PFT rebrands Dax to Clear to transform post-production processes

MUMBAI: Prime Focus Technologies (PFT) has rebranded its patented Dax Digital Dailies to Clear. Initially released in 2004, Dax pioneered the online Dailies experience at a time when the industry was using DVDs and has been the only patented Dailies solution since.

While Dax has undergone several changes since its acquisition by PFT in 2014, it now morphs into Clear with a host of new features that aim to transform the post-production processes.

The updated Clear aims to revolutionise content creation with brand new collaboration tools, upgraded performance, embedded MAM functionality, strong workflow management and the ability to handle Mezzanine/raw content. Users can now drive post-production supply chain efficiencies like never before – ingest, delivery, Master QC, localisation, and Mastering can be easily managed and administered on Clear.

“As part of Clear, we have expanded Dax from a dailies solution into a holistic content creation and post-production supply chain platform. Clear brings to the table a host of creative collaboration & post-production tools in the cloud with powerful MAM and supply chain management capabilities. We look forward to delivering an exceptional user experience and tangible business benefits to content creators,” said PFT founder, global CEO Ramki Sankaranarayanan.

Used by 50% of US studios, the product now sports new powerful functionalities and is all set to power the US studios to unleash their full potential.

The company said that while it continues to be the premier solution for dailies, cuts, document management including scripts and schedules, Clear’s armory of MAM features and tools delivers enormous possibilities.

It further stated that users can upload, manage and create a cloud archive of a user’s RAW or mezzanine (ProRes, DNX) production content (i.e. finals, screeners and marketing content), transcode to any format and deliver to their VFX vendors or creative agencies to create trailers and promos.

They can also easily view, manage – both scripted and unscripted content – or search for your content. Add comments, create clips and sizzle reels, collaborate with your post teams as soon as you start uploading content.

New features also include:

·         Apple TV App – The new app, custom-built for screening content on TVs in a simple interface innovatively designed for instant and secure access

·         Next-generation HTML5 Player – Stream content at higher bitrates without interruption all the way up to 10mbps/4K/HDR

·         Support for mezzanine content, in DNxHD or ProRes formats – Automate proxy creation and view cuts at much higher quality and manage a multitude of formats

·         Multi-cloud architecture – Enjoy the flexibility and proven security of best-of-breed public cloud infrastructure (AWS, Azure, etc.) or tap into on-premise content stores

·         One-click share – Share content securely with both CLEAR and non-CLEAR users, with expiration dates

·         Enhanced Security – Gold standard security features further bolstered with Just-in-Time Watermarking, a lightning-fast, ironclad new Just-in-Time visible video watermark

·         Administration module – This allows users to manage production’s users, access permissions and folders

·         Create your own user experience – Select a light or dark background, player settings and navigation views to suit your preferences

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