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The Assimilate SCRATCH Lab for Mac is an acquisition, dailies, and conform program for on-set, primary level color correction. SCRATCH Lab differs from the full-featured SCRATCH in that the latter is also a post-production finishing program. (The footage from SCRATCH Lab must be output to an NLE and from the NLE to a finishing program).
SCRATCH Lab is a scalable dailies system, designed to flexibly load media and successfully manage large numbers of shots, versions, and plates. Lab supports XML, HTML, and SQL for integration with virtually all databases and compositing systems like Nuke and After Effects. Lab is optimized for DPX, OpenEXR, and RAW formats and is fast enough to play back 5K in real time. The program is compatible with many desktop control panels, including the relatively affordable Tangent Devices Element panels.
One year of phone and email technical support is included.
Simple Media and Shot Management
SCRATCH Lab is optimized for DPX, OpenEXR, and RAW formats, so you can confidently load any combination of format, resolution, and colorspace into a timeline. In addition, Lab is fast enough to play back resolutions up to 5K in real time.
SCRATCH Lab's unique CONstruct view allows you to seamlessly manage an unlimited number of previous versions and plates from a shot on a single timeline. This unparalleled level of shot management saves huge amounts of time in review, while instant "what if's" keep
the creative process flowing smoothly. Lab's Dual View mode provides immediate switching between 3D and stereo/3D playback.
SCRATCH Lab's XML support means you can smoothly integrate with even the most complex media database to automatically associate the media and load it into the required slots and layers in the CONstruct. This takes the guesswork out of loading thousands of media clips per
day regardless of format, CODEC or resolution.
Unique Creative Review Tools
SCRATCH Lab elevates the creative process by offering an innovative "sticky notes" feature that allows any reviewer to add pertinent information about any file so that anyone, at any stage of the process, can open the file and read the comment. Full HMTL support allows reviews to happen in your theater or anywhere in the world.
SCRATCH Lab can be easily automated to reclaim hours of time performing even the most difficult repetitive tasks. Lab a very flexible VFX dailies tool, capable of automatically correcting aspect ratios, correcting frame offsets, and even selectively applying LUTs based on file type.
SCRATCH Lab Fully Supports Digital
Lab is a reliable tool for digital workflows, with Assimilate being the first DI partner to natively support RED.
Real-Time Full Resolution Native Playback of Popular Formats
Fully ACES compliant
REDCODE RAW.r3d including monochrome footage
Support for multiple RED Rocket cards with DRX control
ARRI RAW including new Assimilate custom ARRI 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
Panasonic P2/MXF and AVCHD
Canon C500, C300, 5D, 7D
Blackmagic Design Cinema DNG
Over 50 additional formats
Flexibility and Extensibility
Future-proof support for OFX plug-ins an advanced and scriptable XML backend that allows you to:
Extend SCRATCH Lab with powerful OFX plug-ins such as Sapphire, BeautyBox, NeatVideo, and many more
Seamlessly integrate with Avid Interplay and Isis via the ProductionLink plug-in
Automate with scripts to maximize productivity
Integrate Lab via XML with other tools in your workflow such as Nuke, Shotgun, or After
Integrated Stereo Workflow
Real-time, resolution independent playback to all stereoscopic delivery systems: Side-by-Side, Over/Under, Line Interleave, Checkerboard, and Anaglyph
Check and adjust stereo with dedicated link and convergence controls
Immediately review decisions in stereo
Panasonic stereo camera support includes auto de-muxing of stereo streams
Primary Color Grading
Real-time, non-destructive primary 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
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
Advanced Audio Sync
Broadcast wave support
Automatically sync to timecode or slate
Interactive Waveform for sync
Interactive audio scrub
High-Speed Conform and Confidence Checking
Mix-and-match RED.r3d files with ARRI RAW or Phantom (or any other media format recognized by SCRATCH Lab), 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
AAF import and MXF integration
FCP XML import
DNxHD and ProRes Read and Write
Export TIFF with timecode and metadata
Import and export ALE
Shot log metadata import
Output to multiple file formats such as DPX, DNxHD, ProRes, Tiff, JPG, QuickTime and more
Quick visual sync of audio to Waveform or by timecode
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 of all 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 cameras like the Phantom, Canon 5D/7D, and GoPro, and 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, effectively removing the need for separate ALEs
Avid DNxHD and DNxHD MXF
QuickTime (MPEG4, TIFF, JPEG, etc.)
ProRes 422 and 444
16 bit TIFF
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
Create deliverables in different resolutions, image formats and framing, all from a single source and output multiple targets simultaneously
Queue and manage outputs for unattended batch processing
Export metadata in a variety of formats, even add notes to shots and include them in XML or MXF files
SCRATCH Lab is fully accelerated by GPU technology. While a GPU is not required to operate SCRATCH Lab, maximum performance will be achieved with the addition of a GPU. The following GPU cards are supported:
NVIDIA Quadro 4000
AMD Radeon HD 5770 and 5870 cards on Mac OS X (requires Lion or better)
Always check on the Assimilate Support Website for which driver to install for your card as not all drivers are tested.
A minimum of 4 GB of RAM is required to operate SCRATCH Lab. For maximum performance, Assimilate suggests 12 GB or more.
Playback performance can be limited by disk speed. For maximum performance, Assimilate recommends an internal or external RAID for media storage.
SCRATCH Lab supports SDI output (with embedded audio) for SDI monitoring and SDI playout on Windows via:
1) AJA Kona 3 and 3G card
2) Bluefish444 Epoch | 2K Ultra card
RED r3d Decoding:
One or two RED Rocket cards will give real time debayering of RED and RED Epic material