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Kollaborate Folder Watcher 1.2 - Finder progress bars and improved network drive support

Kollaborate Folder Watcher 1.2 is a significant update to our automatic file uploader for our Kollaborate cloud platform.

Finder progress bars

Based on your feedback, encoding and uploading now displays progress bars directly in Finder, allowing you to see at a glance the progress of any file.

Improved network drive support

Kollaborate Folder Watcher works by listening for messages from macOS that tell it when changes to a folder have occurred. These messages do not get sent on network drives so before now the app didn't work with such drives. Now it manually scans for changes too so it will detect changes on these drives, albeit with a delay compared to a local drive.

Kollaborate is an essential cloud workflow platform that allows you to share files with clients and team members while integrating with Digital Rebellion apps and services. To find out more, see the overview or register for the free trial.

Posted by Jon Chappell on Jan 17 2017 to DR News, Front Page News, Kollaborate
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CinePlay 1.4.4 for Mac with improved playlist support

Last week we released CinePlay 1.4.4, a minor update to our Mac media player for video professionals.

Flip/rotation improvements

Flip / rotation settings are now stored on a per-movie basis instead of being a global setting. This allows you to rotate movies and have the setting remembered when the file is reopened.

Additionally, flip/rotation is now taken into account when exporting movies and showing hover thumbnails.

Improved playlist support

Playlists are easier to use in full screen with a bug fix that prevents a sizing issue, as well as a new feature to show you the name of the clip when a new clip loads.

You can read the full list of changes here.

 CinePlay is a powerful playback and note-taking tool for video professionals. To find out more, see the feature list, read the user manual, watch the overview video or download the free 15-day trial. Kollaborate customers get cloud functionality in CinePlay free of charge.

Posted by Jon Chappell on Jan 16 2017 to DR News, Front Page News, CinePlay
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Massive storage boost for Kollaborate subscribers

We've given Kollaborate subscribers a massive free storage space boost. Kollaborate was already one of the best-value review platforms on the market due to the fact you get 5 team members and all features on the base plan, in addition to free access to several of our products, and this increases the value even more.

Additionally, our higher-level plans now come with unlimited team members.

Plan Old Storage New Storage
Freelance 25 GB 30 GB
Small Business 50 GB 60 GB
Business 75 GB 100 GB
Production 140 GB 200 GB
Studio 225 GB 250 GB
Studio Plus 400 GB 500 GB
Network 1 TB 1.5 TB
Network Plus 2 TB 3 TB

You can view the full list of package benefits, including pricing, here.

Kollaborate is an essential cloud workflow platform that allows you to share files with clients and team members while integrating with Digital Rebellion apps and services. To find out more, see the overview or register for the free trial.

Posted by Jon Chappell on Jan 10 2017 to DR News, Front Page News, Kollaborate
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2016 - Year in Review

Another year is over so let’s look back on the past 12 months.

Notable updates

We launched a new online store.

Kollaborate 2.0 - We significantly enhanced our cloud workflow platform with hoverscrub thumbnails, folder peeking, to-do comments, an Adobe Premiere panel, Web Hooks and numerous other improvements. 

Pro Maintenance Tools 2.2 - Our suite of maintenance and repair tools gained improved support for Avid and the ability to manage Quartz Composer plugins for FCPX.

Pro Media Tools 1.4.5 - Our suite of media management tools received support for importing timecode from BWF files plus many improvements to QT Edit’s conform mode.

CinePlay 1.4.2 for Mac - Our professional media player gained thumbnail hover previews plus various improvements to timecode accuracy.

Cut Notes 2.4.4 - Our iPad note-taking tool received multi-line and dynamically-sized button labels plus various cloud improvements.

In total we released over 60 updates for our products.

Stats

Our most-downloaded app was Preference Manager but our most-used app was Post Haste. Our most popular paid tool was Pro Maintenance Tools. Our most popular iOS app was Video Space Calculator. The number of daily Kollaborate users doubled.

The most popular blog posts in 2016 were:

What’s next

This year we are planning to release at least one new product alongside major updates to Kollaborate coming in the next few weeks. We are planning significant overhauls of our desktop and mobile products to not only add new features but also make them cross-platform, and we will try to release as many of these major updates as we have time for in a year. You can keep up to date with new products, features and tips by subscribing to this blog, following us on Twitter or Facebook or by subscribing to our mailing list.

Posted by Jon Chappell on Jan 2 2017 to DR News, Front Page News
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Weekend Reads - Dec 24 2016

AMD's RYZEN Outshines Intel's Best In 7 Different Benchmarks & Demos - WCCFTech

AMD's new RYZEN processors look excellent.

New MacBook Pros Fail to Earn Consumer Reports Recommendation - Consumer Reports

New MacBook Pros not recommended by Consumer Reports due to battery issues.

30 of the Most Important Photoshop Features and How to Use Them - PetaPixel

There's something in here for everyone, from beginner to professional.

Making Final Cut Pro Great Again (for Pros) - Sean Lander

Wishlist for future FCPX versions.

Posted by Jon Chappell on Dec 24 2016 to Weekend Reads
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Weekend Reads - Dec 17 2016

Colour Grading Tutorials for DaVinci Resolve - Jonny Elwyn

Extensive list of free video tutorials for DaVinci Resolve.

Lumaforge : FCPX 10.3 Workflow

Great overview of narrative workflows in FCPX 10.3, courtesy of Lumaforge and LACPUG.

Tips to help abrupt dialog edits - Pro Tools is Awesome!

Lots of useful dialogue editing tips that can be applied to other DAWs too.

In Old Movies, Why The Dial Tone After Someone Hangs Up? - YouTube

Once again, movies make the mistake of applying something that only exists in California to the rest of the country.

This Web Tool Helps Creatives Say 'No' to Working for Poor Pay or Exposure - PetaPixel

This is a great tool for helping you negotiate with clients.

Posted by Jon Chappell on Dec 17 2016 to Weekend Reads
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How to import sequences into Premiere Pro from XML without duplicating media

Premiere Pro stores metadata that helps it determine which files exist in a project, however when roundtripping via XML through a non-Adobe app this metadata can get lost, resulting in Premiere duplicating all of the existing media in the project upon import.

Here's how to prevent that:

  1. Create a new, temporary Premiere project. Because Premiere can only open one project at once, your current project will close.
  2. Import the XML file into the temporary project and save it. Relink any files that need it.
  3. Reopen your main project.
  4. Click the Media Browser tab at the bottom left and browse to the location of the temporary project on your hard drive.  Select it and after Dynamic Link has loaded, the contents of the temporary project will appear in the Media Browser.

  5. Navigate to your imported sequence and double-click it to load it in the Source Monitor in the top left.
  6. Drag the video from the Source Monitor into your project / bin to import it into the project. Premiere may reimport certain things like titles but your media files will not be duplicated.
Posted by Jon Chappell on Dec 14 2016 to Adobe, Tutorials, Video Editing
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Recent updates - December 2016

We've been busy - here are some recent software updates for our products that you may have missed.

Pro Maintenance Tools 2.2 - Nov 16 2016

  • Housekeeper - Support for trashing After Effects disk caches not in the default location
  • Plugin Manager - Support for Quartz Composer plugins
  • Crash Analyzer - Improved Avid support
  • CS Repair - Fixed an issue that could cause files to be erroneously flagged up
  • Plugin Manager - Improved plugin installer compatibility with Xcode 8 and macOS Sierra
  • Updated Crash Analyzer definitions
  • Various other bug fixes, tweaks and improvements

Kollaborate Server 2.0.3 - Nov 15 2016

  • PHP 7.0 is now supported. You will likely need to update your Ioncube loader to use this version, even if you are not using PHP 7.
  • When emailing out a link through the site, the user's name is populated from their email address so they no longer need to enter it before commenting
  • Users can hold down Shift to prevent the comment overlay showing in full screen
  • Uploads from the FCPX plugin are now matched for revisions based on their title, not filename
  • Black thumbnails are now shown instead of the "unknown document" icon if a video thumbnail is pending
  • Prevented comments on archived projects
  • The comments box is now sized proportionally to the height of your browser
  • Added a popup alert to ask the user if they want to reset their password if they get it wrong too many times
  • API - Shared links generated by apps now take the file's title instead of appearing as Untitled
  • Forward and back slashes are now stripped from file titles
  • Extended OAuth token expiration dates to prevent infrequent users from constantly having to reauthorize
  • Improved the browser compatibility of annotation drawing
  • Fixed an issue where admins could not email a link created by another user
  • Fixed an issue on OS X where multiple link reminder emails may be sent
  • Fixed an issue where admins could not add Approval permissions to other users
  • Fixed an issue where revision uploads could fail if the parent folder contained invalid characters
  • Fixed an issue where aliases may not be playable
  • API: Fixed an issue where the server could choose the original file instead of the proxy when playing an alias
  • Fixed an error that could occur when trying to move thumbnails for a file type that does not intrinsically support thumbnails
  • Fixed an issue where comments may not show when a task with Japanese characters in the title is attached to it
  • Fixed an issue where invisible users could exist and not be able to be removed from a project
  • Fixed an issue where encoding jobs may not be distributed evenly across encoding servers
  • Security improvements
  • UI tweaks
  • Various other minor bug fixes and improvements
Posted by Jon Chappell on Dec 7 2016 to DR News
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Weekend Reads - Dec 3 2016

How To Edit an Action Movie - Jonny Elwyn

Great primer on action scene editing, alongside real movie clips showing the techniques.

Premiere Pro CC 2017- New Features - reTooled.net

Some of the less obvious features in the new Premiere update.

In Search of the New Mac Pro by Damian Allen - ProVideo Coalition

What are the options in a world in which the Mac Pro still hasn't been updated?

AMD Zen Summit Ridge Processors Rumored For Launch on 17th January - WCCFTech

AMD is getting back in the high-performance CPU game. Intel-class performance, half the price.

Free 2017 Post Production Icons! - Sam Woodhall

Free folder icon pack from Sam Woodhall. Great for Post Haste users.

Posted by Jon Chappell on Dec 3 2016 to Weekend Reads
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Pro Maintenance Tools 2.2 - manage Quartz Composer plugins, improved Avid support

Pro Maintenance Tools 2.2, our suite of tools for maintaining, optimizing and troubleshooting your editing system,  was recently updated with the following new features.

Manage Quartz Composer plugins

Plugin Manager now supports Quartz Composer plugins, allowing you to boost performance and troubleshoot FCPX issues by disabling or removing errant plugins.

Trash After Effects disk caches not in the default location

Housekeeper can now clear out After Effects disk caches that are set to a custom location. This a great way of freeing up space as the cache by default takes up 10% of your drive space (100 GB on a 1 TB drive).

Improved Crash Analyzer compatibility with Avid Media Composer

Recent versions of Avid have split up the app into different processes for improved stability and performance and Crash Analyzer can now analyze crashes in these extra processes.

Other changes

  • CS Repair - Fixed an issue that could cause files to be erroneously flagged up
  • Plugin Manager - Improved plugin installer compatibility with Xcode 8 and macOS Sierra
  • Updated Crash Analyzer definitions
  • Various other bug fixes, tweaks and improvements

Pro Maintenance Tools is an invaluable toolset to help working video professionals get up and running again quickly in the event of a problem. To find out more, see the feature overview, read the user manual, watch the overview video or download the free 15-day trial.

Posted by Jon Chappell on Nov 19 2016 to Pro Maintenance Tools, DR News, Front Page News
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