IRIDAS Announces MetaRender

New Workflow Automation Application to Debut at IBC 2008
Munich: September 5, 2008 … IRIDAS, a leader in digital cinema workflow integration technologies, has announced MetaRender, a new application for automating complex transcoding tasks in production pipelines and post facilities. MetaRender works across platforms and greatly simplifies the task of managing file conversions, including burning-in grading or LUTs and adding file information for viewing with digital dailies. Visitors to IBC can see MetaRender at booth 7.H20, where IRIDAS is co-exhibiting with Cine-tal.


MetaRender works in two ways. It can be controlled from SpeedGrade to off-load rendering to one or more separate machines. It also operates as a stand-alone render management system to batch process transcoding tasks across whole render farms. Timelines can be rendered out as one complete file, or as individual clips, each with their own reel ID and time-code information.

“This is perfect for working with editing applications, such as Final Cut Pro,” explained Michael Gallo, head of software development at IRIDAS. “It provides a complete round-trip solution: proxies with file names and time codes are generated for off-line editing with MetaRender. Then the EDL is sent back to SpeedGrade DI for finishing work on the original full-resolution content.”

MetaRender reads and writes all industry standard file formats, including AVI, QuickTime, OpenEXR, DPX files and many others. MetaRender incorporates IRIDAS’ exclusive RealTime RAW 2.0 technology, supporting digital cinema RAW formats, including ARRI D21, DALSA 4K, Phantom, Silicon Imaging, Cineform and Weisscam, at resolutions of 2K, 3K, and 4K. Through the RED SDK MetaRender supports transcoding of R3D files for Mac and Windows.

“It is great to be able to take virtually any file format off the timeline and send it so quickly and easily right to the render queue,” said J├╝rgen Firsching, managing director at DVE, IRIDAS’ reseller in Germany. “By automating so many steps in such a simple way, this tool will save facilities a tremendous amount of time and money.”

MetaRender is available for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux, and is fully scalable. Users can add nodes as required. A single license for MetaRender, including a render node for a second machine, costs USD 1499. Additional nodes are available for USD 499, with volume discounts for larger orders.

“There is currently no equivalent to the telecine process to provide media for offline editing, like we have in the 35mm film world,” said Lin Kayser, CEO of IRIDAS. “With IRIDAS MetaRender that has now changed. The ability to distribute transcoding to a cluster of computers speeds up the process, providing a scaleable solution to fit any schedule or budget.”

See MetaRender at the IRIDAS booth (7.H20) during IBC, September 12 through 16, 2008, at the RAI Congress Centre in Amsterdam. For more information, or to schedule a demo, please contact IRIDAS at +49 89 330 35 142 or visit

IRIDAS pioneered desktop film-resolution playback in 2001. Its FrameCycler products are now the industry standard for frame-based image review. In 2003 IRIDAS introduced the first non-destructive color correction application. In 2007, IRIDAS presented the first GPU-based RAW playback technology. Today SpeedGrade and FrameCycler, including RealTime RAW 2.0, provide the critical links in an end-to-end pipeline for digital image content and color metadata. IRIDAS’ applications are used by filmmakers around the world and most major animation and postproduction houses. IRIDAS is an independent, privately held company, headquartered in Munich, Germany.

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