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Recent updates - July 2020

In case you missed it, here are some recent software updates for our products.

CinePlay for iOS 1.7.8 - Jun 19 2020

  • Fixed an issue where it might not be possible to enter comments with an external keyboard
  • Minor UI tweaks
Posted by Jon Chappell on Jul 7 2020 to DR News
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Recent updates - June 2020

In case you missed it, here are some recent software updates for our products.

Pro Media Tools 1.9 - May 22 2020

  • macOS 10.15 Catalina compatibility for all apps except QT Edit. QT Edit is still in the process of being converted to AV Foundation and will be updated in a future release.
  • Gamma Shift Detector has been discontinued and removed from the suite but can be freely downloaded from https://www.digitalrebellion.com/support/gammashiftdetector
  • Dark mode support
  • Apps in the suite now use the modern AV Foundation API (this primarily affects Edit Detector and Video Check)
  • Edit Detector is now more accurate at finding edit points
  • Pro Media Tools now requires macOS 10.10 or higher
  • Various bug fixes, tweaks and modernizations

Gamma Shift Detector 1.8 - May 22 2020

This app has been discontinued. This update removes the registration code to make the app freely downloadable.

Kollaborate Server 3.0.3 - May 20 2020

Docker changes

  • Fixed an issue where the container may not be able to communicate with LetsEncrypt's servers
  • Setting USE_LETS_ENCRYPT to false now removes existing certificates, which is useful for troubleshooting
  • Fixed an issue where Postfix may not start automatically
  • When LetsEncrypt is switched on, http requests are now automatically forwarded to https

Other changes

  • Support for showing image files in the Adobe Panel
  • Comments - Replies are still listed under their respective parent comments when ordering comments by date
  • Comments - Fixed an issue where comment replies may not be threaded correctly
  • Player - Fixed an issue where pressing Play on Cut Notes wouldn't stop rewinding/fast forwarding when synced to the web UI
  • Users - Fixed an issue where admins could be unable to add users in some instances
  • Various minor tweaks and bug fixes

Upgrading from a previous version

Please see the Upgrading section of the installation guide for instructions on how to upgrade your existing installation.

Posted by Jon Chappell on Jun 7 2020 to DR News
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Pro Media Tools 1.9 - Catalina support, Dark Mode and Edit Detector accuracy improvements

We recently released a major new update to Pro Media Tools, our suite of media management tools for video professionals.

macOS 10.15 Catalina compatibility

The main change in this version is long-awaited compatibility with macOS 10.15 for all apps in the suite, with the exception of QT Edit, where a Catalina-compatible version is still in development and will be released in a future update.

Additionally, as previously announced, Gamma Shift Detector has been removed from the suite, but can be downloaded free of charge here.

Some apps required few or no changes in order to be Catalina compatible, but the two apps that required the most work were Edit Detector and Video Check. The QuickTime foundations of these apps were stripped out and replaced with AV Foundation equivalents, resulting in faster processing speeds as well as the aforementioned compatibility.

Other changes

The apps in the suite now support Dark Mode on macOS 10.14 and higher.

Additionally,  we managed to optimize and improve Edit Detector’s detection accuracy as a nice side-effect of the rewriting work we did.

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 26 2020 to Front Page News, DR News, Pro Media Tools
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Kollaborate Server 3.0.3 - improved Docker integration and bug fixes

Kollaborate Server 3.0.3 is now out, which is a minor update to our self-hosted workflow platform.

Docker changes

  • Fixed an issue where the container may not be able to communicate with LetsEncrypt's servers
  • Setting USE_LETS_ENCRYPT to false now removes existing certificates, which is useful for troubleshooting
  • Fixed an issue where Postfix may not start automatically
  • When LetsEncrypt is switched on, http requests are now automatically forwarded to https

Other changes

  • Support for showing image files in the Adobe Panel
  • Comments - Replies are still listed under their respective parent comments when ordering comments by date
  • Comments - Fixed an issue where comment replies may not be threaded correctly
  • Player - Fixed an issue where pressing Play on Cut Notes wouldn't stop rewinding/fast forwarding when synced to the web UI
  • Users - Fixed an issue where admins could be unable to add users in some instances
  • Various minor tweaks and bug fixes

Upgrading from a previous version

Please see the Upgrading section of the installation guide for instructions on how to upgrade your existing installation.

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 May 20 2020 to DR News, Front Page News, Kollaborate
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Recent updates - May 2020

In case you missed it, here are some recent software updates for our products.

CinePlay: Kollaborate Edition 1.7.7 - May 5 2020

  • Fixed an issue where marker text could be unreadable in Dark Mode

CinePlay for iOS 1.7.7 - May 5 2020

  • Fixed an issue where marker text could be unreadable in Dark Mode

Kollaborate Server 3.0.2 - Apr 28 2020

Docker changes

  • Environment variables have been moved to a separate config.env file to make future updates simpler
  • LetsEncrypt integration allows you to easily setup SSL encryption
  • A proxy is now used to route HTTP and Websocket data to the correct services, increasing the compatibility of Synced Sessions with certain firewalls / network configurations
  • Kollaborate Server now has a local mail server for sending emails directly from the server, although you'll still need to setup things like SPF, DMARC, reverse DNS records, etc, at the domain level in order for emails to get past spam filters.

Other changes

  • Deleted files and projects can now be restored for up to 30 days, up from 14
  • Deleted file events now appear on the History page for a project (only project admins can see this)
  • You can customize the port that the websocket server listens on and allow Kollaborate to connect to it over web ports (80 or 443) if it's running through a proxy. Connecting through standard web ports increases compatibility with firewall and network configurations.
  • Overhauled how encoder pinging works on the Admin Dashboard and statuses can now be refreshed manually without needing to reload the page
  • Some browsers may block autoplaying videos with sound, which can affect Synced Sessions. Kollaborate now mutes audio if it detects this to allow the video to still play in sync. Users can click on the Mute icon to unmute audio. Repeated use of Kollaborate will eventually teach a browser to allow autoplaying video with audio.
  • More efficient preloading of hoverscrub thumbnails
  • Fixed an issue where the size of a file could be reported incorrectly if it takes a while to move to the shared storage volume
  • Fixed an issue where link recipients could only download the originally linked file and not any other versions
  • Fixed an issue where folder link recipients couldn't view comments in certain situations
  • Fixed an issue where caption durations could be incorrect depending on the timecode start point
  • Only documents below 300 MB are converted to PDF, which fixes extremely long encoding jobs for documents with embedded videos
  • Improvements to how folder disk usage is calculated when moving files
  • Various minor installer tweaks and improvements
  • Various minor backend tweaks and bug fixes

Upgrading from 3.0.1

If you are upgrading from the Docker installation on 3.0.1, you will need to move your MySQL database settings from docker-compose.yml to the new config.env file. Then follow the upgrade instructions in the setup guide.

Kollaborate Encoder 1.5.1 - Apr 28 2020

Changes in this version

  • Compatibility with Kollaborate Server 3.0.2
  • Communication with Kollaborate Server now follows redirects, which fixes an issue where you may get a blank response from the server if you set the web server URL as http instead of https.
  • Limit images passed to ffmpeg to 15Kx15K as it can't deal with images bigger than that
  • Fixed an issue where document jobs wouldn't requeue if they fail
  • Fixed an issue where soffice could be killed prematurely, preventing office docs being converted
  • Fixed an issue where some temporary document files wouldn't be cleaned up after encoding finished
  • Various small bug fixes, tweaks and optimizations

CinePlay: Kollaborate Edition 1.7.6 - Apr 28 2020

  • Fixed an issue that could cause videos to appear blank in certain circumstances
  • Stability improvements

CinePlay for iOS 1.7.6 - Apr 28 2020

  • Fixed an issue that could cause videos to appear blank in certain circumstances
  • Stability improvements

Cut Notes: Kollaborate Edition 2.5.7 - Apr 13 2020

  • Fixed an issue that could cause the Kollaborate login window to be blank
  • Fixed an issue that could prevent Kollaborate sync working correctly
  • Improved support for Kollaborate Server 3.0.2
  • Minor bug fixes, tweaks and optimizations

Cut Notes for iPad 2.5.7 - Apr 13 2020

  • Fixed an issue that could cause the Kollaborate login window to be blank
  • Fixed an issue that could prevent Kollaborate sync working correctly
  • Improved support for Kollaborate Server 3.0.2
  • Minor bug fixes, tweaks and optimizations

Kollaborate Folder Watcher 1.3.7 - Apr 8 2020

  • Stability improvements
  • Relaxed transport security settings to allow unencrypted self-hosted servers
  • Improved macOS 10.15 Catalina compatibility
  • Minor bug fixes, tweaks and optimizations

Kollaborate Transfer 1.5.6 - Apr 7 2020

  • More descriptive error message if you can't upload because your account is out of disk space
  • Relaxed transport security settings to allow unencrypted self-hosted servers
  • Improved macOS 10.15 Catalina compatibility
  • Minor bug fixes, tweaks and optimizations
Posted by Jon Chappell on May 7 2020 to DR News
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Kollaborate Server 3.0.2 - improved Docker integration and backend polish

The latest update for our self-hosted workflow platform, Kollaborate Server 3.0.2, is out with significant improvements to the Docker integration plus lots of backend tweaks and polish.

Docker changes

  • Environment variables have been moved to a separate config.env file to make future updates simpler
  • LetsEncrypt integration allows you to easily setup SSL encryption
  • A proxy is now used to route HTTP and Websocket data to the correct services, increasing the compatibility of Synced Sessions with certain firewalls / network configurations
  • Kollaborate Server now has a local mail server for sending emails directly from the server, although you'll still need to setup things like SPF, DMARC, reverse DNS records, etc, at the domain level in order for emails to get past spam filters.
  • Fixed an issue where special characters may not display correctly
  • Fixed an issue where thumbnails may not display
  • Limited the size of Docker logs to save disk space

Other changes

  • Deleted files and projects can now be restored for up to 30 days, up from 14
  • Deleted file events now appear on the History page for a project (only project admins can see this)
  • You can customize the port that the websocket server listens on and allow Kollaborate to connect to it over web ports (80 or 443) if it's running through a proxy. Connecting through standard web ports increases compatibility with firewall and network configurations.
  • Overhauled how encoder pinging works on the Admin Dashboard and statuses can now be refreshed manually without needing to reload the page
  • Some browsers may block autoplaying videos with sound, which can affect Synced Sessions. Kollaborate now mutes audio if it detects this to allow the video to still play in sync. Users can click on the Mute icon to unmute audio. Repeated use of Kollaborate will eventually teach a browser to allow autoplaying video with audio.
  • More efficient preloading of hoverscrub thumbnails
  • Fixed an issue where the size of a file could be reported incorrectly if it takes a while to move to the shared storage volume
  • Fixed an issue where link recipients could only download the originally linked file and not any other versions
  • Fixed an issue where folder link recipients couldn't view comments in certain situations
  • Fixed an issue where caption durations could be incorrect depending on the timecode start point
  • Only documents below 300 MB are converted to PDF, which fixes extremely long encoding jobs for documents with embedded videos
  • Improvements to how folder disk usage is calculated when moving files
  • Various minor installer tweaks and improvements
  • Various minor backend tweaks and bug fixes

See the release notes and setup guide for information on installing from scratch or upgrading from a previous version.

There's also a corresponding Kollaborate Encoder 1.5.1 update with the following changes:

  • Compatibility with Kollaborate Server 3.0.2
  • Communication with Kollaborate Server now follows redirects, which fixes an issue where you may get a blank response from the server if you set the web server URL as http instead of https.
  • Limit images passed to ffmpeg to 15Kx15K as it can't deal with images bigger than that
  • Fixed an issue where document jobs wouldn't requeue if they fail
  • Fixed an issue where soffice could be killed prematurely, preventing office docs being converted
  • Fixed an issue where some temporary document files wouldn't be cleaned up after encoding finished
  • Various small bug fixes, tweaks and optimizations

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 Apr 28 2020 to DR News, Front Page News, Kollaborate
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Recent updates - April 2020

In case you missed it, here are some recent software updates for our products.

CinePlay for iOS 1.7.5 - Mar 28 2020

  • CinePlay no longer uses OpenGL, which fixes some bugs / glitches and increases compatibility with future versions of iOS. This also necessitated the removal of the Kollaborate CDL coloring feature. Our recommended replacement is to use an Upload Workflow on Kollaborate to bake a LUT into a proxy.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur at startup
  • Lots of UI / polish tweaks
  • General bug fixes, tweaks and optimizations

CinePlay for iOS 1.7.4 - Mar 12 2020

  • Improved compatibility with iOS 13

Kollaborate Folder Watcher 1.3.6 - Mar 10 2020

  • Improved compatibility with macOS 10.15 Catalina
  • Added an option in Preferences to specify the amount of time Folder Watcher should wait after a file has been written to before considering the file as "finished" and starting the upload
  • Fixed an issue where some files may not encode/upload if they contain certain characters in their metadata fields
  • Various minor bug fixes, tweaks and optimizations
Posted by Jon Chappell on Apr 7 2020 to DR News
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Kollaborate Server 3.0.2 pre-release available with improved Docker integration

We've now got a pre-release version of our self-hosted workflow platform, Kollaborate Server 3.0.2, with significant improvements to the Docker scripts. We've tested it internally but need some extra feedback on how the Docker scripts work in certain environments.

Docker changes

  • Environment variables have been moved to a separate config.env file to make future updates simpler
  • LetsEncrypt integration allows you to easily setup SSL encryption
  • A proxy is now used to route HTTP and Websocket data to the correct services, increasing the compatibility of Synced Sessions with certain firewalls / network configurations
  • Kollaborate Server now has a local mail server for sending emails directly from the server, although you'll still need to setup things like SPF, DMARC, reverse DNS records, etc, at the domain level in order for emails to get past spam filters.
  • Improved performance when macOS is the host OS
  • Fixed an issue where special characters may not display correctly
  • Fixed an issue where thumbnails may not display

Other changes

  • Deleted files and projects can now be restored for up to 30 days, up from 14
  • Deleted file events now appear on the History page for a project (only project admins can see this)
  • You can customize the port that the websocket server listens on and allow Kollaborate to connect to it over web ports (80 or 443) if it's running through a proxy. Connecting through standard web ports increases compatibility with firewall and network configurations. (Note: our apps currently assume the websocket port is always 8000; we will be releasing updated versions of our apps shortly that respect the new settings.)
  • Fixed an issue where folder link recipients couldn't view comments in certain situations
  • Various minor backend tweaks

See the release notes and setup guide for information on installing from scratch or upgrading from a previous version.

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 Mar 23 2020 to Kollaborate, Front Page News, DR News
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Business continuity during coronavirus pandemic

Due to the ease of remote working in our industry, many of our customers are continuing working during the pandemic and so we wanted to make a statement about the continued availability of our services.

We have always been a remote and nimble company so the coronavirus pandemic does not change our business operations in any material way. Customers should therefore expect services and support to continue as normal.

If you're looking for a way to help in the fight against coronavirus, we recommend people with fast computers download Folding@Home to aid in scientific understanding of the virus. We'd also recommend people contribute to Mozilla's Common Voice project, as this pandemic will likely accelerate the need for non-touch machine interfaces like voice.

Posted by Jon Chappell on Mar 14 2020 to DR News, Front Page News
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Recent updates - March 2020

In case you missed it, here are some recent software updates for our products.

Pro Maintenance Tools 2.3.1 - Mar 3 2020

  • Improved compatibility with macOS 10.15 Catalina
  • Plugin Manager Installers - Improved compatibility with Apple's new notarization requirements
  • Plugin Manager Installers - Better handling of notarization errors, including the option to easily see the notarization log
  • Stability improvements
  • General bug fixes, tweaks and optimizations

CinePlay 1.6.4 - Feb 28 2020

  • Improved compatibility with macOS 10.15 Catalina
  • CinePlay no longer treats the "Elapsed Time" display as if it was just timecode with a different start point. This fixes an issue where CinePlay may have produced different time output compared to QuickTime Player X. This doesn't change the default display type, which is Timecode.
  • Fixed an issue with being unable to step frame-by-frame through extremely long movies
  • Fixed an issue where aspect ratio blanking could have incorrect dimensions on macOS 10.15
  • General bug fixes, tweaks and optimizations
Posted by Jon Chappell on Mar 7 2020 to DR News
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