Kronos 5.0 – Hollywood quality realtime retiming
August 13, 2010

Kronos 5.0 – Hollywood quality realtime retiming

Kronos 5.0 is a new accelerated retimer and motion blur plug-in set based on The Foundry’s Academy Award Winning Furnace algorithms.
Kronos 5.0 is the first product to be accelerated by The Foundry’s new ‘Blink’ technology, dramatically speeding up render times and taking retiming to a whole new level. BlinkTM runs our software on CPUs and supported Nvidia CUDA GPUs allowing the extraction of peak performance from your hardware. Qualified hardware matches that are supported by Adobe Premiere Pro's Mercury Playback Engine, including the GeForce GTX285 and the Quadro FX4800.

Kronos 5.0 produces far superior results by creating brand new frames using optical flow information. This avoids the poor quality output usually encountered when repeating frames such as blurring and stuttering, and is much faster than other pixel flow based techniques. Clever maths is employed to look at every pixel on each frame, and see where it moves to on the next. By comparing the two it can make a very good guess at what would come in-between allowing the creation of additional frames and a super smooth slow motion result.

“The results are very impressive. I slowed down a car and the result was very close to real slow motion. Nice!”, said Michael Auerswald, AE User.

Jack Binks, Plug-ins’ product manager at The Foundry, commented:

“We are really excited to bring these new tools to the After Effects platform and can’t wait to see how artists employ their power and flexibility. We look forward to seeing the results.”