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Pro Media Tools 1.7.3 - new QT Edit Quick Tasks, better Auto Transfer offline volume handling

We recently released a minor update to our suite of media management tools. Here's what's new in Pro Media Tools 1.7.3:

QT Edit

We've added Quick Tasks in QT Edit for the following actions:

  • Disable all video tracks except track 1
  • Remove all video tracks except track 1
  • Disable all audio tracks
  • Remove all chapters

These tasks can be run in single-file or batch modes.

Additionally, while you won't be able to see the difference by looking, we've completely overhauled Quick Tasks under the hood to make it more efficient and to make it easier for us to deliver more Quick Tasks in future.

Auto Transfer

We've improved how Auto Transfer handles situations where volumes are offline. It now informs you which volumes are offline when you click the Transfer button, instead of the transfer just failing.

You can also now switch off transfer logging in preferences.

 Other changes

  • Auto Transfer - Fixed a crash that could occur when writing to the transfer log after a file transfer has failed
  • Batch Renamer - When renumbering an image sequence, the number padding of the first file is now applied to all files
  • QT Edit - Fixed an issue where audio sample rates in the Info pane could be incorrect
  • Fixed an issue that could prevent the Open dialog launching when an app starts up
  • Various minor bug fixes, tweaks and optimizations

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 29 2018 to Pro Media Tools, DR News, Front Page News
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Pro Media Tools 1.7.2 - Auto Transfer transfer log, export still frames from Video Check and more

Pro Media Tools 1.7.2 adds useful new features to our suite of media management tools for video professionals.

Auto Transfer transfer log

Auto Transfer, our camera memory card offloading tool, now includes a transfer log. This is a text file that shows you checksums and metadata for each file that was copied. Logs are stored on a per-project basis and you can view the log by going to View > Transfer Log.

Export still frames from Video Check

Video Check, our QC-checking tool, now allows you to export a still image of the currently selected frame, which is useful when you need to show someone a visual flaw in the video.

Other changes

  • Auto Transfer - Added a right-click menu to the Destinations pane allowing you to reveal a destination in Finder
  • Auto Transfer - Remaining disk space indicator now updates more frequently
  • Auto Transfer - Only alert to offline volumes if they are enabled in the Destinations pane
  • Auto Transfer - Fixed a crash that could occur if you tried to transfer to a non-existent volume
  • Timeline Tricks - Improved the naming of modified sequences in FCP7 XML
  • Timeline Tricks - Fixed an issue where FCP7 XML might not import into Premiere correctly
  • Video Check - Fixed a hang that could occur when flash frame checking is switched on and there was an error reading the file
  • Minor bug fixes, tweaks and optimizations

 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 Aug 2 2018 to Pro Media Tools, Front Page News, DR News
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Pro Media Tools 1.7 - strip transitions, support for exporting DaVinci Resolve marker EDLs

We recently released Pro Media Tools 1.7, a major update to our suite of media management and processing tools.

Strip transitions

Timeline Tricks can now strip audio and/or video transitions from FCP 7 XML files, which can be useful before outputting an OMF or AAF for sound mixing.

DaVinci Resolve marker support

Edit Detector and Video Check can now export marker EDLs to DaVinci Resolve.

To import the EDLs into Resolve, right-click the timeline in the Media or Edit window, then go to Timelines > Import > Markers from EDL.

Batch Renamer queue management

You can now easily clear the file list in Batch Renamer by clicking the Clear button and can set this to occur automatically after processing in Preferences.

Other changes

 

  • QT Edit - Space bar now plays back video
  • QT Edit - Track Name is now the default selected tab when selecting a track
  • Video Check - Fixed an issue where results may be color-coded incorrectly
  • Video Check - Fixed an issue where the Export dialog would default to a .txt extension irrespective of the initial output type
  • General bug fixes, tweaks and optimizations

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 Feb 14 2018 to DR News, Front Page News, Pro Media Tools
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Making relative Adobe asset paths work in Post Haste templates

If you're using Post Haste to create templates for your Adobe project files, you may have run into an issue where the project file still points to assets in their original location on disk, not relative to the template path.

Here's how to get relative paths working:

  1. Create a new folder to temporarily store the files.

  2. Recreate the relevant folders from your template. So if you store video in a Media folder and the project file in a Projects folder, create those folders inside the new directory.

  3. Copy (not move) the assets and project files into the folders you created, exactly the way they are setup in the template.

  4. Open up the project in your Adobe app and relink to the assets inside the temporary folder, then save the project and close it.
  5.  Move the project folder from the temporary directory back into your Post Haste template, overwriting the project file if it's already there.

  6. Delete the temporary folder.

Post Haste is a free app for Mac and PC that makes it easy to create new projects from templated folder structures. To find out more, check out the feature list, read the user manual or download the app for Mac or PC.

Posted by Jon Chappell on Jan 26 2018 to Pro Media Tools, Tutorials
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Pro Media Tools 1.6.1 - new Auto Transfer metadata types and support for DJI drones

Last week we released Pro Media Tools 1.6.1, a minor update to our suite of media management tools for video professionals.

New List metadata type in Auto Transfer

Our camera offloading tool Auto Transfer now has a new metadata type - List. This allows you to specify a series of items, separated by commas, and force the user to choose one of these without being able to enter custom values. I use this in my workflows to send video and audio to different folders.

Additionally in Auto Transfer, you can now choose in preferences whether to include the camera ID in auto-detected reels (e.g. A011) or just have it be a numeric value (e.g. 011).

We've also added support for detecting volumes from DJI drones.

Force UTC timezone in QT Edit

By default our QuickTime metadata editing tool QT Edit uses times in your local timezone. This is appropriate for most workflows, especially when adding timecode tracks from the creation time of the file, but some users have requested support for UTC timezone instead, irrespective of the local timezone. You can now force UTC in preferences.

Other changes

 

  • Auto Transfer - Fixed an issue where metadata columns in the Transfer view wouldn't reorder when reordered from the Metadata pane
  • Auto Transfer - Fixed an issue where files on transferred volumes may not retain their original modification dates
  • QT Edit - Limited the maximum number of metadata fields to 400 to prevent the app hanging if a movie has corrupt metadata
  • Fixed an issue that could cause a "trial has expired" message to appear
  • 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 Sep 28 2017 to DR News, Front Page News, Pro Media Tools
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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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Pro Media Tools 1.4.5 - import timecode from BWF files, conform improvements

Last week we released Pro Media Tools 1.4.5, a minor update to our suite of media management and workflow tools.

Import timecode from BWF files

QT Edit has a new quick task to import timecode from Broadcast Wave (BWF) audio files. You can either select a single file to import from or an entire folder. If you select the latter, it will match audio files to video files with the same name in the batch.

Conform improvements

We've improved the accuracy and reliability of conforming video files to different frame rates in QT Edit.

Other changes

  • QT Edit - Fixed an issue where the Discard button does nothing when closing a batch that hasn't been submitted
  • Fixed an issue that could cause the Open dialog in several apps to show at startup even if a previous file was automatically reopened
  • Various other 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 Aug 11 2016 to DR News, Front Page News, Pro Media Tools
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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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Pro Media Tools 1.4.3 - set QT track names, export edit points as still images and run scripts upon render

Pro Media Tools 1.4.3 is a significant update to our suite of media management tools with some great new features for video professionals.

OS X 10.8 or higher required

Pro Media Tools now requires a minimum of OS X 10.8. If you are running a version lower than this, you can access older versions here.

Set QuickTime movie track names

You can now specify track names in QT Edit, allowing you to give a user-friendly description of the track's contents, such as "M&E" or "French language dialogue". These descriptions will show up in the Movie Properties pane of QuickTime Player 7 and any app configured to support them. We will be adding support to CinePlay soon.

Export edit points as still images

Edit Detector can now export full-size still images of the frame at each detected edit point, which are useful for creating thumbnails or adding to spreadsheets.

Run script upon render

Render Watcher can now run an AppleScript, Bash or Swift script, or alternatively an application, upon successful render. This is useful for connecting with other services such as Slack.

Other changes

 

  • QT Edit - Improved support for importing FCPX markers
  • QT Edit - Fixed an issue that could cause timecode to run at a faster rate than the movie's frame rate
  • Render Watcher - Improved support for Compressor droplets

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

 

Posted by Jon Chappell on Jan 19 2016 to Front Page News, DR News, Pro Media Tools
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Pro Media Tools 1.4 released with major Auto Transfer overhaul

We've just released a major new version of Pro Media Tools, our suite of media management tools for video professionals.

The focus of this release was Auto Transfer, our tool for offloading and verifying data from camera memory cards. We've given it a complete overhaul which now allows it to copy and verify in a single step, resulting in significantly faster processing speeds.

Embeddable Metadata

Auto Transfer has had the ability to add metadata before transferring for a while, but until now this was used only for naming directory structures or embedding in a spreadsheet. You can now link a metadata field to a corresponding QuickTime metadata key which will be embedded in any QuickTime movies on the transferred volume. We offer a variety of presets for different NLEs and cameras so you can pick the best options for your workflow.

Determine if a volume has already been copied

Auto Transfer can now determine if a drive has already been transferred and such drives will appear as "Finished" upon mounting. If you want to transfer it again anyway, just select it and click Transfer. 

It works by placing a small invisible file on the volume and is smart enough to know if the drive has been updated even if it wasn't fully reformatted. It requires drives to be writeable and can be disabled from Preferences if preferred.

Other changes

  • Auto Transfer - Copy progress is now shown in the window title and icon
  • Auto Transfer - Notification Center alerts are now shown on failure
  • Auto Transfer - Volumes chosen as destinations no longer appear as transfer sources
  • Auto Transfer - The Day field intelligently auto-increments
  • Auto Transfer - Select multiple volumes at once and batch eject or transfer
  • Auto Transfer - The number of copy failures is now linked to the drive serial number rather than volume name
  • Auto Transfer - The drive's UUID is now logged in the spreadsheet

You can read the full list of changes here.

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

 

Posted by Jon Chappell on Sep 11 2015 to DR News, Front Page News, Pro Media Tools
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