SCRATCH Lab

More native camera formats than anyone else. Unrivaled shot, timecode and metadata management. Wicked fast background rendering.

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£1234
 
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SCRATCH Lab is hands down, the industry's most powerful end-to-end dailies system. First and foremost, SCRATCH Lab is the fastest way to meet even the toughest dailies deadlines. Featuring real-time playback and review up to 5K, powerful metadata and LUT handling, advanced audio sync and fast background rendering, SCRATCH Lab delivers your dailies faster and more efficiently than any other tool at any other price. Period.

  • v8.2 is here! Expanded Metatdata, Live View and Oculus Rift support
 

 

SCRATCH Lab benefits

 

 

 

Manage your shots and reels
better than anyone else.

SCRATCH Lab saves you hours in production and helps avoid costly mistakes because its unique CONstruct interface allows you to organize your shots any way you like - by day or week, or by scene and take.

Manage unlimited numbers of versions and switch between them, or see them side-by-side.

And you can mix and match any camera format at any resolution or colorspace.

 
 

Support more camera formats
than anyone else.

 
From the Dragon to the Alexa, F5/55/65, C500, Black Magic Cinema camera and Phantom. Even DSLRs and GoPro. No matter what you’re asked to support, or how last-minute, you’ll be ready.
 
SCRATCH Lab v8 will also support Blackmagic 2K DeckLink solutions including DeckLink SDI, DeckLink Studio and UltraStudio Express for Thunderbolt.

 

 

 

 

Manage timecode and metadata better than anyone else.

 

Save huge amounts of time in review by managing an unlimited number of takes, plates and units from a shot on a single timeline.

Unique timecode options can sync timecode from multiple cameras and even create timecode for cameras that don’t have it.

SCRATCH Lab can even capture metadata automatically from broadcast wave audio files.     

 

                 

 

QC and set looks faster than
anyone else.

SCRATCH Lab is built on world-class color grading
tools that allow artists, DPs and Directors to collaborate
in real-time to set looks and create LUTs.

Of course SCRATCH Lab can also instantly apply 1D or
3D pre-created LUTs. 

Meanwhile SCRATCH Lab’s unlimited versions allow instant side-by-side comparisons of your different looks or color grades, keeping the creative process flowing smoothly.

 

 
 

Render in the background while you work on your next shot.

SCRATCH Lab is fully GPU-accelerated, so you no longer have to wait for a render to finish before you continue working.

SCRATCH Lab can load and process the next shot while it renders any number of nodes seamlessly in the background. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SCRATCH Lab connects you to the Cloud.

 

The new Remote feature, and Integration with MyASSIMILATE cloud-based workflow tools mean SCRATCH Lab artists have unparalleled levels of collaboration with other artists- anywhere at any time.

For example, a colorist from a facility can remote into an on-set system to set or review a look.

Now, any number of artists can collaborate at any time, from anywhere - and it doesn’t cost any extra.

 

 

Pay only when you have a gig.

 

Nobody else makes software this easy to get. Start with our 90-day free, fully functional trial and use SCRATCH Lab on a real job. Like what you see?

You can rent it by the day, the week, or the month; or save even more money with an annual subscription - instantly from the ASSIMILATE Store.

So, you only have to pay when you’re getting paid. And only SCRATCH Lab resellers offers full 4k HP and Mac-based turnkey systems for the price of a 2K system.                      

For more information, or to find a reseller in your area, please visit:  www.assimilateinc.com/4k-for-the-price-of-2k

 

 

 

Whether you want to rent for a day, week, year, or subscribe for a month, or purchase a site license, SCRATCH Lab offers payment options for every conceivable budget:

 

SCRATCH Lab offers the most convenient way to buy in the industry. From the ASSIMILATE Store, you can immediately rent licenses for a day, week, month, or year for as little as $20 per day!

For those that need every-day access to Lab, but need the ultimate in affordability, we now offer various rental and subscription options. For only $995 USD for an annual license, you get full access to the latest version SCRATCH including any updates we ship during the period. And you can renew your rental or subscription any time, and from anywhere you can connect to the Internet. During your active period, you will be eligible to receive ASSIMILATE support and all new software versions that we ship.

  • 1 Day Rental $20
  • 1 Week Rental $50
  • 1 Month Recurring payment Subscription $100
  • 1 Year Rental $995

To rent SCRATCH Lab, click here.    For an FAQ of the new subscription options click here.

 

For those folks that prefer to own their software assets, you can still purchase permanent licenses of SCRATCH Lab just as you always have. Whether you purchase from an ASSIMILATE reseller or the ASSIMILATE Store, pricing for permanent licenses and maintenance/support has remained unchanged at $4,990. To purchase SCRATCH Lab, click here.

 

ASSIMILATE’s SCRATCH® Site License program offers the industry’s most phenomenal value to post-production artists and facilities. Innovative and unique to the industry, the SCRATCH Site License offers creative DI Artists, post-production facilities, and studios unprecedented access to all-you-can-use SCRATCH Lab licenses at a single site or around the world*. This means that facilities can maximize productivity and creativity by providing the state-of- the-art SCRATCH DI tool to an unlimited number of their artists without the limitations of software licensing.

This program is specifically designed for facilities that employ a large, flexible, workforce that ebbs and flows. It is also particularly attractive to rental houses that need to constantly set up systems with new licenses, but don’t want the complexity of managing licenses and hardware dongles.

The SCRATCH Site License Program features 2 options:

SCRATCH Site Annual
All-you-can-use licenses at a single site. This option is priced at $33,000 USD annually, and includes all maintenance and support for the term.

SCRATCH Site Enterprise Annual
All-you-can-use licenses at any number of your sites across your entire enterprise, worldwide. This option is priced at $55,000 USD annually, and includes all maintenance and support for the term.

All SCRATCH Site License customers are able to view, manage and extend their licenses through the unique MyASSIMILATE online portal (http://myassimilate.assimilatesupport.com).

MyASSIMILATE allows customers to see a top-down view of all their licenses, see which ones have been activated, and on which machines. It also allows customers to extend rental licenses and even generate emergency temporary licenses. For more information about MyASSIMILATE, e-mail sales@assimilateinc.com.

 

Below are a few introductory tutorials to help get you started. Enjoy!

 

Dailes Tutorial V2

SCRATCH Lab v8

 

Creating Apple ProRes dailies on Windows using SCRATCH and SCRATCH Lab

SCRATCH Lab v8

Dailies Tutorial V2

 

This tutorial shows you how easy it is to create ProRes dailies using the Apple-licensed ProRes encoder in SCRATCH and SCRATCH Lab…on Windows.

Remote 01 - Overview

SCRATCH Lab v8

 

Remote 02 - Setting up a session

SCRATCH Lab v8

Remote on SCRATCH v8 - An Overview.

 

Remote on SCRATCH v8 - Setting up a session.

Remote 02 - Setting up a session (Français)

SCRATCH Lab v8

 

Remote 03 - Connecting a session

SCRATCH Lab v8

Remote on SCRATCH v8 - Setting up a session.

 

Remote on SCRATCH v8 - Connecting a session.

Remote 04 - Sharing Media

SCRATCH Lab v8

 

Remote 05 - Guest vs. Moderator

SCRATCH Lab v8

Remote on SCRATCH v8 - Sharing media.

 

Remote on SCRATCH v8 - Guest vs. Moderator.

Remote 06 - the "laser pointer"

SCRATCH Lab v8

 

Remote 07 - Moderator roles

SCRATCH Lab v8

Remote on SCRATCH v8 - The "laser pointer".

 

> Watch more SCRATCH Lab Tutorials

 

Remote on SCRATCH v8 - Moderator roles.

 

SCRATCH Lab features include:

 

Full resolution support for RED, ARRI, Sony, Canon, Panasonic, DLSR and all other popular camera and media formats

Featuring unmatched real-time performance and reliability, SCRATCH removes the risk and frees the filmmaker and DP to get the most from a high-resolution digital shoot.

Real-time full resolution, native playback of all popular camera formats

  • Fully ACES compliant
  • Oculus Rift VR360 file format including Cylindrical, Equi-rectangular, and Cube formats, for output to a secondary monitor, or an Oculus Rift DKI or DKII
  • REDCODE RAW.r3d including monochrome footage. Support for multiple RED Rocket cards with DRX control
  • RED Dragon
  • ARRIRAW including new ASSIMILATE customARRI fast Debayer – built for significant speed while still preserving color accuracy
  • Sony F5/F55/F65 including 6K and 8K
  • SONY Mpeg-2 .mp4, .mov and XAVC HD/4K .mxf
  • Phantom
  • SI2K
  • Panasonic RAW, P2/MXF and AVCHD
  • Canon C500, C300, Magic Lantern (.raw and .mlv), 5D, 7D5D, 7D
  • Blackmagic Design Cinema DNG, BMDPocket camera
  • Vanguard Video H.264 encoding (Mac and Windows)
  • Aaton Penelope
  • Ikonoscop
  • GoPro
  • QuickTime
  • DPX
  • Over 50 additional formats

For a complete list of supported formats click here 

Powerful finishing tools

  • Shot Versioning: SCRATCH CONstruct manage multiple versions of the same 2D or 3D shots within the same timeline for easy comparison
  • Vector paint
  • Subtitling support
  • Apply OFX plug-ins to create a wide range of visual effects
  • Direct Output: Real-time tools for frame-rate conversion, image-resolution scaling and frame-accuracy to monitors, projectors and tape decks using both DVI and SDI interfaces
  • Multiple Deliverables: Create alternate versions in different resolutions, image formats and framing, all from a single source

Fast, highly interactive color grading

  • Real-time, non-destructive primary and secondary color grading
  • Heads-up color grading interface and support for Avid Artist Color panel series or all Tangent panels - including the Element
  • Source-side adjustments for mixed color space workflows
  • Match and auto grading
  • 2D and shape tracking
  • Keying based on Vector, Chroma or Luminance
  • Controls for finessing keys
  • Integrated Histogram, Waveform, Vectorscope and Color Curve views
  • Group shots, copy/paste color grades and reference libraries
  • Key frames and animation curves
  • Import and save 1D and 3D LUTs based on primary color grades
  • Support for a shaper LUT inside a cube LUT

An entirely new, flexible viewing model

  • Create dual views of any image in a project by quickly and easily selecting a version, a reference, a clip from any video track, or a color buffer
  • Compare them using one of two methods: a difference method, or an overlay method with opacity controls and a 360 degree wipe
  • One of the dual views can be designated as an output view (showing the final result of a shot), while the other is a fully functional working canvas with access to even the deepest elements of a shot, including a complex composite or color grade
  • Intuitively manipulate any element of the working view and instantly see its resulting affect updated to the output view at full resolution and in real time

High-speed conform and confidence checking

No other software offers the range of tools for quickly conforming and checking against a reference clip.

  • Mix-and-match RED.r3d files with ARRIRAW or Phantom (or any other media format recognized by SCRATCH), even Canon DSLR, within the same resolution-independent timeline
  • Dual-View, Half-Mix and Side-by-Side comparison options
  • Quick Keys for moving through a timeline and edit tools for shot manipulation
  • AAF import and MXF integration
  • Import and export ALE
  • Final Cut Pro XML import
  • Final Cut X 1.4 support for conform
  • Shot log metadata import
  • Metadata search
  • Stereoscopic 3D versioning
  • CDL support
  • Output to multiple file formats such as DNxHD, DPX, ProRes (Mac OS version only) Tiff, JPG, Quicktime, MXF and more
  • Export with timecode and metadata
  • Multilayer timeline

State of the art metadata and timecode support

  • Sync timecode from multiple cameras (including stereo) with a unique “Match Timecode” function. Stack cameras into a single slot, then automatically sync the timecode all of cameras to one of them.
  • Generate dailies by automatically naming clips based on any metadata field, including camroll, scene and take.
  • Create flash burns either at the top and tail of a clip, or throughout its duration.
  • Capture scene and take metadata automatically from broadcast wave audio files.
  • Automatically generate new timecode for DSLR cameras such as the Phantom, Canon 5D/7D and GoPro that don’t support it. Easily increment the timecode with each slot and even skip by user-defined intervals.
  • Populate Avid AAF files with extended metadata, avoiding the double pass to access that ALE files required. This effectively removes the need for separate ALEs.
  • Select, update, add or remove metadata in a spreadsheet editor-style. Update metadata for a single shot or multiple shots at once, as well as update data by entering plain text or using formulas that contain other metadata items. New metadata can then be exported via ALE or XML to be imported into other systems or integrated with other proprietary tools.
  • Match/find, load and apply looks to multiple shots in the form of 3dl, CDL, LUT or XML, and audio. This new feature will search and match by name, time-code, or any common metadata items. In addition, artists can now auto-link audio files to shots purely based on metadata and file name.

Advanced audio sync

  • Broadcast wave support
  • Automatically sync to timecode or slate
  • Interactive waveform for sync
  • Interactive audio scrub

Stereo 3D workflow support

Imagine the creativity of a full stereo workflow that provides consistent, intuitive feedback during the conform, color grading and finishing process. Stereo image pairs are automatically linked for versioning and real-time playback to a wide variety of stereoscopic delivery systems.

  • Check and adjust stereo with dedicated link and convergence controls
  • Bicubic controls for fixing 3D stereo images
  • Position elements relative to the screen plane
  • Immediately review decisions in stereo
  • Panasonic 3D stereo camera support with automatic stream de-muxing

Live View™

The new Live View function takes in the SDI signal from a camera and allows artists to work and grade directly on the camera feed. It also reads the camera metadata if available, which is then displayed in the metadata stack in the Player module. In addition, the name of a SCRATCH Gallery item can be based on the metadata of the current shot (e.g. Live View). The determined grade can then be easily linked to the recorded shot further downstream in the pipeline.

Flexibility and extensibility

Future-proof your workflow with an advanced and scriptable XML back-end that allows you to:

  • Automate SCRATCH to maximize productivity
  • Access your job anywhere via HTML
  • Integrate SCRATCH via XML with other tools in your workflow such as Nuke, Shotgun, Avid or Final Cut Pro
  • Enhance SCRATCH with OFX plug-ins such as Sapphire, Beauty Box, Twixtor, and Neat Video
  • Built-in SQL database supports a full range of metadata

 

 

System Requirements for SCRATCH:

 

OS

  • OSX 10.7 and up
  • Windows 7 and up
 

CPU

  • Min. preferred: Intel i7 Quadcore
 

GFX

  • Preferred: Quadro K500, K6000 / Firepro W8000, W9000
  • OSX: NVIDIA 4000, K5000, ATI Radeon 5770 / 5870, FirePro D500 / D700
 

RAM

  • Min 8Gb, Preferred 12Gb
 

SDI

  • AJA Kona, T-Tap, Io
  • Bluefish444 Epoch
  • BlackMagic DeckLink, UltraStudio
  • NVIDIA Quadro 6000SDI on Windows
 

 

 

Meet the all new SCRATCH Lab v8.2

This new version offers Expanded Metadata Support, a new Live View function, Oculus Rift support, Vanguard H.264 encoding, plus many more new features. Read on…

Expanded Metadata Support

SCRATCH and Lab now include an update to the already powerful media browser for directly managing metadata.
Artists can now:

 
  • Select, update, add or remove metadata in a spreadsheet editor style. You can update metadata for a single shot or multiple shots at once, as well as update data by entering plain text or use formulas containing other metadata items. New metadata can then be exported via ALE or XML to be imported into other systems or integrated with other proprietary tools

  • Match/find, load and apply looks to multiple shots in the form of 3dl, ctl, lut or xml, and audio. This new feature will search and match by name, timecode, or any of the common metadata items. In addition, artists can now auto-link audio files to shots purely based on metadata and filename.

 

Live View™

The new Live View function takes in the SDI signal from a camera and allows you to work and grade directly on the camera feed. It also reads in the camera metadata if available which is then displayed in the metadata stack in the Player module. In addition, the name of a SCRATCH Gallery item can be based on the metadata of the current shot (e.g. Live View). The grade set can then be easily linked to the recorded shot further downstream in the pipeline.

Oculus Rift support

SCRATCH now supports the VR360 file format including
Cylindrical, Equirectangular, and Cube formats for output
to a secondary monitor, or an Oculus Rift DKI or DKII. With
a Rift connected, these formats are mapped in real-time
to Rift output, with full head-tracking support. SCRATCH
will output in 360-mode with just a normal secondary
display/monitor acting as a window into the virtual world,
with real-time ability to pan, track, and tilt around the
sphere. This means that developers creating cinematic
content for the Rift now have a powerful tool that allows
them to grade VR shots in real-time - whether or
not they have a Rift headset.

 

Vanguard H.264 encoding for Mac and Windows

SCRATCH and Lab v8.2 includes the industry-leading H.264 encoder from Vanguard Video, LLC, so artists now have the optimal combination of bitrate, filesize and quality for their dailies and preview content. Moreover, since the encoder implementation is cross-platform, v8.2 brings this industry-standard CODEC to the Mac. So, Mac-based artists users can enjoy the same optimized encoding experience that has traditionally only been available on Windows.

 

A long list of new features in SCRATCH and Lab v8.2

 
  • Conform data from multiple sources, then make
    local copies or consolidate all media into a new
    single location. The consolidate can be monitored
    via a process queue and is a background process,
    allowing artists to continue working on the same
    or another project- even exit SCRATCH- and
    the process will continue until is completed.

  • Support for the AJA Kona 4 video card

  • New supported camera and media formats, including Panasonic Raw, Magic Lantern (.raw and .mlv), BMDPocket camera (on OSX). Updates on XAVC and XAVC-S to increase performance for 4k resolution.

  • Support for a shaper LUT inside a cube LUT.

  • Final Cut X 1.4 support for conform

 
 

 

Technical Specifications

System Requirements

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