A revolution in choice - Pablo Rio

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Pablo Rio is Quantel's software high-end color and finishing system. It builds on the Pablo pedigree but runs on standard COTS (Commercial Off The Shelf) hardware. Offering new levels of interactivity, Pablo Rio can handle everything demanded of a modern post facility - from high frame rate file-based media to multi-layer Stereo3D working. Pablo Rio is quite simply the best Pablo ever.

It's all about choice

Central to Pablo Rio is choice; customers have complete freedom in how they specify and purchase their system. From software-only where the customer purchases their own hardware to a range of fully-supported turnkey configurations that exploit the flexibility of the nVidia Maximus multi-GPU technology, Pablo Rio users can choose just the right system for their individual requirements. Similarly with storage: Pablo Rio will work with local, SAN, NAS or all in combination. Finally, users can choose video i/o or network-only connectivity. and Pablo Rio can grow with your business - it's simple to add more GPUs, storage or i/o as your needs change.

Everything you'd expect from Quantel

Whatever configuration the user chooses, Pablo Rio always includes the full high-end Pablo 2D and S3D color and finishing toolset, making Pablo Rio the place where the whole job comes together without the need to resort to other systems for fixes, titles, compositing, re-editing or deliverables. Pablo Rio is the complete color and finishing environment that provides the ultimate productive workflow for 2D and S3D projects - and high frame rates too. And of course Pablo Rio is also the perfect place to work with media from across a wide range of data formats including high frame rate, Stereo3D, OpenEXR, RED HDRx to ARRI, Canon, Sony F65, Phantom, Silicon Image and GoPro - Pablo Rio handles it all with ease.

Pablo Rio is fully compatible with both the Neo and Neo Nano panels.

Total color control

Pablo Rio has all the tools you need to create with color. There are no limits with Pablo Rio; primary color corrections can be combined with unlimited cascaded secondaries and unlimited shapes, all in-context across the multilayer timeline. Everything always remains live for further enhancement. And all this with Pablo Rio's streamlined graphical user interface, which helps colorists achieve the look they want quickly and easily. A choice of the Neo or Neo Nano control panels completes the picture.

ACES support

Pablo supports The Academy Color Encoding Specification (ACES) and fully integrates into ACES pipelines, delivering a standard, future-proof color space. Read the Quantel ACES White Paper.

Interactive operation

Pablo Rio's immense power makes color correction a truly interactive process. With Pablo Rio the director can sit with the colorist and instantly see results of changes on screen at full resolution without proxies or previews. Nothing is committed until output; the whole project remains live throughout the process so multiple treatments can be quickly tried without penalty.

Brilliant workflow

In today's world of digital capture, high frame rates and file based working at 4K and beyond, Pablo Rio helps the post house make sense of it all, providing a fast and intuitive file-based workflow, handling the whole job from conform to deliverables.

Highest quality

Pablo Rio's high quality processing ensures that the final look exactly matches the director's vision, with results instantly available for review thanks to its reliable, rock solid playback. This means the director and colorist can have total confidence that what they see on screen is exactly what the viewers will get in the movie theater or on TV.

mocha tracker

Widely recognized as the most versatile and precise tracker available, Imagineer Systems' mocha planar tracker is fully integrated into the Pablo Rio color and finishing toolset.


Pablo Rio delivers the same realtime productive workflow for Stereo3D as it does for conventional 2D images. Pablo Rio's stereo multi-layer timeline easily handles the two data streams required for Stereo3D and delivers the reliable playout critical to keeping clients happy in Stereo3D sessions. Pablo Rio's comprehensive Stereo3D toolset incudes tools to take care of problems with captured Stereo3D, to grade Stereo3D interactively and format media for delivery.


When the color and finishing work is done, Pablo Rio has all the tools to enable you to rapidly output different versions as video or files. Pablo Rio holds an uncommitted master, from which all the deliverables can simply be created and played out in realtime without rendering or using up any further workspace.

Full finishing toolset

Pablo is a complete finishing system, virtually eliminating the need ever to move media between suites. Whether it's the addition of a title, a dissolve, slipping an edit point, re-framing a shot or simply painting out a spot of dirt the dust-buster has missed, Pablo Rio has all the tools on board to make the change right there and then.

Open connectivity

Pablo Rio integrates fully with a facility's existing LANs and SANs; it's as easy to work with lo-rez QuickTimes and JPEGs as it is with native resolution DPX and Cineon files. Quantel soft-mount technology enables working with RED, DPX, CINEON, TIFF, DNxHD and OpenEXR media while it is still on the SAN or NAS, saving time by allowing work to begin immediately without first importing media into the Pablo Rio workspace.

Teamworking with Pablo Rio

Teamworking with Pablo Rio is easy thanks to softmount. Source media is stored on the facility storage - all systems can see the same source files. In the session there is less need to render thanks to the performance of the multi-GPU processing. Project files (local archives) can be saved and softmounted by other systems. These archives point at the source rushes so no media need move. When a project is finished and a flat master deliverable is needed, the new 'render on export' feature in Pablo Rio kicks in to save time and disk space by rendering the project as it is exported.

The Pablo Product Range

Pablo Rio

A revolution in choice, Pablo Rio is Quantel's software high-end color and finishing system. Reinvented, interactive and open, Pablo Rio wraps up all the power and capabilities of Pablo into a software solution that runs on standard COTS hardware.

Pablo 3D

Quantel-quality Stereo3D has never been so affordable. With Pablo 3D you can produce great Stereo3D results every time, quickly and efficiently on the system that played a central role in Avatar and many other successful 3D movies. More details


Pablo is the ultimate color correction and finishing solution. Restrepo, Final Destination, Red Cliff, District 9, We Need to Talk About Kevin; just a few of the thousands of movies in which Pablo has played a central role, breaking new ground and delivering spectacular results.


The Neo panel provides natural heads-up control of color and seamless interaction with Pablo's comprehensive grade management facilities - a great way to access the power of Pablo. Details

Neo Nano

At around one third the size of the full Neo panel, Neo Nano is ideal for applications outside the main suite.

Pablo PA

Pablo PA is the perfect partner for Pablo - a software-only product that handles all the conform, prep and workflow tasks so that Pablo owners get maximum value out of client attended sessions in their creative suites. For non-Quantel users, Pablo PA is a high-quality professional application that easily integrates into existing pipelines. More info
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