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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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Kollaborate Server 2.0.3 released with PHP 7 support

Earlier this week we released Kollaborate Server 2.0.3, a minor update to our in-house version of our Kollaborate cloud workflow platform. These fixes have already been rolled out to users of the cloud version.

Kollaborate Server can now be run on PHP 7, as well as PHP 5.6. You will need to make sure you have the very latest version of the Ioncube Loader to do this. Even if you are not using PHP 7 you may still need to update the loader if you are using a very old version.

Other changes

  • 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

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. Kollaborate Server allows you to host the platform in-house on your own servers and storage. To find out more, see the Kollaborate Server overview or register for the free cloud trial (Server trials are available on request).

Posted by Jon Chappell on Nov 19 2016 to Kollaborate, DR News, Front Page News
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2016 holiday support changes

We wanted to notify customers in advance of some temporary changes to support over the holidays.

November 21st-January 2017 (not sure of the exact date) - Phone support will be unavailable. This should impact only a few customers as the majority of our interactions are over email but we would recommend those customers email us instead during those dates.

November 21st-December 5th - There may be a delayed response to emails for the first week and a smaller delay during the second week. We've timed this so the bulk of the delay occurs around Thanksgiving to minimize potential impact.

These temporary reductions are unfortunately unavoidable. We've tried our best to minimize potential disruption but we apologize in advance for any complications this causes.

Posted by Jon Chappell on Nov 17 2016 to DR News, Front Page News
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Recent updates - November 2016

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

Pro Media Tools 1.4.6 - Nov 1 2016

  • QT Edit - Added an option to preserve the original file's timestamp in batch mode
  • QT Edit - Added additional ARRI metadata presets
  • QT Edit - Conforming is now aborted if the user does not have write permissions for the file
  • QT Edit - Fixed an issue where exported timecode in marker lists could be incorrect
  • Post Haste - Updated the default templates to use the new [template] filename syntax (go to Tools > Restore Default Templates to get the new ones)
  • Post Haste - Added support for Premiere Pro 2015.3 project files
  • Post Haste - Removed Kollaborate support (for now)
  • Various other bug fixes, tweaks and improvements

Post Haste for Mac 2.6 - Oct 21 2016

  • Updated the default templates to use the new [template] filename syntax (go to Tools > Restore Default Templates to get the new ones)
  • Added support for Premiere Pro 2015.3 project files
  • Removed Kollaborate support (for now)
  • Various other bug fixes, tweaks and improvements

Build 2601 fixes an issue where the New Folder option may not appear.

Preference Manager 4.4 - Oct 21 2016

  • Preference Manager now requires OS X 10.8 or higher
  • Kollaborate support removed (for now)
  • Support for backing up FCPX metadata definitions
  • Improved support for Adobe Premiere workspaces
  • Fixed an issue that could cause a hang when managing auto backups
  • Various other bug fixes, tweaks and improvements

Pro Client 1.6.2 - Oct 21 2016

  • Pro Client now requires OS X 10.8 or higher
  • Various bug fixes, tweaks and improvements

Pro Admin 1.6.2 - Oct 21 2016

  • Pro Admin now requires OS X 10.8 or higher
  • Performance improvements
  • Fixed an issue where crash logs may not be cached
  • Various other bug fixes, tweaks and improvements

Pro Admin 1.6.2 - Oct 21 2016

  • Pro Admin now requires OS X 10.8 or higher
  • Performance improvements
  • Fixed an issue where crash logs may not be cached
  • Various other bug fixes, tweaks and improvements

Pro Versioner 2.1.4 - Oct 20 2016

  • Pro Versioner now requires OS X 10.8 or higher
  • Fixed a hang that could occur when starting the background helper
  • Prevented temporary FCPX events created during operations like exporting from being automatically backed up
  • Various other bug fixes, tweaks and improvements

CinePlay 1.4.3 - Oct 18 2016

  • Ability to set a default marker color
  • Press Shift+M to add a marker without showing the marker edit dialog (local files only)
  • Added 14:9 and 1:2 masks
  • Stability improvements
  • Various minor fixes, tweaks and improvements
Posted by Jon Chappell on Nov 7 2016 to DR News
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Pro Media Tools 1.4.6 - preserve movie timestamps in QT Edit batch mode

We've just released Pro Media Tools 1.4.6, a minor update to our suite of media management and workflow tools for video professionals.

Preserve timestamps in QT Edit

Batch mode now has an option to preserve timestamps. This allows you to modify a group of files but keep the creation / modification dates the same. This is helpful for situations where your workflow depends on the files having particular dates and times.

Other changes

 

  • QT Edit - Added additional ARRI metadata presets
  • QT Edit - Conforming is now aborted if the user does not have write permissions for the file
  • QT Edit - Fixed an issue where exported timecode in marker lists could be incorrect
  • Post Haste - Updated the default templates to use the new [template] filename syntax (go to Tools > Restore Default Templates to get the new ones)
  • Post Haste - Added support for Premiere Pro 2015.3 project files
  • Post Haste - Removed Kollaborate support (for now)
  • Various other bug fixes, tweaks and improvements

 

Pro Media Tools is an essential toolkit for media professionals. To find out more, view the feature list, read the user manual or download the free 15-day trial.

Posted by Jon Chappell on Nov 2 2016 to DR News, Front Page News, Pro Media Tools
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CinePlay 1.4.3 for Mac - default marker colors, quick marker inserts

CinePlay 1.4.3 is a minor update to our Mac-based media player for video professionals.

Default marker color

You can now set a default marker color in preferences. This means that whenever you press the M key it will default to the color you chose. This is a great timesaver if you have a specific marker color scheme within your company.

Quick insert markers

Press Shift+M to insert a marker without showing the marker edit dialog. This is great if you need to mark a specific position quickly and plan to edit the marker text later.

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 Oct 19 2016 to DR News, CinePlay, Front Page News
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Recent updates - October 2016

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

CinePlay for iOS 1.6.4 - Sep 21 2016

Fixed an issue where some manually-synced media library items would not display

CinePlay for iOS 1.6.3 - Sep 13 2016

 

  • iOS 10 compatibility
  • Minor bug fixes and tweaks

 

Cut Notes 2.4.5 - Sep 13 2016

  • iOS 10 compatibility
  • Minor bug fixes and tweaks
Posted by Jon Chappell on Oct 3 2016 to DR News
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Weekend Reads - Sep 10 2016

Google is working on a way for artificial intelligence to compress your photos -- Quartz

A compression method invented by the spoof HBO show Silicon Valley can actually work in real life to reduce image sizes.

The bizarre true story behind the "this is a work of fiction" disclaimer

The real reason movies have disclaimers at the end.

Roadie Wrap - YouTube [video]

The proper way to wrap cables.

For first time, carbon nanotube transistors outperform silicon

A big breakthrough in carbon nanotube technology just as Moore's Law is approaching the end for silicon.

HypeVR's Volumetric VR Video Rig Uses 14 Epic Red Cameras

HypeVR creates a "volumetric" camera rig offering limited movement through a VR video.

Posted by Jon Chappell on Sep 10 2016 to Weekend Reads
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