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Drastic Technologies Ltd, founded in 1991, is a proven industry provider of products for digital video capture, control, conversion and delivery. These products are sold as integrated hardware solutions as well as end user and OEM software components.


Drastic’s strength lies in its modular, field proven, core technologies for the manipulation of digital video and audio. Key software components include: RS-422 serial control, VTR/Server Serial Emulation, real-time production HD-SDI I/O and high speed media file conversions. All of Drastic's technologies use open, industry standard formats and protocols. This allows simple and seamless integration with other software, SAN/NAS and local file systems as well as traditional production and broadcast equipment.

From these core components, Drastic builds a variety of products, including:

  • The Titan Series production/broadcast Digital Disk Recorders with full VTR and Server capabilities
  • MediaNXS capture/control/conversion/playback software for AJA and Bluefish hardware
  • MediaReactor real-time and offline file translation software
  • DrasticPreview/Pro software for real time viewing of audio/video sequences up to 4K
  • 4KScope signal analysis software for waveform, vector scope and histogram display
  • ccConvert closed caption transcoding, verification, and playback
  • Net-X-Code a network audio and video stream capture application with real time translation to various formats
  • OEM/SDK of selected technologies including VTR control, file reading/translation and previewing

Current Products

Titan Series

The Titan Series digital disk recorders are Drastic's third generation of digital disk recorders for video capture, control, conversion and delivery. The Titan Series is available in uncompressed SD/HD/2K in 8/10 bits YCbCr or RGB, in single or multiple channel configurations, and includes VTR Emulation and Serial Control support, wide previewing capabilities, import/export file transcoding, an editable/exportable timeline and much more.


MediaNXS software provides a subset of the Titans’ DDR functionality for the user of specific digital video hardware. MediaNXS software supports AJA, Bluefish444, and BlackMagic video boards for a host of features including capture/playback, signal display and measurement, import/export file transcoding, and control over external VTRs for laybacks and pull-ins. An option is available for VTR emulation (operation under serial control).


MediaReactor file conversion software allows the user to convert between dozens of digital media file types including streaming video files, high quality still image/ graphic and audio file types. Features include batch processing, an aggressive preview app, and support for a wide range of industry-crucial file types. Standalone, networked and plug-in versions are available. MediaReactor supports a wide range of file/container types and can read/write most common post, broadcast and internet codecs.


DrasticPreview is media player software which supports playback of a huge variety of file types. A Pro version is available for AJA, Bluefish444 and BlackMagic hardware output. DrasticPreview supports the same range of post, broadcast and internet codecs and plays on your VGA/DVI monitor. DrasticPreview Pro offers the same features as DrasticPreview, and adds AJA, Bluefish444 and BlackMagic hardware output. Pro features also include waveform, vector scope, histogram and per-pixel video data display, zoom and pan.


4KScope is an up to 4K software waveform, vectorscope, histogram and monitor, available for AJA, Bluefish444 and BlackMagic hardware. Designed for on set, production, post production, and research and development environments, as well as device or facility installation, setup, commissioning and certification and other operational reference.


ccConvert offers transcoding between most major formats of closed captions, provides a verification application, and also a media player ot display the closed captions.


Net-X-Code is a network audio and video stream capture application with real time translation to multiple standard file formats like MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-2, MOV/h264 and uncompressed MOV or AVI.  It also includes NetStreamer for setting up RTP streams, MediaReactor components for media file transcoding and DrasticPreview VGA/DVI media player.

Drastic SDKs

Drastic Software Developer Kits offer a range of tools for the developer of custom video and audio capture, control and playback applications. Specific SDK packages include:

  • MediaReactor SDK - build MediaReactor file conversion into your application.
  • DTMediaRead SDK - Build MediaReactor file import into your application.
  • Drastic DDR SDK - Build digital disk recorder functionality into your application.
  • MediaCmd Control SDK - Control external VTRs and DDRs from your application.
  • MediaCmd Emulation SDK - Allow your application to be controlled via RS-422 as a serial device.
  • DrasticPreview SDK - View broadcast and production file types from your application


A few of the well respected facilities across North America and internationally we are proud to list as customers are:

  • ESPN
  • NBA
  • NASA
  • Technicolor (US, Europe and Canada )
  • ByDeluxe (US, Europe and Canada )
  • Thomson/Grassvalley ( Europe )
  • Rogers Cable
  • Netflix
  • Arri
  • Warner Bros
  • NBC/Universal, Fox, CBS
  • BBC
  • Univision
  • RTL
  • Philips/Luxoom
  • Alcatel
  • BWM/ICTIRT (European Standards Group)
  • ST Micro
  • Microsoft Studios

Some of our OEM relationships include:

  • Nexidia
  • 1Beyond
  • XOS Digital
  • Autodesk
  • Assimilate
  • Deltech
  • VEFXi
  • SGI
  • Bright Systems
  • Microsoft

Locations and Resellers

Drastic’s head office is located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Drastic Technologies Ltd. has resellers and distributors operating in the USA, Canada, Europe, Australia, and Asia.