MTI Film has released a new update to Cortex, its family of products for managing workflows from the set through post-production. Cortex v5.3.2 includes numerous improvements to performance and user-experience and streamlines common workflow tasks.
The new release speeds interoperable media format creation by including one-click presets for Netflix, HBO and other deliverables. It also adds several features related to Dolby Vision mastering, making it easier to access analysis results and metadata, and to preview content-mapping color.
“We continue to work closely with Dolby Laboratories to make Dolby Vision IMF mastering seamless,” says MTI’s Randy Reck. “The new version adds an instant preview to check backward compatibility with earlier versions of Dolby Vision.”
Many improvements were suggested by Cortex users including one that merges Avid edit decision lists containing visual effects markers into Cortex timelines. It reduces the process of preparing VFX pulls to a single step, saving considerable time for editorial assistants. Another time-saving feature allows “one-to-many” concurrent rendering for compositions.
Additional improvements include:
SMPTE DCP audio labels automatically assigned
Temporal conversions with DNx OP-Atom
12- and 16-bit options for Disney SDR IMF
DTS audio files language setting
SMPTE B v2.1 extension metadata
Photon IMF Validator updated to latest master build
Improved playback performance in media player
IMF Option includes Display Width/Display Height
“Cortex v5.3.2 is easier to use for tasks ranging from rendering content through IMF creation,” says Reck. “We put a lot of thought into simplifying the workflow and we eliminated repetitive steps.”
MTI Film is planning the next major release of Cortex in 2021.