We've just released Pro Media Tools 1.1.13, a minor update to our suite of media management tools.
If you leave an app processing in the background while you work in another application, OS X 10.9 may suspend it. All the relevant tools in the suite are now optimized for this so that they will continue running.
We made significant changes to the frame rate conform feature in version 1.1.11 but this caused issues with a small number of files, so we're now intelligently determining when to use the old and new methods of conversion depending on the type of file being conformed.
We've updated several of the existing metadata presets as well as adding new presets for Panasonic and MXF.
The full list of changes is available here.
Pro Media Tools is an essential toolkit for video professionals, used around the world to enhance media management workflows. To find out more, view the feature list, read the user manual, watch the overview video or download the 15-day trial.
We've just released Kollaborate Server 1.0.4, a major update to our in-house cloud workflow solution.
The rest of the changes were discussed last week in the cloud release but here's a rundown.
Today we are introducing free versions of Cut Notes and CinePlay for Kollaborate users. These versions are cut-down editions that only operate with Kollaborate and have no standalone functionality. A Kollaborate account is required to use them, but the apps can be used by both free and paid users.
Cut Notes is a useful and popular iPad note-taking tool. Sync to the playback of your NLE or web browser and quickly create timecoded notes on the fly, or even take part in group note-taking sessions.
CinePlay is a professional video player for iPad and iPhone that offers markers, cropping, safe areas, CDLs and more. You can also use it take part in Kollaborate Synced Sessions, where everyone can view a video at the same time, synced to one user's playhead.
CinePlay: Kollaborate Edition will only play movies located on Kollaborate storage and Cut Notes: Kollaborate Edition will not allow you to create local projects, however both can be unlocked to the full standalone versions by in-app purchase or by purchasing those versions separately on the store. If you already own the full versions, there is no need to download the free versions because they add no new functionality.
We've introduced these versions to add additional value to a Kollaborate subscription and to make it easy to share the apps with colleagues and clients. It's also a great way to demo the apps free of charge for 15 days too.
To find out more, sign up for a free trial of Kollaborate (no credit card required), then download Cut Notes: Kollaborate Edition and CinePlay: Kollaborate Edition and login to your Kollaborate account from within the apps.
We've just released Kollaborate 1.0.4 to the cloud - a major update to our cloud workflow system that offers lots of new user-requested features and changes.
Comments can now be imported from Final Cut Pro or Avid marker lists. To do this, click the Actions button on the player page, then click Import Comments. Select the type of marker list (FCP or Avid), then browse for the file and click Upload. The markers will be imported into the file at their existing timecode positions and you will be marked as the author of the comments.
You can now see every link you have shared on a project-wide basis without having to visit the Share page for every file individually. To do this click Share from the Actions dropdown on the player page or the arrow to the right of a file on the Files page. Then click All Links for this Project at the right-hand side. If you are an admin you can view links created by everyone in the project.
Admins can now view and modify tasks they do not own. Tasks by other users will now appear in the Tasks for Others or Completed Tasks sections.
A corresponding update to Kollaborate Server will be coming next week.
Kollaborate is a cloud workflow platform for video professionals centered around the Digital Rebellion app ecosystem. To find out more, view the feature list or sign up for the free no obligation 15-day trial.
We've just launched Marker Import 2.0, a significant redesign and rebranding of Cut Notes Marker Import. Marker Import is a free tool for taking notes generated by Cut Notes or Kollaborate and importing them into your editing system. In addition to the existing Final Cut Pro 7 and FCPX project support, we've added the following new features.
Markers can now be imported into Adobe Premiere projects through FCP XML. Firstly, export your notes to a Final Cut Pro marker list from Cut Notes or Kollaborate, then export your sequence or project to Final Cut Pro XML within Adobe Premiere.
Open the marker list in Marker Import, then browse for the XML file. Select the sequence and adjust the frame offset if necessary, then click Import Markers to write them to the XML file. Reimport the XML file into Adobe Premiere and your sequence will be duplicated with the new markers.
Markers can be imported into a clip within an FCPX event file. Export your notes to a marker list, then export the event to XML from within FCPX.
Open the marker list in Marker Import, then browse for the XML file. Select the clip and adjust the frame offset if necessary, then click Import Markers. A duplicate of the event will automatically open in FCPX.
Other changes in this version include OS X 10.9 Mavericks compatibility and the ability to specify an offset in units other than frames.
We've just released Pro Media Tools 1.1.12, a minor update to our suite of media management tools.
Pro Media Tools is now compatible with OS X 10.9 Mavericks, released earlier this week.
Starting timecode can now be adjusted for a group of files at once in a batch. If a timecode track is detected it will be modified to the new value, otherwise a new timecode track will be added.
This is in addition to the Quick Tasks that already exist for importing DSLR timecode from a THM file or setting timecode to the current time of day.
The full list of changes is as follows:
Pro Media Tools is an essential toolkit for video professionals, used around the world to enable new media management workflows. To find out more, view the feature list, read the user manual, watch the overview video or download the 15-day trial.
Today Apple aimed to reaffirm their commitment to professional users with more details on the new Mac Pro. While some have correctly pointed out that the starting price for the new version is higher than the old model, this seems entirely reasonable to me given the significant leap in specifications. I was also relieved that it is reasonably upgradeable, minus the graphics card, although Mac users have never had a wide variety of cards to choose from anyway.
However, at the same time Apple took away some professional options. The Retina MacBook Pro was updated with more screen size options and improved specifications, however it has almost entirely replaced the older non-Retina model.
There are very specific reasons why some pros would choose a non-Retina model: matte display, greater availability of ports and upgradeable interior. The only option Apple is offering is a 13" version, which seems strange because I would have assumed that the type of user who chooses the non-Retina model would aim for the largest screen size possible. This would suggest that Apple is not aiming this laptop at spec-sensitive professionals at all, but instead users who are looking for a cheap option. However, it's only slightly cheaper than the 13" Retina so I'm really not sure what their target market is (if you can figure it out, let me know in the comments).
My 2011 MacBook Pro recently got destroyed so I was in the market for a new one. I considered a Retina laptop but in the end I opted for a 15" non-Retina MacBook Pro that was barely faster than my 2011 model. I could grudgingly cope with the glossy display and reduced ports but the lack of upgradeability was the deal-breaker for me. While it is good that Apple has reduced the prices of the Retina model, you'd be a fool not to max it out at the time of purchase. As I've said before on this blog, Apple is charging a premium price for a throwaway computer and they really need to factor that into the initial selling price.
While Apple recently instituted a policy of offering older versions of an app to users on older versions of iOS, it does not have the same policy on the Mac App Store and has so far given no indication that it will make older versions of OS X available upon the release of Mavericks. Consequently, the moment OS X 10.9 is released (possibly tomorrow), OS X 10.8 is likely to cease to be available for purchase.
Sometimes it can be difficult to juggle the OS compatibility of multiple third-party applications, particularly if you are still using deprecated apps in your workflows (e.g. FCP 7). So even if you have no plans to install it any time soon, we'd recommend buying OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion on the App Store today so that you have it tied to your account for future use.
Update: While 10.7 and 10.8 are no longer available for direct purchase from the Mac App Store, Apple is now offering redemption codes for OS X 10.7 and OS X 10.8 on its main online store.
FCP 7's export functions were traditionally poor and FCPX's are much better, but here's why you still need Compressor.
Mavericks will be out soon. Here's how to prepare for it, although you probably don't want to upgrade your production machines on day one.
The Microsoft Surface 2 tablet looks interesting as a potential post production tool.
Very useful tips for dealing with titles in Premiere Pro CC.
Power tips for playing video in QuickTime Player X.
FCP 7's waveform brightness function may help you to see hot spots that don't show up under the default settings.
Here's another installment of bugs in your NLE you should know about.
Contiguous clips in an EDL will be imported without cuts (Avid has this behavior too but FCP 7 doesn't)
Media files corrupted by "Write XMP ID to Files on Import" feature (I always switch this off - it's damaged too many files to risk it)