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.
Yesterday we released Pro Maintenance Tools 2.0.17, a minor update to our suite of tools to maintain, optimize and troubleshoot your editing system.
The changes in this version are as follows:
We've also updated the error message database in Crash Analyzer and you can view a list of all supported NLE error messages here.
Pro Maintenance Tools is an essential maintenance and troubleshooting toolkit for every editor. To find out more, view the feature list, read the user manual, watch the overview video or download the free trial.
As of today, Post Haste will no longer be available from the Mac App Store. Due to Apple's App Store sandboxing restrictions, it can be difficult to deliver a good user experience from file management apps like Post Haste that need to read from and write to a variety of locations on your hard drive.
In addition, we've known for a while that features on our future roadmap (e.g. scripting) would put us in direct conflict with Apple's App Store policies, despite being highly requested by our userbase. We knew that at some point in the future we'd need to make a decision about Post Haste on the store but hadn't expected it to happen quite so quickly.
We are unable to provide future updates to the current version nor offer a cut-down version without making what we consider to be unacceptable user experience changes, so we have made the decision to remove Post Haste from the store completely.
To be clear, development of Post Haste is alive and well for both Mac and PC, and the software will continue to be available for free download from our site. Most customers won't be affected by this because the majority have downloaded directly from us, but we apologize to those affected and encourage them to download a more up-to-date version of the app from our site.
We've just launched Preference Manager 4.1, a major update to our free preference management tool for Mac.
Preference Manager now supports Logic Pro X, allowing you to trash, lock, backup and restore Logic Pro X preferences, channel strip settings, key commands, patches and plugin settings.
It's also been modified to be compatible with OS X 10.9 Mavericks, which will be released later this month.
Mavericks makes some significant changes to the preference system in OS X, meaning that simply trashing .plist files in your Preferences directory may not be enough. Preference Manager works around this, so what some already consider to be an indispensable tool just became even more indispensable because the manual methods may no longer work reliably.
We've made a variety of other tweaks and you can read the list of changes here.
Preference Manager is an essential part of video and audio post production workflows around the world. To find out more, view the feature list, watch the video overview, read the user manual or download the app free.
Earlier we launched CinePlay 1.2, a major update to our professional iOS video player.
You can now take part in Synced Sessions directly in CinePlay. This allows your CinePlay playhead to be controlled by someone else so you can take part in collaborative viewing sessions with multiple people on your project.
Note: CinePlay can only act as a guest and cannot currently host a session.
You can now upload a Color Decision List to Kollaborate and have CinePlay color correct a video file according to the values in the CDL.
Here's how to do it:
1. Grade the video and export a Color Decision List from your grading software.
2. Upload the ungraded video to Kollaborate.
3. Upload the CDL to Kollaborate.
4. On the Files page, click the arrow to the right of the CDL and select Relationship Editor.
5. Click New Relationship.
6. Select the video, then set the relationship type to CDL.
7. Play the video in CinePlay and you will see the new grade. If you already had the video open, go back to the menu and select it again.
CinePlay will not apply the CDL if the movie's timecode does not fall within the bounds of the CDL clip start and end points. What this means is that you can use one CDL to apply different grades to different videos, or set the in and out points high to make it apply to multiple videos.
Like Cut Notes, CinePlay will now show an on-screen notification when someone else makes a note on the video you are watching.
We've significantly overhauled the playback architecture which provides a base for many additional new features in future. We've also optimized the app to improve memory usage and performance and made it iOS 7-compatible.
You can read the full list of changes here.
CinePlay is an essential tool for video professionals, especially when used in conjunction with our Kollaborate cloud workflow platform. To find out more, view the feature list, read the user manual, watch the video overview or buy on the App Store.