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CinePlay 1.1 for Mac released with audio playback, ganging and more

Yesterday we released CinePlay 1.1 for Mac, a major update to our professional media player.

Audio playback

CinePlay will now play back WAV, MP3, M4A and AIFF audio files.

Playhead ganging

Link multiple videos together and play them back at the same time. This is really useful for comparing two versions of a shot side-by-side.

Playlists

Create and play back M3U playlists.

Kollaborate Synced Sessions

Allow colleagues to remotely control playback so that you can both watch a video at the same time.

Customizable safe areas

We've had a lot of requests for it - safe areas are now customizable. This is useful because broadcasters sometimes have different safe area specs.

Kollaborate changes

Many changes to Kollaborate cloud functionality, including cmd-clicking to open a revision in a new window (this works really well with the new ganging feature), an overhaul of the Kollaborate file browser to allow sorting by date and file size, and switching to a revision now keeps the playhead in the same place instead of going back to the beginning.

Other changes


  • Previous playback position is remembered (this can be switched off in prefs)
  • Play around frame and play in to out options added
  • Playback loop option
  • Added an option to only play audio from frontmost window
  • Kollaborate file browser shows which files are unviewed
  • Press Cmd+Opt+E to export the current frame to the desktop without stopping playback
  • Prevented the screen from dimming during playback
  • Mouse cursor hides in full screen
  • Marker editing dialog is multi-line
  • Overhauled the timecode dialog
  • Added a Trim menu option
  • Fixed an issue where it may be difficult to add a marker in full screen
  • Fixed an issue where it may not be possible to select all text in the marker popup
  • Fixed an issue where export progress may be inaccurate
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when closing a movie
  • Various other bug fixes, tweaks and optimizations

CinePlay is an invaluable tool for video professionals. To find out more, see the feature list, watch the overview video, read the user manual or download the free 15-day trial. All cloud functionality is free for Kollaborate users.

Posted by Jon Chappell on Tuesday July 22 2014 4:39 PM to DR News, Front Page News, Utilities
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CinePlay 1.4 for iOS released with audio playback support

Last week we released CinePlay 1.4 for iOS, a major update for our professional iOS media player.

Audio playback

CinePlay can now play back audio files in addition to video. It can play back audio files located at a URL, stored on Kollaborate, stored on Dropbox or added via the File Sharing dialog in iTunes.

Audio playback has the same features as video playback, including draggable timecode overlays and marker support on the iPad.

Improved cloud integration

We've made many improvements to CinePlay's integration with our cloud workflow platform, Kollaborate, including adding blue dots next to each file to show if it is unviewed and improving the reliability of downloads.

CinePlay for iOS is an invaluable screening tool for video professionals, offering professional features like timecode, safe areas and markers. To find out more, view the feature list, watch the overview video, read the user manual or buy CinePlay on iTunes.

If you're looking to test CinePlay before buying, sign up for the Kollaborate trial (no credit card needed) and download the free Kollaborate edition of CinePlay.

Posted by Jon Chappell on Tuesday July 15 2014 6:20 PM to DR News, Front Page News, Utilities
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Cut Notes 2.3 released with Autosave Vault and hold improvements

We've just released Cut Notes 2.3, a major new version of our iPad note-taking app for media professionals.

Autosave Vault

Up to 10 copies of a cut are now backed up automatically and can be restored from the Cut Browser. The number of notes is shown to help you determine which backup is correct in the case of accidental note deletion.

Hold improvements

We've changed the hold behavior to be similar to version 1.x of Cut Notes. You can now tap the timecode display to hold (turning it blue), then tap a range of notes to have them appended to the held timecode position. To unhold, tap the timecode display again.

Improved Kollaborate integration

You can now take notes on audio files stored on Kollaborate. Cut Notes also indicates which Kollaborate files have not been viewed.

Several other changes were made and the full list can be viewed here.

Cut Notes is an essential companion app for media professionals. To find out more, visit the Cut Notes site, read the user manual, watch the overview video or download from the App Store.

Posted by Jon Chappell on Monday July 7 2014 7:14 PM to DR News, Front Page News, Utilities
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Pro Maintenance Tools 2.0.23 released with Adobe CC 2014 and FCPX 10.1.2 support

Last week we released Pro Maintenance Tools 2.0.23, a minor update to our flagship suite of maintenance and optimization tools for your NLE.

Improved host app support

This version adds support for the new changes in Adobe Creative Cloud 2014 and FCPX 10.1.2.

Autosave Manager FCPX support

Autosave Manager now allows you to view, manage and restore the automatic project backups FCPX creates.

Please note that for technical reasons the "Send to Application" button works differently in FCPX as it backs up the old project and restores the backup, as opposed to other applications where the backup can be viewed without restoring it.

Preference Manager 4.2

Pro Maintenance Tools includes Preference Manager 4.2, with new features including Adobe CC 2014 and Lightworks support.

ColorSync cache support in System Toolkit

System Toolkit can now automatically trash the ColorSync cache which is known to fix certain display issues in FCPX and Adobe Premiere.

This is a subset of the changes in this version and the full list of changes can be viewed here.

Pro Maintenance Tools is an essential toolkit for media professionals that is used by freelancers and major studios alike. To find out more, view the feature list, read the user manual, watch the overview video or download the free 15-day trial.

Posted by Jon Chappell on Monday July 7 2014 6:00 PM to DR News, Front Page News, Utilities
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Preference Manager now supports Adobe Creative Cloud 2014 and Lightworks

We earlier released Preference Manager 4.2, a major update to our free NLE preference management tool.

In this version we've added support for the new Adobe Creative Cloud 2014 update and also tentative support for the Lightworks beta for Mac.

We've also made several other changes and bug fixes, the full list of which is available here.

Preference Manager is an essential free tool for video professionals. To find out more read the user manual, watch the overview video or download it free.

Posted by Jon Chappell on Thursday June 26 2014 5:15 PM to DR News, Front Page News, Utilities
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Kollaborate Server 1.1.1 released with notification overhaul

Last week we released Kollaborate Server 1.1.1 which brings all of the changes in Kollaborate 1.1.1 plus many other server-specific changes.

Link Expiration

Shared links can now be set to automatically expire after a certain time period, allowing you to limit access to a file to prevent abuse. This feature is optional and you can still create permanent links as before if you wish.

Notification overhaul

Site navigation has been streamlined and the Dashboard page is gone. In its place we are now showing alerts on a per-page basis. In the Files section we also provide a list of which files are new or have changes, making it much more intuitive to get up to speed on what's new within a project.

Other changes


  • Project history - Shows last project access date and allows you to sort by it
  • Users can leave a project they were invited to
  • Projects can be archived
  • Added unsubscription links to automatically-generated emails
  • Apps now contribute to file view counts and trigger viewing receipts
  • More secure passwords are now enforced for new users and users who change their password
  • Password resets now send a confirmation email instead of resetting immediately
  • Simpified the comment box UI
  • Auto-pause is now on by default
  • Comment replies show who the author of each comment is when combining into a marker list
  • Private projects no longer show user counts on the Projects page
  • When "Do not display contact information" is set for a project, it will still show your own information to you
  • All Shares now shows recipients
  • Fixed an issue where emails could have newlines inserted at random
  • Fixed an issue where emails sent by apps may not be subject to filtering prefs
  • Fixed an issue where switching off comments in a link may not switch them off
  • Various UI tweaks
  • Various installer improvements

Kollaborate Transfer 1.1.2


We've also released Kollaborate Transfer 1.1.2 which improves encoding reliability and watermark scaling.

Kollaborate Server is a version of the Kollaborate cloud workflow platform that you can run in-house on your own servers and storage, with improved customization. To find out more about Kollaborate, view the feature list, read the Kollaborate Server documentation or sign up for the free 15-day cloud trial.

Posted by Jon Chappell on Monday June 23 2014 2:54 PM to DR News, Front Page News, Kollaborate
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Kollaborate 1.1.1 released with link expiration and notification overhaul

Today we launched Kollaborate 1.1.1 onto the cloud, featuring many tweaks and improvements to the site.

Link expiration

Shared links can now be set to automatically expire after a certain time period, allowing you to limit access to a file to prevent abuse. This feature is optional and you can still create permanent links as before if you wish.

Notification overhaul

Site navigation has been streamlined and the Dashboard page is gone. In its place we are now showing alerts on a per-page basis. In the Files section we also provide a list of which files are new or have changes, making it much more intuitive to get up to speed on what's new within a project.

Additionally, we have added unsubscription links to the automatic emails sent out by the site, making it easy for less technical users to limit the notifications they receive without needing to login to their profile.

Project changes

We've made many small changes to the Projects section of the site. Projects are now either Active or Archived and a project that is completed can still be listed as active if you wish.

Managing lots of projects is simpler because the last time you accessed the project is now logged, pushing the most recent projects to the top of the list by default to make them easier to find.

Additionally, it is now possible for a user invited by someone else to a project to leave that project.

App improvements

We're working to make our helper tools more consistent with the features of the web interface and apps like CinePlay now contribute to view counts and trigger viewing receipts.

Other changes

  • Combining comments by timecode is more intelligent about attributing replies to their original author
  • Secure passwords are now enforced for new users and existing ones who change their password
  • Overhaul the password reset feature
  • Private projects no longer show users counts on the Projects page
  • When "Do not display contact information" is set for a project, it will still show your own information to you
  • Fixed an issue where emails sent by apps may not be subject to email filtering preferences
  • Simpified the comment box
  • Auto-pause is now on by default
  • Many many UI tweaks

Kollaborate Transfer 1.1

We also launched Kollaborate Transfer 1.1, a major new update to our free encoding and uploading tool. This features significantly faster encoding speeds for H.264 and ProRes source media, along with the option to embed a watermark image in the file.

Kollaborate is a cloud workflow platform that brings Digital Rebellion apps together to help you work better with your team. To find out more read the feature list or sign up for the free 15-day trial (no credit card needed).

Posted by Jon Chappell on Monday June 9 2014 8:26 PM to DR News, Front Page News, Kollaborate
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Introducing Marker Import for Windows

We're pleased to launch Marker Import for Windows, a free application for importing your Cut Notes and Kollaborate notes into Adobe Premiere Pro for PC.

Much like the current Mac version, it can remove existing markers from the sequence and even offset markers if the timecode is incorrect.

Both the Mac and PC versions of Marker Import are free downloads from the sidebar on the Cut Notes site or Kollaborate Resources page. A user manual with a usage tutorial is available here.

Posted by Jon Chappell on Wednesday June 4 2014 6:42 PM to DR News, Front Page News, Utilities
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6 Things Apple Should Improve in OS X 10.10

WWDC is tomorrow, where Apple is likely to announce a new version of OS X. Here's what we'd like to see.

1. AV Foundation improvements

There are so many improvements needed for AV Foundation that it merits an article of its own, but a few would be expanded codec support, easier extensibility, LOTS of bug fixes and the ability to stream Airplay video without ugly hacks.

2. Mac App Store improvements

Apple should allow app developers to request exemptions from sandboxing rules. We feel that the strict rules hurt the user experience and even removed one of our apps as a result of this.

Other areas for improvement would be the ability to hide third-party updates and not requiring a password for free updates (this can get tedious if you have multiple accounts).

3. Files in use

OS X frequently marks files in use when they aren't, which can cause issues copying or deleting files and also when emptying the Trash.

I have a theory that this may be caused by QuickLook trying to generate icon previews for these files but it's difficult to pinpoint.

This bug is especially frustrating when using network drives as OS X frequently creates temp files that can only be deleted after unmounting and remounting the drive.

4. Make full screen work on the current display only - don't let it blank out every other monitor

Full screen functionality was improved significantly in Mavericks with the "Displays have separate Spaces" option in the Mission Control section of System Preferences, but many people had to switch it off and revert to the old system due to compatibility issues (mine were with FCP 7).

When switching back to the old way of doing things on a shared Space, OS X blanks out all monitors even if there is nothing displaying on them.

I think the solution to this problem is a blacklist where users can specify apps that should only use the current Space on another monitor without disabling it for compatible apps.

5. Network drive / VPN improvements

It is clear that Apple is assuming most users are saving files to HFS+ formatted SSDs. This is apparent when mounting a drive over a VPN connection because Finder and many other Apple apps experience very poor performance.

In fact, I completely eschew Apple apps over a VPN and use Path Finder as a Finder replacement and AppCode as an Xcode substitute because those apps do not read or write to disk unnecessarily and handle these issues much better.

6. Bug fixes

Apple is announcing a new OS when arguably Mavericks still needs a lot of bug fixes. Some of the issues I am still experiencing in 10.9.3 are:

  • Hang when copying certain files to a network volume
  • Audio output randomly disappearing (speaker icon becomes greyed out), requiring a restart
  • Exposé sometimes fails, meaning it's difficult to exit it and switch back to an application, requiring a restart
  • Plugging in a monitor and closing the laptop lid sometimes makes it sleep randomly in the middle of me working. It also sleeps if I disconnect the charger.
  • Periodic freezes where the mouse moves but everything else is frozen.
  • Occasional apps that cannot be closed, which requires a hard reset because they stop OS X from shutting down
  • Other people have also reported issues in OpenCL apps with 10.9.3

With these issues in mind, I would be very happy if Apple institutes a Snow Leopard-style overhaul. Snow Leopard was so stable it took me a long time to upgrade and many of our customers are still using it.

I'm also hoping that Apple recently opening up the beta program to non-developers helps to address this, but if it doesn't I feel that Apple should not commit to a yearly upgrade schedule if they cannot guarantee quality.

Posted by Jon Chappell on Sunday June 1 2014 9:10 PM to Apple, Software, Analysis
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5 Features Apple Should Add in iOS 8

With WWDC and iOS 8 around the corner, we thought we'd offer up our wish list for future iOS features and bug fixes.

1. Documents app

The biggest problem with iOS is the limited file system, which can make working on files in different apps difficult.

Currently you can store movies and photos in a central place that is accessible by all apps with permission to access it. While this implementation has its flaws (e.g. apps can't delete files they've created), creating a similar storage area for documents would go some way toward improving the limitations when sharing files.

Much like Photos and Videos, these documents could be accessed and managed in a Documents (or Files) app.

2. Utility apps

Another problem with iOS is that it can be difficult to know what to do when someone emails you an unusual file format.

For example, customers often email me .log files when I'm on the move. These are exactly the same as text files, however iOS refuses to open them because they do not have a .txt extension.

Unlike OS X, you cannot force a file to open in another app, nor can you rename files, so I was stuck scouring the App Store for an app that would open them. The only app I found that would open them was a hex editor app but this was not a perfect solution because it was not designed for formatting and displaying large portions of text.

OS X has a lot of utility apps like TextEdit, Preview, Font Book, etc, but Apple seems to have delegated Mail as the only (limited) general-purpose file viewer. If Apple hopes to one day replace OS X with iOS they will need to address issues like this.

3. Better Copy & Paste

I have a lot of difficulty with copying and pasting. The primary issue I experience is that iOS tries to second-guess what I'm doing and it always gets it wrong.

For example, after you have selected a certain amount of text iOS assumes you want to select the entire paragraph, which may not be exactly what you want, but there's no way to select less.

So I find it easier to select more text than I need, paste it and then delete the parts I don't want.

4. Improved multitasking

While switching between apps is simple, the apps don't always retain their status when you switch back to them.

For example, an app that requires a network connection may have disconnected or you may have to wait for a web browser to reload the page again.

This doesn't happen every time but it occurs when iOS comes under pressure to free up memory. Now that iDevice CPUs are pretty fast I hope Apple can implement an OS X-style memory compression system to reduce occurrences.

I also hope the rumors of split-screen multitasking are true because it will help significantly with this issue.

5. Better Gmail support in Mail

I use the stock Mail app with Gmail because I have not found a third-party mail app that I like (suggestions are appreciated).

However, the Mail app seems to be frequently confused by conversations, with some messages correctly joined together and others shown as distinct messages. This can be annoying if I've deleted a conversation, only for all the deleted messages to reappear in my inbox when someone else replies. In some cases this requires me to re-delete 15 or so messages.

Another issue is that it seems to be impossible to actually delete messages. Deleted messages are archived with a special tag rather than actually being deleted. Additionally, sent messages don't show up in other apps or the Gmail web interface.

It's for reasons like the five listed above that I prefer to delegate particular tasks until I get back to a desktop computer. If the rumors are correct and Apple is creating an iPad Pro, simply adding a bigger screen won't be enough. In my opinion the changes most likely to endear it to professional usage would come from iOS itself.

Posted by Jon Chappell on Saturday May 31 2014 7:53 PM to Apple, Software, Analysis
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