information: www.village-island.com

About DekTec Digital Video 
DekTec is a leading manufacturer of PCI Express cards, USB devices, IP converters and software libraries for interfacing digital-TV signals to PC servers, desktops and laptops. The products offer a wide array of SDI, IP, ASI and RF interfaces, covering all signal formats used in professional broadcast systems. 

The interface adapters are supported by a comprehensive and uniform SDK, enabling integrators to create PC-based broadcast equipment and solutions with fast time-to-market. For the end-user market DekTec provides a number of mature Test and Measurement applications. The company’s StreamXpert® analyzer, the StreamXpress® player and Xpect® monitoring solution have become the standard in the industry. 

DekTec headquarters is based in Hilversum, The Netherlands. Additional sales and design & development operations are located in Denver, Colorado, and London.

For more information: www.dektec.com

About Comprimato 
Comprimato is a high-resolution video and image compression company offering media & entertainment and geospatial imaging technology company’s life-like viewing experience for better enjoyment and more accurate decision-making. 
Comprimato compression technology leverages the power of NVIDIA, Intel and AMD GPUs and CPUs to speed up real-time Ultra HD video and image compression 4X in video processing devices. Because of its unique GPU acceleration, Comprimato also powers interactive video editing workflows. 
Founded in 2013 with offices in San Francisco, California and Brno, Czech Republic, Comprimato’s video and image compression technology is trusted by several leading global media and entertainment and geospatial imaging companies, including BAE Systems, Harris, Nokia, Telestream, Technicolor and Vizrt. For more information about how Comprimato can speed up your video and image compression, please visit www.comprimato.com

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