PDPLAYER

$385 (includes hardware key)

Pdplayer is a professional image sequence player and viewer for the 3D, CG and VFX industry. It supports most industry standard file formats including EXR, HDR, DPX, CIN, R3D, TGA, SGI, IFF, PIC and VRIMG. Multiple layers can be color-corrected and composed together in real time. Pdplayer is a fast and lightweight solution; it starts quickly and flips through frames with ease.

“While PDPlayer can be seen as a flipbook tool, it is in fact a great deal more powerful than that. It is both extremely simple, and extremely powerful. It allows us to load and view frame sequences extremely fast.¬†However, it can do a lot more. From simple composites, color corrects, notation layers, output options, even saving comps into After Effects and Nuke scripts, I have yet to see a program that matches the feature set of Pdplayer!”

Christopher Nichols

VFX Supervisor, Method Studios

UNLIMITED LAYER PLAYBACK

Pdplayer supports an unlimited number of layers, arranged on an infinite workspace. Each layer containing a sequence or a movie clip is cached independently, and the cache is not destroyed by most changes. This allows for multiple layers to be played simultaneously while applying changes in real time.

RESOLUTION INDEPENDENT

Pdplayer is resolution-independent and is only limited by the CPU power, when playing from RAM, or by the speed of the storage, when playing from disk. On a Core i7, it can play back Ultra HD images (7680x4320) from RAM, as long as enough memory is available for caching.

REAL TIME COLOR CORRECTION

Pdplayer provides controls for exposure, soft clip, lift, gamma, gain, brightness, contrast, hue and saturation. Changes are applied in real time during playback, without the need for an intermediate render step. Pdplayer, can be used in the field for monitoring the quality of the footage, applying real-time color corrections and later exporting the color settings for further processing to After Effects, Nuke, or as a 3D lookup table.

GRADING AND KEYING

The live video layer shows a real-time video feed from a DirectShow capture device. Its primary purpose is on-set grading. A workstation, equipped with Pdplayer, can be used in the field for monitoring the quality of the footage, applying real-time color corrections, composing the live feed over or under CG images or even sequences, and later exporting the color settings for further processing to After Effects, Nuke, or as a 3D lookup table.

When Pdplayer is used in the field, one often needs the ability to apply a color key to the live feed, if the shot is done against a blue or a green box. Pdplayer supports two separate color keys that can be enabled in the Effects tab of the property panel.