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Pro Maintenance Tools 2.1.9 - Clear DaVinci Resolve render caches

Pro Maintenance Tools 2.1.9 is a minor update to our suite of tools for maintaining, optimizing and troubleshooting your editing applications.

Clear DaVinci Resolve render caches

Housekeeper can now clear out DaVinci Resolve's render cache either manually or on a schedule via the Task Scheduler app. This can be useful both for troubleshooting and freeing up disk space.

Clear CloudKit cache

System Toolkit can clear out CloudKit metadata caches, which can resolve Finder performance problems in recent versions of OS X.

Other Changes

  • Housekeeper - Support for trashing failed Mac App Store software updates
  • Housekeeper - Improved loading times
  • CS Repair - Fixed an issue where Premiere may not automatically close
  • Updated Crash Analyzer definitions
  • Various other bug fixes and tweaks

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 Jul 21 2016 to DR News, Front Page News, Pro Maintenance Tools
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Digital Rebellion Summer Sale - Educational Pricing for All

Our summer sale, which extends through Friday July 22nd, allows you to get our products for their educational price even if you're not affiliated with a school.

Discounted Products

Pro Maintenance Tools $129 $99

Maintain, optimize and troubleshoot your editing system.

 

Pro Media Tools $99 $79

Media management and workflow tools for video professionals.

CinePlay for Mac $29 $19

Professional Mac media player.

Pro Versioner $49 $34

Backup and versioning for creative projects.

Pro Admin 5-Client License $69 $49

Pro Admin Unlimited Client License $129 $99

Remote maintenance and troubleshooting (requires Pro Maintenance Tools).

Posted by Jon Chappell on Jul 18 2016 to DR News, Front Page News
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Kollaborate Server 2.0.1 and Kollaborate Encoder 1.1.2 released

Kollaborate Server 2.0.1 and Encoder 1.1.2 are now available for registered and trial customers of Kollaborate Server. This is intended as a bug fix release and the changes were already made available on the cloud version of the service.

Changes in Kollaborate Server 2.0.1

  • Various fixes for project / file subscriptions
  • Fixed an issue where hoverscrub thumbs may not appear
  • Fixed an issue where the Files view could appear empty
  • Fixed an issue where subfolders in shared folders could be inaccessible to shared links
  • Comment streams now show timecoded comments
  • Various UI improvements to comment streams
  • Improved reliability when disabling multi-factor authentication
  • Fixed an issue where file titles could appear blank in certain situations in the email digest
  • Improved support for importing comments with special characters into the Adobe Premiere panel
  • Fixed an issue where Synced Sessions could stall for clients
  • Fixed an issue where thumbnails may not be generated for videos shorter than 1 second
  • Fixed an issue where newlines may not appear in certain comments
  • Security improvements
  • Various other bug fixes, tweaks and optimizations

Changes in Kollaborate Encoder 1.1.2

  • If getting the queue fails on the first try, it retries up to 3 times. This is useful if loading at startup before the server has an internet connection.

Upgrade instructions

Full upgrade instructions are located in the Quick Start Guide but the basic workflow is as follows:

1. Download the new update (available after logging in).

2. Copy the contents of the Installation Files folder except the config folder to the root folder of your web server, overwriting any existing files.

3. Visit yoursite.com/upgrade in your web browser and click Upgrade.

4. Delete the "upgrade" and "install" folders from the root folder of your web server.

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 Jul 14 2016 to DR News, Front Page News, Kollaborate
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Recent updates - July 2016

Here are some recent software updates for our products you may have missed.

Kollaborate Encoder 1.1.1 - Jun 30 2016

  •  Fixed an issue where hoverscrub thumbnails may not be deleted after use
  • Various bug fixes and reliability improvements

Kollaborate Plugin Pack 1.1.2 - Jun 27 2016

Fixed an issue that could require FCPX users to re-authorize periodically

Kollaborate Plugin Pack 1.1.1 - Jun 15 2016

Fixed an issue where in-house customers might not be able to change the server away from kollaborate.tv.

Kollaborate Folder Watcher 1.1.1 - Jun 15 2016

Fixed an issue where in-house customers might not be able to change the server away from kollaborate.tv.

Kollaborate Transfer 1.4.2 - Jun 15 2016

Fixed an issue where in-house customers might not be able to change the server away from kollaborate.tv.

Kollaborate Transfer 1.4.1 - Jun 8 2016

Improved memory usage when creating hoverscrub thumbnails

Posted by Jon Chappell on Jul 3 2016 to DR News
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WWDC - What we'd like to see in OS X 10.12

WWDC is right around the corner and Apple will most likely be unveiling a new version of OS X. Here's what we'd like to see. 

HEVC / H.265 support

H.265 (also known as HEVC), promises to halve the bitrate of its predecessor, H.264. This means that you can deliver the same video at half the bandwidth, or alternatively double the quality within the same bandwidth. This could greatly increase the popularity of 4K video on the web. 

The problem so far has been a legal one - instead of having everything tidily packaged within a single patent pool, there are two competing pools in competition with each other. 

In particular, the HEVC Advance pool initially had onerous terms that would have cost hardware and software providers considerably more money than they paid to license H.264. Most of these provisions have now been scaled back fortunately. 

Whenever a new codec comes out there is always a chicken-and-egg problem - there's no reason to make content because people can't play it and there's no reason to enable people to play it because there's no content. So now is a great time for Apple to take the plunge and kickstart the H.265 / HEVC format. 

System-wide Dark Mode

In OS X 10.11, Apple added a Dark Mode option which dims the menu bar to fit in better with dark-UI pro apps like DaVinci Resolve. 

We'd like to see this taken one step further and offer the ability to toggle the entire UI of an app light or dark. For many apps this will require no changes so it could probably be an opt-out option for developers.

Finder tags

When Apple introduced OS X 10.9 they included Finder tags which allowed you to tag a file with additional metadata.

However, this is not particularly useful because the tags appear as color dots instead of text and they are very small and overlap each other. It also means you can no longer color code the entire filename, making it easy to miss color-coded files.

So my proposal is for two types of tags: color tags and text tags. Color tags affect the background color of the file in the list and can be easily spotted when scrolling. You can only assign one color to a file.

Text tags do not affect the background color of the file, even when colored, but appear in a bubble next to the filename. So you can tag it “VFX” and “Delivery" for example and anyone can see at a glance that it is a VFX deliverable. Any tags that can’t fit in can be expanded by clicking an ellipsis icon next to the filename.

Airplay video streaming

It should be possible to stream video from a Mac video player like QuickTime or CinePlay to an Apple TV. This is something that can already be done in iOS but still hasn’t made it to the Mac.

There are some solutions to this but they are very hacky and developers would benefit from an officially-sanctioned method.

AV Foundation: Don’t treat remote files as second-class citizens

There are some very powerful tools in Apple’s AV Foundation media framework. Unfortunately many of the functions for scanning media files and extracting information are limited only to files that exist on the user’s local hard drive. This can limit the options you have for dealing with files on a remote web or FTP server.

There is no real reason for this because even though the data originates on a remote server, it still ends up in memory and/or cached to disk, depending on the situation. Because AV Foundation is built to be asynchronous, there is no reason why this data cannot be provided to an app as and when it is downloaded.

Better SVG image support

Apple needs better support for SVGs throughout the OS such as more accurate rendering in QuickLook and the ability to see thumbnails. 

We'd especially like to see an easy way to use SVGs within a user interface, which could make the aforementioned Dark Mode a little more painless to implement.

Third-party codecs in AV Foundation

Now that AV Foundation has matured and inherited many of the more advanced features of QuickTime, it's time for Apple to fix the biggest omission: third-party codecs. It would be even better if there were ways for developers to also override functionality such as streaming and caching with custom behaviors.

Posted by Jon Chappell on Jun 11 2016 to Apple, Analysis
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CinePlay 1.4 for Mac - OS X 10.11 Split View, remembers window sizes and in and out points

CinePlay 1.4 is a major update to our Mac media player for video professionals.

OS X 10.11 Split View support

CinePlay is now compatible with the Split View feature of El Capitan. This allows you to hold down the mouse on the green full-screen icon and position two windows side-by-side.

This is extremely useful when using the Ganged Playheads feature to synchronize two movies and play them side-by-side.

New Kollaborate authentication API

This version is the first to support our new Kollaborate authentication API in a stable release (we have betas available for our other apps).

This is a completely new way of connecting your account to our service, which offers more security and flexibility.  Your old logins should be detected automatically so you don't need to take any action with the new version.

Movie preferences remembered

CinePlay will now remember window settings on a per-movie basis. So if you prefer a particular movie to always open filling the screen, this preference will be respected.

Any in and out points you set will also be remembered upon relaunching the app.

Other Changes

  • Added 2:1 and 2.39:1 aspect ratio masks
  • Markers now reorder themselves chronologically in the Markers window when you change their timecode
  • Fixed several issues where modifying a marker in the player would not immediately update the Markers window and vice versa
  • Additional minor bug fixes, tweaks and improvements

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 May 27 2016 to DR News, Front Page News, CinePlay
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Pro Media Tools 1.4.4 released with new QT Edit Quick Tasks

Earlier this week we released Pro Media Tools 1.4.4, a minor update to our suite of media management and workflow tools for video professionals.

QT Edit Quick Tasks

We’ve added some new Quick Tasks to QT Edit:

  • Invert pixel aspect ratio (e.g. 10:11 becomes 11:10)
  • Copy reel name from filename - Sets the timecode track’s reel name field to the movie’s filename
  • Copy reel name from folder name - Sets the timecode track’s reel name field to the folder that the movie is located in

The reel name tasks in particular are extremely useful when applying to multiple clips at once in a batch.

Other changes

  • QT Edit - Improved compatibility when conforming movies with generic media tracks
  • QT Edit - An alert message is now only shown for the first Quick Task queued up in batch mode
  • Various other minor bug fixes and tweaks

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 May 18 2016 to Pro Media Tools, DR News, Front Page News
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Kollaborate Server 2.0 - notification digests, hoverscrub thumbs, peek in folder, Web Hooks and more

We've just launched Kollaborate Server 2.0 - a major update to our in-house workflow platform for video professionals. This is the in-house companion to Kollaborate 2.0 that launched on the cloud last month.

File management improvements


We've rebuilt the Files page to behave more like a desktop browser like OS X Finder, including arrow key navigation, click to select, shift-click to select a range of files, etc.


QuickLook is also back but this time it behaves a lot more like the one in OS X. Press Space on a selected file to preview it without opening it. You can even QuickLook folders to peek inside them.

Notification Changes

One of the key goals of Kollaborate is keeping people informed, but with the old system it could sometimes be difficult to balance the needs of people who wanted to know about every single change vs those who wanted a much looser connection to the project.

So we’ve now introduced the concept of subscriptions. By default, everyone will receive a periodic digest summarizing recent changes to the project in a single email. You can choose to receive this once an hour, every few hours, once a day or not at all. (If there are no changes to the project in that time you won’t receive an email.)

If you want to receive instant alerts like in the previous version, you can subscribe to a project, file or task. Subscribing to a project makes the behavior identical to the previous version and can be done by clicking the dropdown next to the project on the Projects page.

Subscribing to a file or task alerts you to instant changes involving that item but without switching on alerts for other files or tasks in the project. Some actions automatically subscribe you to a file - such as uploading or commenting on it. You can click the Subscribe button again on the file to unsubscribe.

 

Thumbnail view and hoverscrub

You can now toggle between the traditional list view and a new thumbnail view. This provides fewer power user options but is a great way of graphically browsing through your files. 


We've also added hoverscrub thumbnails like in FCPX so you can browse through a file just by scrubbing your cursor over it. You also get a thumbnail view when you hover your mouse over the playhead in the player.


Additionally, audio files now show a thumbnail of their waveform instead of a generic icon.

(Note: hoverscrub thumbs are currently only created by Kollaborate Encoder and the latest beta of Kollaborate Transfer.)

To-Do Comments


Tap the checkbox icon in a comment to turn it into a to-do comment, then tap it again to mark it done. 


You can filter by to-do and choose to only export to-do comments to your NLE. 


Adobe Premiere panel


We've also launched an extension for Adobe Premiere that functions as both a file browser and task manager.

You can browse files in the cloud and download them directly into your project by double-clicking them. You can also import  markers into your current sequence. 


View your current to-dos, click on them to jump to that position in your timeline and then click the tick to mark them as complete.

The extension is supported on Mac and Windows and Kollaborate Server is supported by version 1.0.2 and higher.

Dashboard

Dashboard is back - view recent project changes, assigned tasks, favorites, to-do comments and more at a glance. 


Web Hooks (Beta)

Kollaborate Server can send events such as uploads or new comments to a custom script either on the same server or another server for integrating with in-house databases and task managers.

Some examples of what you could use it for:

  • Logging every file uploaded to a database
  • Adding new tasks to your calendar management software
  • Adding comments or tasks to your in-house work tracking system
  • Sending custom email alerts to users
  • Creating keywords or hashtags in comments that trigger certain behavior in your in-house systems

Note that web hook events are not immediate and will normally arrive after a few minutes. This is a beta feature so we're keen to hear how customers plan to use this feature and what additional data they need for integrating in-house.

Web Hooks can be switched on from the Configure page in the admin area. Only super admins can access this page.

Major architectural overhaul


We've made significant under-the-hood modifications to the software, not all of which are immediately noticeable to users, but they pave the way for significant features in the future.

If you are upgrading from a previous version, be aware that this version moves a lot of things around so please be patient if the upgrade script takes a while. Playable proxies are now stored separately from original media files and thumbnails are now stored in your media storage area (expect thumbnails to take up 2-3 times more space than before due to the new sizes and hoverscrub options).

Another area we've made significant changes to is our API. This improves security by allowing you to approve or deny access to your account on a per-app basis. Did your laptop get stolen? Did you log into an app on your friend’s computer and accidentally forget to log out again? Not a problem - you will be able to revoke access on those devices remotely once we fully switch over to the new API.

We’ve made the changes in such a way that the current apps still work, but this is only intended to be temporary. We currently have beta versions of our apps available that support the new API and will be revoking access to older versions in the next few months. We’ll make a public announcement when that date is set so that users know when to update to newer versions.

Kollaborate Encoder 1.1

A corresponding Kollaborate Encoder update has been released that supports Kollaborate Server 2.0, can generate hoverscrub thumbnails and also fixes some bugs from the previous version. This is an essential update for Kollaborate Server 2.0 users with an encoding license.

Upgrade instructions

Full upgrade instructions are located in the Quick Start Guide but the basic workflow is as follows:

1. Download the new update (available after logging in).

2. Copy the contents of the Installation Files folder except the config folder to the root folder of your web server, overwriting any .

3. Visit yoursite.com/upgrade in your web browser and click Upgrade.

4. Delete the "upgrade" and "install" folders from the root folder of your web server.

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.

Posted by Jon Chappell on May 12 2016 to Kollaborate, DR News, Front Page News
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Kollaborate 2.0 - notification overhaul, hoverscrub thumbs, peek in folder, Premiere extension, Web Hooks and more

We've just launched Kollaborate 2.0 - a major update to our cloud workflow platform for video professionals.

Notification Changes

One of the key goals of Kollaborate is keeping people informed, but with the old system it could sometimes be difficult to balance the needs of people who wanted to know about every single change vs those who wanted a much looser connection to the project.

So we’ve now introduced the concept of subscriptions. By default, everyone will receive a periodic digest summarizing recent changes to the project in a single email. You can choose to receive this once an hour, every few hours, once a day or not at all. (If there are no changes to the project in that time you won’t receive an email.)

If you want to receive instant alerts like in the previous version, you can subscribe to a project, file or task. Subscribing to a project makes the behavior identical to the previous version and can be done by clicking the dropdown next to the project on the Projects page.

Subscribing to a file or task alerts you to instant changes involving that item but without switching on alerts for other files or tasks in the project. Some actions automatically subscribe you to a file - such as uploading or commenting on it. You can click the Subscribe button again on the file to unsubscribe.

File management improvements


We've rebuilt the Files page to behave more like a desktop browser like OS X Finder, including arrow key navigation, click to select, shift-click to select a range of files, etc.


QuickLook is also back but this time it behaves a lot more like the one in OS X. Press Space on a selected file to preview it without opening it. You can even QuickLook folders to peek inside them.

Thumbnail view and hoverscrub

You can now toggle between the traditional list view and a new thumbnail view. This provides fewer power user options but is a great way of graphically browsing through your files. 


We've also added hoverscrub thumbnails like in FCPX so you can browse through a file just by scrubbing your cursor over it. You also get a thumbnail view when you hover your mouse over the playhead in the player.


Additionally, audio files now show a thumbnail of their waveform instead of a generic icon.

(Note: we're still converting some of the existing files on the server so it might be a day or two before you see the hoverscrub thumbs show up for files you've already uploaded.)


To-Do Comments


Tap the checkbox icon in a comment to turn it into a to-do comment, then tap it again to mark it done. 


You can filter by to-do and choose to only export to-do comments to your NLE. 


Adobe Premiere panel


We've also launched an extension for Adobe Premiere that functions as both a file browser and task manager.

You can browse files in the cloud and download them directly into your project by double-clicking them. You can also import  markers into your current sequence. 


View your current to-dos, click on them to jump to that position in your timeline and then click the tick to mark them as complete.

The extension is currently Mac-only but will be available for Windows soon.

Dashboard

Dashboard is back - view recent project changes, assigned tasks, favorites, to-do comments and more at a glance. 


Storage boost

We've given both subscribers and trial users a storage boost.

Package Old Storage New Storage
Trial 1 GB 2 GB
Freelance 20 GB 25 GB
Small Business 40 GB 50 GB
Business 60 GB 75 GB
Production 120 GB 140 GB
Studio 200 GB 225 GB
Studio Plus 350 GB 400 GB
Network 750 GB 1 TB
Network Plus 1.5 TB 2 TB

Web Hooks (Beta)

Kollaborate can send events such as uploads or new comments to a third-party server for integrating with in-house databases and task managers.

Some examples of what you could use it for:

  • Logging every file uploaded to a database
  • Adding new tasks to your calendar management software
  • Adding comments or tasks to your in-house work tracking system
  • Sending custom email alerts to users
  • Creating keywords or hashtags in comments that trigger certain behavior in your in-house systems

Note that web hook events are not immediate and will normally arrive after a few minutes. This is a beta feature so we're keen to hear how customers plan to use this feature and what additional data they need for integrating in-house.

Web Hooks can be switched on from your profile page and will only apply to projects you own.

Major architectural overhaul


We've made significant under-the-hood modifications to the service, not all of which are immediately noticeable to users, but they pave the way for significant features in the future.

One area we've made significant changes to is our API. This improves security by allowing you to approve or deny access to your account on a per-app basis. Did your laptop get stolen? Did you log into an app on your friend’s computer and accidentally forget to log out again? Not a problem - you will be able to revoke access on those devices remotely.

We’ve made the changes in such a way that the current apps still work, but this is only intended to be temporary. We will be releasing new versions of our apps in the coming weeks that support the new API and will be revoking access to older versions in the next few months. We’ll make a public announcement when that date is set so that users know when to update to newer versions.

As always, we take all feedback on board so please let us know what you think using the Feedback link on the site or by contacting us.

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 Apr 7 2016 to Kollaborate, DR News, Front Page News
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Cut Notes Avid sync plugin 1.1 - improved accuracy and responsiveness

We've just updated our Avid Media Composer timecode sync plugin for Cut Notes to version 1.1.

Because Avid renders several frames ahead of playback we have to offset that in order to keep timecode in sync and you can now directly adjust the offset in the plugin settings window.

The full list of changes is as follows:

  • Added a Playback Time Offset option in settings to offset the effect of Avid rendering several frames ahead of the current playback position. The option only applies during playback and is ignored when stopping or scrubbing.
  • Improved responsiveness
  • UI improvements
  • Minor bug fixes

Cut Notes is an iPad app for quickly taking notes while synced to various NLEs, time-of-day or cloud videos. To find out more, please see our product page or browse the app page on the iOS App Store.

Posted by Jon Chappell on Mar 15 2016 to Cut Notes, DR News, Front Page News
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