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New tool: generate widescreen image mattes quickly and easily

We've got a new webapp on the site: Aspect Ratio Matte Generator. This allows you to generate a transparent PNG image with black bars at the top and bottom to mask video to a certain aspect ratio.

While there are image packs like this already on the internet, the creator of such a pack has to try to anticipate all the resolutions the end-user is likely to need in advance. This means you may need to resize such an image if the pack creator didn't create one for the specific resolution you're working at. The advantage of our tool is that you can create one on-the-fly at the exact image size you need. It also supports aspect ratios less than 1.0 (i.e. with black bars at the sides), if such a thing is desired.

This tool is completely free and works in modern web browsers.

If you like this tool, check out our other webapps, our numerous products for video professionals and our cloud workflow platform.

Posted by Jon Chappell on Feb 6 2020 to DR News, Front Page News, Utilities
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Pro Versioner 2.1 released with improved FCPX support

Earlier this week we released Pro Versioner 2.1 which provides many tweaks and improvements to our project backup tool for creative professionals.

64-bit only

Due to several under-the-hood changes we are no longer providing a 32-bit version of Pro Versioner and all updates will be 64-bit only from now on.

Improved FCPX compatibility

We've improved compatibility with Final Cut Pro X, which boosts performance and cuts down on erroneous backup notifications.

Other changes

  • ¬†Improved app responsiveness when deleting large numbers of projects
  • Support for full-screen mode on recent OS X versions
  • Various UI tweaks
  • General bug fixes and improvements

Pro Versioner is a comprehensive backup tool to keep your project safe, complete with screenshots, annotations and cloud sync. To find out more, check out the feature list, read the user manual, watch the overview video or download the free 15-day trial.

Posted by Jon Chappell on Aug 6 2015 to DR News, Front Page News, Utilities
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CinePlay 1.2.1 for Mac released

We've just released CinePlay 1.2.1, a minor update to our professional Mac media player.

In addition to many bug fixes, optimizations and UI tweaks, we've listened to your feedback and added the option to burn a matte directly into frame grabs taken within CinePlay.

CinePlay is a professional Mac media player complete with timecode and safe area overlays, markers, annotations and full cloud playback, note-taking and real-time integration with our Kollaborate cloud workflow platform.

To find out more, view the feature list, watch the overview video, read the user manual or download the free 15-day trial.

Posted by Jon Chappell on Apr 22 2015 to DR News, Front Page News, Utilities
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CinePlay 1.2 for Mac - image sequences, annotations, host Kollaborate Synced Sessions

CinePlay 1.2 is a major update to our Mac-based media player for video professionals.

Image sequence support

You can now play back image sequences stored in TIFF, BMP, PNG and JPEG formats. CinePlay caches intelligently so it works well even with very long sequences.

Annotations

Illustrate your comments by drawing over a video frame. Annotations are supported for both Kollaborate and locally-stored videos. Changing the color of the marker also changes the pen color to match.

Note: This feature is not yet supported by Kollaborate Server. It will be added in the next server update.

Host Kollaborate Synced Sessions

CinePlay has been able to join Synced Sessions for a while but can now host them too. You can create Synced Sessions and invite users directly within the app and can use the Kollaborate Browser to switch between files.

Synced Sessions allow you to control playback on colleagues' computers and direct them to parts of the movie you want them to see.

Kollaborate caching

CinePlay can now cache cloud files locally in situations where the user is on a slow internet connection. This is an option you must initiate manually by going to Cloud > Cache Current File. This downloads the file to your computer for fast scrubbing and playback but interacts with it as if it were stored on the cloud.

This is a useful option during a Synced Session when different users are on connections of different speeds.

Kollaborate approval

Kollaborate files marked as Needs Approval can now be approved or rejected, along with an optional comment, directly within CinePlay.

Additionally, the Kollaborate Browser now indicates the status of a file under the filename.

Major architecture overhaul

We've re-engineered the playback code within the app to be more modular. This potentially allows us to easily slot in additional formats that are not compatible with AV Foundation and this is something that we will explore in future updates.

Other changes


  • Metadata is now shown in the Info dialog
  • Remote files can be downloaded
  • Activity window allows you to queue up encoding or downloading tasks for a file
  • Kollaborate features have been moved to the Cloud menu
  • Hover over timeline to show timecode
  • Option to make full screen UI show constantly
  • Pause on marker option

CinePlay is an invaluable addition to any video professional's toolkit. To find out more, check the feature list, read the user manual, watch the overview video or download the free 15-day trial.

Posted by Jon Chappell on Feb 26 2015 to DR News, Front Page News, Utilities
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Cut Notes 2.4 for iPad - share button profiles with other devices

Cut Notes 2.4 is a major update to our iPad note-taking app for video and audio professionals.

Share button profiles

One of our top feature requests was the ability to share button configurations between multiple devices running Cut Notes. We've now made that really easy.

1. Go to the Settings menu and tap Export Buttons.

2. A Compose Mail dialog will appear along with a .cnbuttons file as an attachment.

3. Email the button profile to an account accessible on the other device.

4. On the other device, tap the .cnbuttons attachment then select Open in Cut Notes.

Note: in some cases it may be necessary to tap and hold for the popup to appear.

5. Cut Notes will launch and ask if you want to import the button profile. Tap Import and your current button configuration will be overwritten by the new profile.

We've also added the ability for Kollaborate project admins to modify the comments of others and fixed several bugs.

Cut Notes is a useful addition to any post production professional's toolkit. To find out more, visit the product page, read the user manual or watch the overview video.

Posted by Jon Chappell on Feb 5 2015 to DR News, Front Page News, Utilities
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Video Space Calculator 1.2 for iOS - UI refresh, Blackmagic 4K support

Video Space Calculator 1.2 for iOS is a major update to our mobile codec data rate calculator.

In this version we've refreshed the UI with a darker theme and added support for the Blackmagic Raw 4K codec, in addition to tweaking some of the other codecs.

We've also added a settings menu that allows you to hide codecs you don't use so that you don't have to spend time scrolling around them, as well as giving you the opportunity to switch units so that 1 KB is 1000 Bytes instead of 1024.

The Mac version will be receiving a similar update soon.

Video Space Calculator is an essential tool for video professionals. To find out more, see our page on the App Store.

Posted by Jon Chappell on Feb 2 2015 to DR News, Front Page News, Utilities
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CinePlay 1.5 for iOS released - metadata and Kollaborate approval

Earlier this week we released CinePlay 1.5 for iOS, a major update to our professional mobile video player.

Metadata

You can now view various metadata fields within the app including frame rate, duration, resolution and track configuration. Kollaborate cloud videos will also show any tags that a user has assigned to the file.

Note that we moved the Settings button to make room for the new Metadata button. Settings can now be accessed from the Actions button in the top right of the player - you do not need to go back to the main menu to adjust settings.

Kollaborate approval

Kollaborate videos can now be approved or rejected directly within the player. To do this, set the file's status to Needs Approval within the Kollaborate web UI and then view it in CinePlay. A bar will appear at the top of the screen that allows you to type a comment and approve or reject the file.

The file view shows a file's approval status to make it easy to see which files need approval from you.

CinePlay for iOS is an essential addition to any video professional's toolkit. We also have a free cloud-only version you can give to clients to use with Kollaborate. To find out more, view the feature list, watch the overview video or visit our page on the App Store.

Posted by Jon Chappell on Jan 29 2015 to DR News, Front Page News, Utilities
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Pro Media Tools 1.3.4 released - Video Check matte detection and more

We've just released Pro Media Tools 1.3.4, a minor update to our suite of media management tools.

Video Check matte detection

If your video is supposed to have a matte on it, Video Check can determine if it is the correct aspect ratio. It can flag up frames where the matte is missing or the wrong size.

Other Video Check improvements include a reduction in flash frame false positives and the fact that detected problems are now listed by timecode instead of frame number.

Gamma Shift Detector improvements

We've improved support for extreme gamma shifts, added timecode displays for each video plus many other UI tweaks.

The app will also now display an error if you try to compare a black or almost entirely black frame, prompting you to select a different one where a gamma shift can be detected.

QT Edit improvements

We've added new Quick Tasks to help you automate disabling or removing audio tracks in batches. We've also added a timecode field to help you navigate through a movie.

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 Dec 4 2014 to DR News, Front Page News, Utilities
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CinePlay 1.1.4 released - new navigation controls plus UI tweaks

Yesterday we released CinePlay 1.1.4 for Mac, a minor update to our professional video player.

Many of the changes in this version are the result of customer feedback including:

New navigation controls

Fast-forwarding / rewinding can now go up to 16x speed, pressing Shift+Left/Right Arrow moves 1 second forward or back and Cmd+Left/Right Arrow switches between files in a playlist. If no playlist is currently open it goes to either the start or end of the movie.

Type to navigate to timecode position

Instead of having to click on the timecode to enter a new timecode position to navigate to, you can now simply start typing the numbers over the video and the timecode position dialog will automatically appear.

UI changes

The Info dialog now shows the timecode start position for each timecode track in the movie and improves the way audio codecs are displayed.

Dragging the playhead now shows a popup with the current timecode. We've also enlarged the video timecode overlay based on user feedback.

This is a small subset; there are several additional changes listed in the changelog.

CinePlay for Mac is an essential professional replacement for QuickTime Player X. It's free for cloud use and there is also an iOS version available.

To find out more, view the feature list, watch the overview video, read the user manual or download the free 15-day trial.

Posted by Jon Chappell on Nov 21 2014 to DR News, Front Page News, Utilities
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Pro Maintenance Tools 2.0.27 released - improved Premiere project repair

Pro Maintenance Tools 2.0.27 is a minor update to our suite of tools to maintain, optimize and troubleshoot your editing system.

Improved Premiere project repair

Project Repair now analyzes the structure of an Adobe Premiere project before repairing to try to predict the likelihood of success. If it knows the project is unsalvageable it will be able to provide a more helpful error message. It's especially useful at letting you know when the project file was truncated in the middle of saving so only half of the data is there (yes, this can happen - we recommend Pro Versioner as a way of rescuing your data).

Other changes


  • System Toolkit - Added the ability to reset Adobe plugin blacklists
  • Plugin Manager - Improved Adobe CC 2014.1 compatibility
  • Preference Manager - Improved Adobe CC 2014.1 compatibility
  • Crash Analyzer - Fixed an issue that may cause it to erroneously say a newer update is available when submitting a log
  • Updated Crash Analyzer definitions
  • Various other bug fixes, tweaks and improvements

Pro Maintenance Tools is an essential toolkit for media professionals that is used by freelancers and major studios alike. 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 Nov 11 2014 to DR News, Front Page News, Utilities
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