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Old November 19th, 2006, 10:04 PM   #1
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The New Raylight

Raylight 2.0 has been released at dvfilm.com/raylight

Among the new features are multiprocessor support (up to 8 CPUS)
improved resolution in Red and Yellow, a new user interface
for RayMaker, and most importantly a P2 Authoring application
called P2 Maker.

P2 Maker has the ability to create a P2 Card image with 720/24PN
MXF files for playback on the camera, which is a unique capability,

Performance-wise on our reference system, which is a 2.2 GHZ dual-core
AMD 64, the specs are (for 720/24P):

Raylight Blue (max quality) is real time at 90% CPU utilization
Raylight Yellow (1/2 res) real time at 30% utilization
Raylight Red (1/4 res) real time at 10% CPU utilization

Raylight Red is significantly better now with 2x resolution vs.
the old Raylight.

Other new features include optional native frame size, self-contained AVI's,
180 degree rotation for 35mm adaptors, and burn-in timecode.

Also Raylight Blue has been enhanced for better blue/green screen
process shots and faster rendering. On the above reference system,
rendering effects in Blue is about 2X real time.

If you're not already familiar with Raylight, it's a real time DVCPROHD
codec and proxy that works with Adobe premiere, Sony Vegas, After Effects,
and many other applications (just about anything that works with AVI) and
can translate MXF files to AVI and vice-versa.
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Old November 20th, 2006, 09:37 AM   #2
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and most importantly a P2 Authoring application
called P2 Maker.

P2 Maker has the ability to create a P2 Card image with 720/24PN
MXF files for playback on the camera, which is a unique capability,
1. Is P2 Maker a standalone app?
2.a. What formats can it convert to MXF?
b. For instance, could I take a quicktime .mov from FCP, throw it on my PC, convert it to MXF, transfer to a P2 card and I now have an HD deck for short projects (until the Cineporter comes out)? If so, awesome.
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Old November 20th, 2006, 10:03 AM   #3
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1. Is P2 Maker a standalone app?
2.a. What formats can it convert to MXF?
b. For instance, could I take a quicktime .mov from FCP, throw it on my PC, convert it to MXF, transfer to a P2 card and I now have an HD deck for short projects (until the Cineporter comes out)? If so, awesome.

1. Yes
2a. Only Raylight AVI
2b. Yes, but you will need another app. which is included with Raylight
and that is DVFilm Maker (for Windows). You use Maker to convert the
Apple DVCPROHD quicktime to Raylight AVI. THe conversion is very quick and does not involve any recompression.

The detailed steps are:


1. Export a DVCPROHD quicktime from FCP

2. On a Windows workstation, install the demo versions of DVFilm Maker for Windows (version 2.3h) and DVFilm Raylight (version 2.01). Configure the Raylight output folder to an empty folder on your media hard drive (see the Raylight tutorial at dvfilm.com/help).

2. Open the DVCPROHD Quicktime exported from FCP in DVFilm Maker. Maker will not be able to play it back (or will play it back with a white screen) but just ignore that. In Maker select "Deinterlace" and then unselect "Deinterlace", to turn off all 24P and other processing.

3. In the advanced options select "User selects compression." All other advanced options should be OFF. Click OK to close the advanced options window.

4. Click on Start. You will be prompted for the AVI codec. Choose DVFilm RAYLIGHT. Click OK.

5. When the process is finished, you will see the movie in the AVI playback window. The AVI viewer in Maker does not play back sound. Use File, SaveAs to save the AVI with an appropriate name. You can check the AVI with Windows Media player, and control the playback quality with the Raylight
control panel (see the Raylight tutorial).

6. Start Raylight P2 Maker and drag the AVI into the P2 Maker window. See the instructions in the Raylight tutorial on using P2 Maker. The P2 Card images are stored in the "P2Cards" subfolder in the Raylight output folder. P2 Maker can also write directly to a P2 card.
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Old November 20th, 2006, 01:55 PM   #4
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Sounds pretty easy. I've been wanting this option since I bought the HVX. I'm sold.
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Old November 22nd, 2006, 12:32 PM   #5
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I use it with Vegas 6.0, and it works like a charm !
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