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Clipster is simply the de facto DCP creation tool when you’re doing DCP for a living. While other finishing tools are capable of creating packages out of the back, Clipster is purpose-built for the job. International Film festivals, including Edinburgh, London and the Berlinale use Clipster to speedily generate DCPs from submissions in a variety of film, tape and file formats.
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CLIPSTER will get your projects in SD, HD, 2K, 4K or even 5K going. It is the perfect solution for conforming and finishing uncompressed data in any workflow. It offers stunning hardware power and innovative software for unrivalled flexibility and can be used in any video or film post production environment. In the high-end digital film post workflow, CLIPSTER takes on special tasks in real time like creating dailies, conforming and versioning in any desired video and file format.

Mastering Excellence

The award-winning CLIPSTER mastering station is the perfect solution for any DI workflow. A complete hardware and software turnkey finishing system, CLIPSTER equips useres with a robust toolset to tackle any challenge and enhance the post production of film and broadcast projects.

Use this advanced system for a large variety of DI steps from capturing to mastering in several digital distribution formats. CLIPSTER already meets the challenges of the future today, enabling digital deliveries from RAW camera files, the creation of mezzanine formats like IMF (Interoperable Master Format) or AS-02 packages and DCI cinema projects (including 3D), and the conforming and editing of uncompressed 4K data in real time.

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The core of your DI Workflow in one package

CLIPSTER is feature-rich for use in all facets of post production. A complete package, CLIPSTERenables: capturing of any video format including high-resolution film data; real-time processing; comprehensive conforming and editing of the RAW data; scaling and color correction; automated stereoscopic correction of geometry and color misalignments; interaction with color grading tools by third-party vendors; versioning in various formats including AS-02 and IMF; and stereoscopic DCI Mastering. The mastering station efficiently manages the core tasks in your DI workflow in one box, eliminating time-consuming pre-processing and copying. CLIPSTER excels with amazing flexibility and openness and integrates easily into new or existing film and broadcast post production workflows. By consistently following up on our upgrade paths, we offer CLIPSTER as a state-of-the-art workstation that is able to meet tomorrow’s challenges today.

Real-time saves you real time

Say goodbye to lost time waiting for vital DI processing steps to be completed.  CLIPSTER’s real-time features include RAW processing, conforming, editing, color correction and versioning. The DI workstation converts image data to any given format and easily handles any data, from SD, HD and 2K up to 4K. Benefit from CLIPSTER’s real-time features, and use the time savings to optimize your creative workflow.

Uncompressed data

CLIPSTER is the only system worldwide to process uncompressed, multi-format file sequences like DPX or TIFF in 8, 10, 12, or even 16-bit RGB 4:4:4 – all in real time, even up to 4K. No waiting time; no artifacts!

Any quality, any format

No matter the format or resolution – CLIPSTER can handle it all. In addition to DPX, OpenEXR, Cineon, TGA and TIFF, this powerful workstation supports more than 100 other graphic formats for project use. CLIPSTER also handles other formats, such as JPEG2000, QuickTime, Apple ProRes 422 (4444, HQ, LT, Proxy), Avid DNxHD, Panasonic DVCPRO HD, P2 (incl. 3D P2) and AVC-Ultra (AVC-Intra 50/100 and AVC-Intra Class 200), Sony XDCAM HD, Sony SR formats, Windows Media, MXF, MPEG-1/2, and RAW data from digital film cameras such as RED, ARRI, Sony, Phantom or Silicon Imaging. Each format has its benefits – which is why CLIPSTER supports them all. Work in real time with SD, HD, 2K and even beyond 4K material, either truly uncompressed in RGB 4:4:4 or compressed.

Premium software meets powerful hardware

In a unique combination, our hardware and software are perfectly optimized for each other. We develop these two components together to be able to offer our clients perfect tools for outstanding project performance, from batch capturing to conforming to color correction of uncompressed, high-resolution file sequences in real time.

Any in, any out

When workflows change with every new project, clients demand high flexibility, or project data requires complete re-processing to be delivered in formats ranging from video tapes to mezzanine formats like IMF* or AS-02 and Digital Cinema packages, turn to CLIPSTER. The mastering station handles multiple formats and multiple resolutions in a single timeline. Files in various color spaces, bit-depth, and sampling rates can be mixed and matched in your timeline and can be quickly processed without any conversions. The CLIPSTER software has proven itself over many years of use and assists you with any conforming, editing, or versioning steps. The hardware features 20 video interfaces, from HD-SDI dual-link to RGBS to DVI and outputs up to 16 bit.

Intuitive GUI for creative freedom

Hundreds of buttons for one workflow? CLIPSTER will not obscure your vision: The GUI is designed for intuitive operation, with specific user guidance to support your creativity. As for mastering: Let our wizards ease the way for you. The wizards guide you through all settings until your individual output package is written onto the storage. Use CLIPSTER® to implement your innovative ideas in your projects – always in maximum image quality.

Openness, certificates and awards

An open system, CLIPSTER provides superior interoperability with third-party systems. Its flexibility, Windows NTFS, SAN connectivity, and OpenFX enable its use for a wide range of video processing, broadcasting, and digital cinema applications. CLIPSTER can be remote-controlled from RS-422 or in a SOA (service-oriented architecture) over SOAP commands. CLIPSTER is certified regularly by other vendors and has been honored with a number of prestigious accolades, including the Hollywood Post Alliance’s Engineering Excellence Award and the Digital Cinematography Award. CLIPSTER is a valuable partner in any workflow and quickly establishes itself as an excellent, indispensable team player.


Key Features

Timeline & Timecode & Conforming

  • Multi-track video (2D/3D) and audio timeline
  • Separate metadata timeline for subtitles and closed captions
  • Full editing features including EDL and FCP XML
  • Burn-in for customizable text, timecode, keycode and frame numbers
  • Timecode or fame readout
  • Automatic color matching
  • 3D depth histogram and Stereo Analyzer STAN
  • Timeline archiving function


  • Format conversion in real time
  • Zooming (up- and downscaling) in real time with multiple scaling algorithms
  • Panning, cropping, rotation and flip/flop
  • Scaler and EDL-control for color correction systems
  • Stereoscopic correction toolset
  • Color processing for RAW files (e.g.RED, ARRI, Sony)
  • 6 vector, primary and secondary color correction with shapes
  • 3D look-up tables for color management
  • Dissolves and SMPTE wipes in real-time
  • Color space conversion in real time (YUV <-> RGB <-> X’Y’Z’)


  • Real-time review including subtitles and/or closed captions
  • Intelligent high-speed transwrapping and transcoding of JPEG2000 essences
  • DCI Mastering with full DCI compliance (supporting Interop, Transitional1 and full SMPTE)
  • Hardware-based DCP encryption
  • DCI subtitling (incl. depth animation, editing)
  • DCI audio labelling including D-Box support
  • Automated DCI compliance validation
  • IMF Mastering following SMPTE specification (incl. application layer #2 extensions)
  • AS-02 Mastering with closed captions (aux. data and VANC) support
  • Direct capture to AS-02
  • Subtitle & closed captions conversions to and from .SCC
  • All mastering formats are handled as project files for efficient remastering


  • Automatic metadata extraction of clips in watch folders
  • Metadata and DPX header editing
  • Platform-independent file sharing
  • Search in local drives or in the whole network
  • Defragmentation of volumes or file sequences
  • Metadata and DPX header editing

I/O tool

  • Manual and interval capturing
  • Log and capture via RS-422
  • Batch capturing and autoconform (EDL)
  • Capture list creation from an EDL, logging or importing Excel files
  • VTR emulation mode
  • 3:2 pull-down creation and removal
  • Recording directly on the NTFS Windows® file system
  • Multi-format recording on a single partition


  • Sample rate conversion and time stretching
  • Unlimited audio tracks for editing
  • Sample and frame-based editing

I/O, Sync and Remote Controls

  • SD-/HD-SDI input and output in YUV(A) or RGB(A) 8/10/12 bit (single-/dual- link)
  • Analog RGBS/YUV output, DVI connector
  • SD down-converted output in PAL/NTSC
  • 16 channels of 24 bit digital audio, 48 kHz I/O (AES/EBU and embedded audio)
  • 2 analog stereo monitor outputs
  • RS-422 in & out

Video Formats

525i/59.94 720 x 486 (D1) 960 x 486 (D5)
625i/25 720 x 576 (D1) 960 x 576 (D5)
625i/24 720 x 576 (‘Slow PAL’)
1280 x 720p /23.98/24/25/29.97/30/50/59.94/60
1366 x 768p /50/59.94/60/90/120
1920 x 1035i /29.97/30
1920 x 1080i /23.98/24/25/29.97/30
1920 x 1080psF /23.98/24/25/29.97/30
1920 x 1080p /23.98/24/25/29.97/30/50/59.94/60
2048 x 1556psF /14.99/15/19.98/20
4096 x 3112psF /5
2048 x 1080psF /23.98/24
2048 x 1080p /23.98/24
2048 x 1556psF /23.98/24/25/30
2048 x 1556p /23.98/24/25/30
4096 x 3112
4096 x 2160
3860 x 2400
4096 x 1714
1998 x 1080psF /23.98/24
2048 x 1080
2048 x 858psF /23.98/24
3996 x 2160
4096 x 1714

Editing Features


  • Capturing, editing, processing, conforming, versioning and managing tools
  • DCI Mastering tools for generating encrypted DCPs (Digital Cinema Packages)
  • Any resolution from SD to 4K
  • Video formats in 8/10/12/16bit and float
  • Export to JPEG2000, Apple ProRes 422 (4444, HQ, LT, Proxy), Avid DNxHD®, WMV, QuickTime®, Panasonic AVC-Ultra, Sony XDCAM® and other broadcast MXF formats
  • Support of more than 100 graphic formats
  • Intuitive GUI


  • Intel® multi-core CPUs
  • Networking with up to 1000 Base-T (Gigabit Ethernet)
  • DVD writer
  • Mouse and keyboard
  • Internal RAID-5 video/audio storage, from 4800 to 14400 GB
  • 20 video interfaces

Optional Hardware

  • CLIPSTER® color correction panel
  • JPEG2000 4K accelerator
  • Additional RAID protected storage
  • Internal RAID-5 video/audio storage from 4800 to 14400 GB