Quantel unveiled a new Pablo Rio working in realtime at 8K, 60P at Inter BEE 2014 in Tokyo this week. The new Pablo Rio 8K, which was was developed in collaboration with Japan’s national broadcaster, NHK, will ship next year.
“In collaboration with NHK, we’ve been able to power up our software to take advantage of the latest professional hardware from NVIDIA and AJA to deliver another world first – working in real-time at 8K 60P,” said Quantel CEO and executive chairman Ray Cross.
Pablo Rio is a software-based color correction and finishing system that runs on high performance PC hardware. The new Pablo Rio 8K has three significant advantages over the systems shipping today.
Firstly, the system offers real-time 8K, 60P input and output via 16 3G-SDI interfaces using AJA Corvid 88 multichannel I/O boards to achieve the necessary number of connections. Secondly, it relies on NVIDIA’s new Tesla K80 GPU accelerators, announced earlier this week, to achieve the processing power necessary for 8K, 60P. And finally, the software has been optimized to sustain the 5 GBps throughput required for real-time recording, processing and playback of 8K data.
The system demonstrated at Inter BEE included four AJA Corvid 88 cards, three Tesla K80 GPU accelerators and three RAID 60 arrays offering 166 minutes of storage at 8K 60P (7680 x 4320, 422, 59.94 fps). 8K images were monitored in real-time on a virtual 8K display comprising four 4K monitors.
“Quantel always pushes our I/O cards to take advantage of their most advanced capabilities,” said Nick Rashby, president at AJA Video Systems. “The Corvid 88 packs a huge amount of I/O power onto a single card and in this application there are four of them.”
“8K workflows are becoming a reality, but they require enormous processing power, and it’s impressive to see how quickly Quantel has engineered Pablo Rio to take advantage of the new NVIDIA Tesla K80 – the flagship of our Tesla platform,” said Greg Estes, vice president of marketing at NVIDIA. “This is going to be an exciting new capability for the industry.”