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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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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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CinePlay 1.4.2 for Mac - thumbnail hover preview plus various fixes

CinePlay for Mac was just updated to version 1.4.2.

Thumbnail hover preview

When hovering over the timeline, you now see a thumbnail preview of the video under the mouse cursor. This is a useful way of quickly scrubbing through a video or finding the exact position to skip to. If desired, this can be switched off from the Preferences window.

Note that this currently only works for video files locally stored on your hard drive. It does not yet work with Kollaborate cloud videos but this will be coming soon.

Other changes

  • Added a thumbnail preview when hovering over the timeline (local files only)
  • When deleting a marker from the Markers window, the next marker along is now selected automatically
  • Fixed an issue where video could not be flipped
  • Fixed an issue where the app could display an Open dialog even when a movie loaded at startup
  • More accurate frame stepping
  • Improved timecode accuracy
  • Various other fixes and tweaks

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 Aug 2 2016 to DR News, Front Page News, CinePlay
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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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CinePlay 1.3 for Mac - audio waveforms, scrubbing and BWF timecode

We've just launched CinePlay 1.3 for Mac, a major new update to our professional media player.

Audio waveforms

CinePlay now dynamically displays waveforms for locally-stored audio files.

Audio scrubbing

Hear the current audio sample under the playhead as you drag it or navigate with the keyboard shortcuts. This can be disabled in preferences if desired.

Several timecode tweaks

  • Timecode is now detected in WAV audio files with BWF headers
  • Set the default timecode frame rate / format for audio files in preferences. Audio files are measured in samples, not frames, so setting this parameter manually allows you to match markers with the audio file when imported into your NLE.
  • Changes to how drop-frame timecode is calculated, which fixes a couple of edge-cases where it was incorrect.

Other changes

  • Markers can be exported to DVD Studio Pro chapter lists
  • Overlay windows are now hidden when full screen or switching to another movie
  • Full screen playback UI no longer auto-hides if the mouse is hovering over it
  • Fixed an issue that could cause the UI to not appear in full screen
  • Improved playback performance

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 Nov 19 2015 to Front Page News, DR News, CinePlay
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CinePlay 1.2.3 for Mac - import markers from FCP and Avid

Our professional media player CinePlay for Mac has a new update with some useful new features and lots of bug fixes.

Import markers

By popular demand, we've added the ability to import markers from FCP 7 and Avid marker lists directly into CinePlay. This makes it easy to transfer your markers to other computers running CinePlay and provides compatibility with other tools like Cut Notes.

Markers import at the same timecode positions and with the same assigned colors.

Other changes

  • Added a keyboard shortcut to copy the current timecode position to the clipboard
  • Timecode display settings are now respected in the timecode hover and Info window
  • Fixed an issue that could cause the user interface to not appear when moving the mouse in full screen
  • Fixed an issue where the timecode overlay could appear off-screen when choosing the View > Half Size option
  • Fixed an issue where playback would start at the beginning if it reached the end and the user seeked somewhere else and started playing
  • Fixed a hang that could occur when closing a movie
  • CinePlay no longer asks to convert movies that are corrupt
  • Numerous UI tweaks
  • Various other bug fixes 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 Aug 11 2015 to DR News, Front Page News, CinePlay
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Rewrapping MP4 to MOV with CinePlay

I recently had a need to rewrap an MP4 to MOV without transcoding the existing H.264 video when it occurred to me that CinePlay for Mac makes an excellent rewrapping tool, despite this purpose not actually occurring to us during development.

Here's how to do it:

1. Open up the MP4 you wish to convert in CinePlay.

2. Go to File > Export.

3. Under both Video and Audio, select Don't Transcode (pass-through) and click Save.

The movie will be rewrapped to a separate MOV extremely quickly. Depending on how much video data needs to be copied over to the new file, it could be as short as a few seconds.

Posted by Jon Chappell on May 27 2015 to Tutorials, Software, CinePlay
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